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Support. Resources. Community. Advocacy. 

At CAA, these have always been our goals.

We know the art world and higher education (and world, in general) have shifted dramatically over the last month. At CAA, we view this as a moment to reinforce our dedication to our members to provide support, resources, community, and advocacy.

We’d love for you to rejoin CAA’s community of artists, scholars, and arts professionals. For the month of April, lapsed members receive 25% off their membership.

REJOIN CAA

Many of our members are adapting to changes to the ways in which they teach and interact with colleagues. Others are trying to manage cancelled events, meetings, and exhibitions. We have compiled online resources  here, but we are also sharing information on emergency grants for artists, curators, and other COVID-19-related news on our Twitter feed.

CAA also has a new leader at the helm! Isimeme Omogbai started at CAA earlier this week, and we look forward to an exciting future under her leadership.

Finally, we continue to plan for CAA 2021! Our staff (working remotely) is still putting plans in place and moving forward. Don’t forget that the portal for submissions closes April 30, 2020.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SUBMISSIONS FOR 2021

CAA is growing and changing all the time, working to support the arts and humanities and all professionals in the field. We hope you’ll rejoin our community.

Questions? Contact Member Services at membership@collegeart.org.

Offer valid from April 1–April 30, 2020, 11:59 PM ET, to individual lapsed members for a one-year membership. Discount applies only to those whose membership has lapsed between January 1, 2015 and February 29, 2020. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code.
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Coronavirus-Related CAA Office Closure

posted by March 16, 2020

The recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced us to make major changes to lives. It has hit our members hard, with the movement of classes online for the remainder of the semester, the closure of major museums, and the cancellation of exhibitions, art fairs, conferences, and meetings. Over the last ten days, we have been posting resources on our twitter feed and on CAA News to help those affected by this health crisis.

RESOURCES FOR CORONAVIRUS-AFFECTED ARTISTS AND FACULTY

For the health and well-being of our staff, we have moved to working remotely. That means that our offices in New York City are closed until further notice.

If you have questions about your membership, please email us at membership@collegeart.org, as we will be checking our voicemails infrequently. Please be patient with your request as we navigate this new way of working under extraordinary circumstances.

Above all, please remain safe and healthy!

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Are You in a CAA Photo? Let Us Know

posted by February 27, 2020

Lynne Allen and Melissa Potter at the 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago. Photo: Stacey Rupolo

Each year we welcome thousands of CAA members, colleagues, and friends to our Annual Conference. It is an exciting time of year with an incredible amount of activity.

As a membership organization, it is important to us to include names wherever possible. While we try to identify those in conference photographs by badge, event, or word-of-mouth and include that information in the caption, we are not always able to do so. (We also err on the side of caution, in case we get it wrong!)

If you see yourself in a CAA photo and would like to be identified in the future, we will do our best to make it happen. Please let Alison Chang, director of communications, marketing, and membership, know at: achang@collegeart.org

Thank you!

Jevi is the winner of a free CAA 2021 registration after becoming a member onsite at the 2020 Annual Conference at the CAA booth in the Book and Trade Fair.

She was first introduced to the CAA through the Judson-Morrissey Excellence in New Media Award, granted by the New Media Caucus. Congrats, Jevi!

Learn more about her work:

Jevi is an Honours Business Informatics B.ASc. McMaster University graduate, and studied Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (PCert) at MIT. She has worked in IT over the years as an Analyst, an Ethical Hacker, Software Programmer, and as a Research Assistant at OCAD University and University of Toronto. Hailed from a family of scribophiles, she enjoys photography, poetry and prose, and completed a study of Art & Design at the GBC School of Design graduating with honours, and Digital Media at OCAD University. She is a hobbyist green-thumb and fishkeeper, and has a three-canine RAID (Redundant Assemblage of Independent Dogs) named Gigabyte, Terabyte, and Kilobyte, who occasionally go urban-exploring with her. Jevi is currently pursuing an MFA in Digital Futures at OCAD University, where she serves on the Senate, and as a member of the Senate Executive Committee, Senate Graduate Studies Committee, Senate Student Appeals Committee and Research Committee.

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Offer valid November 1, 2019–November 30, 2019

November is the perfect time to rejoin CAA. We know your membership has lapsed, but we want you back! For the month of November, lapsed members will receive 25% off their membership.

We’re about to unveil the full schedule for the 2020 Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020. Registration for the Annual Conference opened October 1 and we look forward to a robust program this February. If you haven’t been to a conference recently, we’ve launched a number of new programs, including Idea Exchange and Professional Development Workshops, designed to provide professional support and networking opportunities.

New grants for funding research and travel are now available. We recently announced that we will be administering the Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants, and we just opened 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.

CAA is growing and changing all the time, working to support 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 108th CAA Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15, 2020.

REGISTER NOW
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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.

REJOIN NOW

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.

Filed under: Annual Conference, Membership

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.

Register Now

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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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