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There is strength in numbers. Every day, CAA is working on behalf of professionals in the visual arts to create resources, build networks, and encourage scholarship at the highest levels. The louder our voice, the more we can do.

Rejoin CAA during the month of April and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.

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Plan on participating in the 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020? Submissions are due April 30, 2019.

Join your colleagues and fellow professionals in creating the programming for the largest gathering of art historians, artists, designers, curators, arts administrators, museum professionals, and others in the visual arts.

Now is the perfect time to rejoin and save.

Offer valid from April 1–April 30, 2019, 11:59 PM EST, to individual lapsed members for a one-year membership. Discount applies only to those whose membership has lapsed between January 1, 2012 and January 1, 2018. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code.

Questions? Contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1.

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A Word to the Wise

posted by November 14, 2018

We want to remind everyone that CAA DOES NOT sell its lists of members, conference attendees or participants in our Book and Trade Fair. If you see someone offering those items for sale or rent, they are trying to scam you. This time of year, we see more of these scams and want you to know to stay away from them.

If you receive a solicitation, please forward it to us at NYOFFICE@collegeart.org and we will get in touch with the scofflaws.

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Lapsed Member? Rejoin CAA in November at 25% Off

posted by October 31, 2018

This November is the perfect time to rejoin CAA. We know your membership has lapsed, but we want you back.

We’ve just announced the full schedule for the 2019 Annual Conference in New York, February 13-16, 2019. Registration for the Annual Conference opened in October and we are on track to have our largest conference in New York in over five years. CAA just launched the application portal for the Art History Special Exhibition Travel Fund, which awards up to $10,000 to students and faculty for museum exhibition travel in connection with their studies. In the coming week, we will also release our Guidelines for Addressing Changes to Visual Arts Programs at Colleges And Universities, a new tool created in response to the many devastating arts and humanities department closures or reductions that have occurred in recent years. Be a part of the organization that supports the arts and humanities and all professionals in the field.

Renew your Membership

There has never been a better time to rejoin CAA.

We look forward to seeing you at the 107th CAA Annual Conference in New York, February 13-16, 2019.

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Thank You to our Long-time Members

posted by May 22, 2018

Attendees at CAA 2018 (Professor Awilda Sterling-Duprey on the right). Photo: Rafael Cardenas

A senior scholar recently received a notice asking her to renew her CAA membership. She nicely wrote back to our membership department and suggested that perhaps CAA could offer a complimentary lifetime membership to those who had been long-time members. It was a good idea.

We brought her suggestion to the Board of Directors and they unanimously agreed. Beginning immediately, all CAA members who have been members of the organization for more than 40 years (not consecutively) shall receive a lifetime membership in CAA. 

Members should have a current active membership to receive this benefit. Qualified members, please contact membership services Member Services or call 212-691-1051, ext. 1. to upgrade your membership.

Remember, this is your organization and your suggestions and feedback are how we make it stronger together.

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Attendees at the 2018 Annual Conference. Image: Rafael Cardenas

Artists and scholars are members of CAA because of the connections they form at our Annual Conference. But putting together an Annual Conference is no small task. The process to plan and execute the CAA Annual Conference takes the CAA staff and committees nearly a full year. You might have noticed that we opened the portal for session submissions for the 2019 Annual Conference in New York, February 13-16, just five days after we ended the LA meeting.

We received nearly 1,000 submissions for the 2019 Annual Conference – the highest number in CAA’s history. We had more than 4,200 attendees in Los Angeles. We hope to see more than 5,000 in New York.

As we set ourselves to planning CAA 2019, we take into consideration your ideas and comments. Working from feedback from the Annual Conference survey and from conversations in person we will make the NYC meeting even better.

Here is what you told us:

  • More than 73% were satisfied with the 2018 Annual Conference, so that means we will keep doing a lot of the things that we do. However, many of you hated the Los Angeles Convention Center and the distance from the hotels. This is not something we plan to do again.
  • There were a few problems with onsite registration and we are re-thinking how we perform this function. Even though we have a seasoned staff in this area, it is only something done once a year and we only do it for three days. That is not an excuse; it’s just that we have to get it perfect on the first day.
  • About two thirds of those who attended were art historians or curators. One third of you are practicing artists. 76% of you are associated with a college or university. That tracks closely to our overall membership. Designers have said that they want to participate and you will see that we will have more offerings for them in the years to come.
  • You like the phone app and the positive, welcoming feeling at the Annual Conference and the diversity of sessions. The 90-minute sessions seem to be popular. Many of you like the off-site events and enjoyed going The Getty, The Broad, The Huntington Library, and The Hammer Museum. We will continue to offer off-site events. The Book and Trade Hall remains popular. You liked hearing Catherine Opie and Helen Molesworth.
  • Some of you were frustrated that there were several sessions happening on the same topic at the same time. We hate when that happens as well, and we do everything we can to avoid it. The problem is that some panelists have no flexibility in their schedule and we are forced to offer the sessions at the times the panelists can be there. But trust us, we will continue to try to not schedule topics on the same topic at the same time.
  • Some felt that there was a broad diversity of topics while others felt that there were not enough sessions on their area of concentration. We want to hear more about this. Let us know how we can make this better. Remember – the members are the ones who control what is offered by submitting on a variety of topics.
  • Many of you want more professional development sessions. We hear you and we will be offering more in NYC. Stay tuned for a Professional Development Survey coming your way soon. We are also making it a goal to have childcare at the New York meeting!
  • Many didn’t like the fact that the Los Angeles Convention Center only had one coffee cart. It did not help that it was poorly staffed and closed mid-afternoon (Yikes!). The NYC Hilton will have many more options, and so will the immediate vicinity outside the Hilton hotel.
  • On one hand, many of you liked being in LA; others hated the city and felt it was too expensive and spread out.
  • While we can all use more chairs and places to sit, an overwhelming 83% of you believed that you had an opportunity to network with colleagues – one of the most important reasons we offer the Annual Conference.
  • 83% of you are considering coming to NYC and we look forward to seeing you!

Keep telling us what you think.  It’s how we put together a great Annual Conference.

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CAA is proud to announce a new suite of benefits for its members starting today. As an association concerned with supporting all aspects of its members’ lives, we are adding a series of benefits to your CAA membership that help you when you travel, with your insurance needs, and with technology and design programs. The full details about these new membership benefits will be behind the CAA membership wall shortly, but they are also ready to use now at the links below.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact our membership services team at Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1.

Hilton Hotels

Get discounts on your room rates when you stay at a Hilton or any of the hotels in the Hilton Hotel family.

Learn more about Hilton hotel discounts

  • 10% discount at Hilton full service hotels, and 6% discount at Hilton focus service hotels, non-last room availability (NRLA) Discount
  • Full Service hotels include: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; Conrad Hotels & Resorts; Canopy by Hilton; Curio by Hilton; Hilton Hotels & Resorts; DoubleTree by Hilton; Tapestry by Hilton; and Embassy Suites by Hilton
  • Focus Service Hotels include: Hilton Garden Inn; Hampton by Hilton; Homewood Suites by Hilton; Home2 by Hilton; and Tru by Hilton.

*Discounts not available during CAA Annual Conference

MetLife

Get discounts on Home, Auto, and Dental insurance with MetLife.

Learn more about Home and Auto discounts

Learn more about Dental Insurance discounts

Adobe Programs

CAA members can take advantage of two discounted Adobe programs. Adobe Creative Cloud includes the full suite of Adobe programs to give you every tool in your design toolbox.

Creative Cloud Discount

Adobe Acrobat Pro gives you complete flexibility with PDF documents, from editing to e-signatures and more.

Acrobat Pro Discount

Association for Art History

Join the Association for Art History, the UK subject association for those involved with art history and visual culture, at a 20% discount on membership.

Please contact Association for Art History directly at +44(0)20 7490 3211 or info@forarthistory.org.uk and have your CAA membership card or CAA member ID ready.

Learn more about the Association for Art History

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The CAA 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Image by Rafael Cardenas

Has your CAA membership lapsed? Spring is the time to come back to CAA. Rejoin CAA during the month of April and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.

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We are working hard to add new member benefits all the time, like publisher discounts, hotel discounts, discounts on legal services, and website design and printing services. We are speaking out on behalf of the profession to ensure the visual arts remain strong and vibrant. We are making CAA the organization every professional in the visual arts must be part of.

Plan on participating in the 2019 Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2019? Submissions are due April 27, 2018.

Join your colleagues and fellow professionals in creating the programming for the largest gathering of art historians, artists, designers, curators, arts administrators, museum professionals, and others in the visual arts.

Now is the perfect time to rejoin and save.

Offer valid from April 1–April 30, 2018 to all individual lapsed members for a one-year membership. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from April 1–April 30, 2018.

Questions? Contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Membership

CAA Art Book Holiday Gift Guide

posted by December 15, 2017

The holiday season is here and we’re celebrating with two of our favorite things—art and books!

CAA members get 25% off ARTBOOK | D.A.P. titles, 25% off MIT Press titles, and 20% off University of Chicago Press titles, with options for everyone on your list.

Access your discounts through the member log-in on the My Benefits page of your CAA account. 

ARTBOOK | D.A.P.

 Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Edited with text by Mark Godfrey, Zoé Whitley. Contributions by Linda Goode Bryant, Susan E. Cahan, David Driskell, Edmund Barry Gaither, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Samella Lewis

Bringing to light previously neglected histories of 20th-century black artists in the era of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers.

 

 

Design is Storytelling

Ellen Lupton

The award-winning author of Thinking with Type and How Posters Work demonstrates how storytelling shapes great design.

 

 

 

Interviews on Art

Robert Storr

Edited with interview by Francesca Pietropaolo

Collected for the first time in a single volume, read interviews conducted by museum curator, academic, editor and writer Robert Storr.

 

 

Browse the 2017 ARTBOOK | D.A.P Holiday Gift Guide

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

Art Without Borders: A Philosophical Exploration of Art and Humanity

Ben-Ami Scharfstein

Acknowledging that art is a universal part of human experience leads us to some big questions: Why does it exist? Why do we enjoy it?

 

 

 

John Heartfield and the Agitated Image: Photography, Persuasion, and the Rise of Avant-Garde Photomontage

Andrés Mario Zervigón

Exploring the evolution of photomontage from an act of antiwar resistance into a formalized political art in the Weimar Republic.

 

MIT PRESS

Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art

The 2006 collaboration between Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press combines affordable paperback prices, good design, and impeccable editorial content.

Browse the 2017 MIT Press Holiday Gift Guide

Filed under: Books, Membership

Rejoin CAA This November and Get 25% Off

posted by October 31, 2017

Rejoin CAA during the month of November and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.

REJOIN NOW

We believe in strength in numbers. This past year, CAA fought for the causes of our members and those in the arts and culture field at large.

We released statements against the Trump administration’s Immigration Ban and attempts to defund federal arts and humanities agencies that have a demonstrable public good. We joined an Amicus Brief with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Alliance of Museums, and over 100 other cultural institutions raising our voices against the Immigration Ban.

In a public survey, our members shared their nuanced ideas on monuments and statues in this politically charged moment.

We added new benefits, like reduced Lynda.com memberships, discounted legal services, and discounts to leading academic publishers, to support our members in their professional careers and daily lives.

And we launched a new advocacy-focused Monday newsletter, ensuring that our audience is informed about the latest news, jobs, and opportunities in the field. The CAA News Monday also features our new CAA Conversations Podcast series.

Rejoin CAA now and take part in the 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21–24, featuring over 300 sessions and special events at The Getty, LACMA, and The Broad.

 

Now it’s time to join those who fight for you.

REJOIN NOW

Offer valid from November 1–November 30, 2017 to all individual lapsed members. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from November 1–November 30, 2017.

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Back in 2014, CAA set aside our old income-based membership system, replacing it with a new system based on the amount of benefits members wanted.

The program was a success, but we discovered that some of the language caused confusion. Starting this fall, we are launching the final refinement of the membership program that will eliminate confusion about the membership levels.

In addition, we will begin rolling out new membership benefits for our 10,000 individual and institutional members.

Understanding that many members face shrinking departmental budgets, for the fourth consecutive year, membership rates will not increase (in fact, we are reducing the student rate). We do this while at the same time planning for one of the largest Annual Conferences ever.

In February 2018 in Los Angeles (February 21-24), we have already scheduled more than 300 sessions and meetings, involving over 1,400 CAA members who will serve as discussants, presenters, and chairs. Additionally, we have secured a seemingly endless schedule of events for CAA members at LA-based cultural and educational institutions, including The Getty Center, The Broad, LACMA, The Skirball Cultural Center, Norton Simon Museum, The Huntington, UCLA, USC, Otis College of Art and Design, Santa Monica College, 18th Street Arts Center, and many, many others.

Registration for the 2018 CAA Annual Conference will open in early October.

 

New Membership Levels

Starting on October 1, 2017 you will see three individual membership levels on the CAA website membership page and in our membership materials. You can choose a membership level based on where you are in your career and whether you expect to go to the Annual Conference.

Tier One Membership
$195 annually/$380 two years (formerly Premium Membership)

This level is designed for working professionals in the myriad visual arts fields that support the association and expect to attend CAA’s Annual Conference. You will receive a 55% discount on your early Annual Conference registration. You will still receive one of the two flagship CAA publications (Art Journal or The Art Bulletin), along with all other benefits.

Tier Two Membership
$125 annually/$245 two years (formerly Basic Membership)

This level is designed for professionals for whom the Annual Conference is not a priority. Tier Two members get a 20% discount to the Annual Conference and receive one of the two flagship CAA publications (Art Journal or The Art Bulletin), along with all other benefits.

Tier Three Membership
$80 annually/$155 two years (formerly part-time, independent, retired)

Tier Three Student
$50 students annually/$95 students two years

Both Tier Three levels are designed for independent artists, student, designers, scholars, art historians, part time faculty, retired and others working independently, without full-time employment. It has all the same benefits of Tier One Membership, including the 55% early Annual Conference discount. Students will be charged only $50.

You don’t need to do anything right now! Upon joining or renewing you will be asked to choose one of the new levels. All of the Donor Circle membership levels (Sustaining, Patron, and Life) will remain the same.

 

New Benefits

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve tried every way we can to discover what you need from your professional association. We know you want to advance your career, access to exceptional scholarship, networking opportunities and advocacy. Without a doubt, finances remain an issue for many members.

We are happy to announce that starting October 1, 2017 we are able to offer CAA members the following new benefits. Sign into your CAA member account after October 1 to make purchases or view discount codes.

  • Lynda.com – The largest online learning network with more than 3,000 courses in design, photography, web development, marketing, and business is now available to CAA members at a significant discount. Members will have access to the full online premium program for $99 annually (regularly $360 annually).
  • Legal Services – We have secured the services of a major Maryland/DC law firm, Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston, which works with other Learned Societies, to assist CAA members at a reduced rate ($275/hour). Whether you need help reviewing a book contract, employment agreement, gallery agreement, or fair use legal opinion, as a CAA member, you can now call on a law firm that knows the field.
  • Making Fair Use Real – CAA is a leader in the field of fair use of visual images in education and visual arts publishing. We have worked to educate the field and publishers about the permissions that may not be needed for copy written images to support your academic writing. Teaming up with the Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston law firm, we have secured a New York-based insurance agency, C & S Int’l Insurance Brokers Inc., to issue Errors and Omissions insurance policies to protect you and your publisher. It can save you thousands of dollars in permissions for your academic publications.
  • Humanities Commons – More than a year ago, we partnered with the MLA (Modern Language Association) to create web-based discussion and resource hubs known as Humanities Commons (public) and CAA Commons (CAA members only). The platforms offer our members the chance to easily share research and resources with scholars in their field and in other fields.
  • More Publisher Discounts –It seems we just can’t get away from owning books. We have heard from members that they would like more book discounts. Several publishers/distributers have come forward to offer discounts to CAA members. University of Chicago Press is now offering 20%, Artbook|D.A.P. is offering 25% off online sales, and MIT Press will offer 25% off to members. Sign into your CAA member account on October 1 to view discount codes. More publishers will be announced soon.
  • CAA’s Cultural and Academic Network – We know that you rely on the Annual Conference to promote your programs, network in the field, and attract new faculty and program participants. Starting this year at the Los Angeles Annual Conference (February 21–24, 2018), we will completely revamp CAA’s Candidate Center and offer your college or university a better opportunity to promote programs, connect with alumni and colleagues, and to interview prospective faculty members, all at a very affordable price. Say goodbye to the “hotel room” interview!
  • An Office in New York City – Many members have told us that when they travel to NYC on business, either to see exhibitions or to conduct interviews, they would like a place to conduct an interview, catch up on email or make a few phones calls. We now have an office for out-of-town members to use at the CAA offices at 50 Broadway.

We are also presently working to secure affordable dental, vision, and health care for our members who presently do not have coverage. We see how difficult the healthcare market is for employees, for employers, and for just about anyone, and we want to do our share to help our members with this challenge. In addition, we are talking to other professional organizations about joint memberships at reduced prices. We hope to have more information to announce later this fall.

All of the other CAA membership benefits remain intact. You will continue to have access to our insightful scholarly publications, such as The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Art Journal Open, and caareviews. You will still get access to JSTOR, CAA’s online jobs portal, and additional Taylor & Francis publications. Your discounts to art fairs and art magazines and your corporate discounts (car rental, convention hotels, and airfare) will all continue without change. In a new agreement, the International Fine Print Dealers Association will offer our members half-off admission tickets to their Fine Art Print Fair every year. Shortly, newsletter subscribers will also find a new Monday newsletter dropping into their inbox that focuses more on advocacy, jobs, and opportunities. CAA Conversations, our video interview series, will soon grow to include podcasts focusing on issues in the field of visual arts and teaching. Outside of member benefits, the CAA/Getty International Program thrives, as do our Distinguished Awards, publishing grants, and the Professional-Development Fellowship Program. We are, as is often the case, grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the continued support of RAAMP – the program to provide resources to academic art museums. Additionally, we continue to bring the Code of Fair Use in the Visual Arts to academic communities throughout the US and abroad.

We will continue to advocate for the field on the local, national, and international level, never afraid to take a stand on tough issues. We see the budget battle for federal funding for the NEA, NEH, IMLS, and all agencies that support the arts and humanities as a critical to our members. The content in the Annual Conference and in our publications remains exceptionally high. We are at the beginning stages of a rebranding process, which we plan to unveil at the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. We are working on new standards and guidelines which aid art historians, artists, and designers. We have been doing all of this while we have worked to streamline the administrative staff and keep the association as nimble as possible to meet the needs of the members.

It goes without saying:  Your input is important—Keep it coming!

Sincerely,

Hunter O’Hanian,
Executive Director

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