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Submit Your Proposal for ARTexchange at the 2021 Annual Conference
posted by CAA — August 27, 2020
CAA’s Services to Artists Committee seeks proposals for interactive and participatory projects and/or workshops for CAA’s 2021 ARTexchange.
Originally formatted as a pop-up exhibition and meet-up event for artists and curators, ARTexchange provides an opportunity for artists to share their work and build affinities with other artists, historians, curators, and cultural producers.
This year, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will host ARTexchange on Saturday, February 13, 2021, for a day of interactive and participatory projects and/or workshops.
ARTexchange projects and/or workshops will take place in MAD’s theater. The museum is located on Columbus Circle, just a short walk from the New York Hilton Midtown.
Safety permitting, projects will be available for in-person participants/viewers, as well as live streamed, and/or made available for online participation. Proposals that include community engagement and meaningful interaction with the CAA and New York City communities will be prioritized.
The Services to Artists Committee encourages applicants to engage issues of inclusivity and intersectional discourses in the arts. As part of the 2021 Annual Conference, CAA seeks to offer a selection of programming on the topic of Climate Crisis, including but going beyond eco-art and eco-criticism, and with climate justice and intersectional thinking as priorities. The conference content will stress a broad and inclusive conversation on climate crisis impact through the lens of age; gender; nationality; race; religion; and socioeconomic status among others. The Services to Artists Committee encourages ARTexchange proposals that respond to this call for content, though we will also consider proposals beyond its scope.
Please consider that activities may take place in a public, open, non-studio environment, and should not include toxic materials or processes.
Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “CAA ARTexchange” in the subject line.
Proposals are due by November 9, 2020 (extended deadline).
You will be asked to provide:
- Contact information
- A short narrative bio (up to 150 words)
- A short artist statement (up to 150 words)
- Website url (optional)
- A PDF (one file maximum 10 MB) of your proposal detailing your project, including supporting images, materials requests, technical needs, and how you will engage the community and/or consider inclusivity through the proposal. (up to 500 words)
- Work samples (5–10 images and/or links to 1–2 video/audio files)
- An image description list detailing the title, year completed, medium, and dimensions of each work. You may also include a short description describing how the work relates to the proposed project.
- A 50 word description of your proposed project that can be used in publications
- Availability: do you plan to be in NYC during the 2021 Conference, or will your project be presented in a fully virtual format
CAA’s Services to Artists Committee Presents ARTexchange2020
posted by CAA — January 29, 2020
Workshops • Performances • Exhibition
at Columbia College Chicago, Hokin Gallery, 623 South Wabash
February 12–February 24, 2020
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 9:00am–10:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am–5:00pm
Take part in workshops and performances facilitated by artists: Noah Breuer, Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki, Jennifer Natalya Fink & Julie Laffin, Carol Flueckiger, Visda Goudarzi & Artemi-Maria Gioti, MiHyun Kim, Jill Odegaard, Lydia See, Christine Stiver.
View dynamic installations co-created with the public. Visitors can interact with many of the installations even when facilitating artists are not present. Come by every day to see how the space changes. Workshops and events are “drop-in” friendly. You can come and go for any time during facilitated workshops.
CAA’s Services to Artists Committee (SAC), in collaboration with the “Hokin Project,” a gallery management practicum course at Columbia College Chicago, presents ARTexchange 2020 as an opportunity for artists to share their work and build affinities with other artists, historians, curators, cultural producers, and the public.
The exhibition will remain on view through February 24, 2020.
For a full listing of all SAC programming at the 108th CAA conference, see here.
And don’t forget the ARTexchange Reception, Friday, February 14, 7:00pm–8:30pm.
Black Lunch Table — Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Join us for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon hosted by the Black Lunch Table. Their initiative creates and improves articles about Black visual artists. Celebrating artists of color, women artists, and artists with disabilities, this program supports inclusion and recognition of intersectionality. No prior experience necessary. Bring a computer and a friend!
This programming is partially funded by the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Columbia College Chicago.
Workshop times: Thursday, 10:30am–1:30pm; Friday, 10:30am–1:30pm in the Media Lounge
Noah Breuer – CB&S Rubbings and Print Project
Noah Breuer leads a printmaking workshop, utilizing engraved designs inspired by CB&S, his great-great-grandfather’s textile factory that was seized along with all Jewish-owned property in German-occupied areas during WWII. Participants leave with their own book and contribute one copy for visual materials to be built upon by the next participants.
Workshop times: Wednesday, 4:00pm–6:00pm; Thursday, 4:00pm–6:00pm; Friday, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Wendy DesChene + Jeff Schmuki – Ostraka
Join DesChene and Schmuki in celebration of our fundamental right to vote through Ostraka, a collaborative installation that mirrors a 5th-century BC Athenian tradition, where citizens would inscribe the name of a person they wanted to politically neutralize on a shard of broken pottery called an ostrakon.
Workshop times: Wednesday, 2:00pm–4:00pm; Friday, 12:00pm–2:00pm
Jennifer Natalya Fink & Julie Laffin – UNDERBELLY
Join artists Fink and Laffin in a performance and “modern suffragette” march, retracing the steps of historical suffrage parades. Airing some dirty laundry to expose the underbelly of the movement, participants will wear two-sided sashes imprinted with both positive and negative statements related to the suffragette movement and voting rights.
Performance time: Thursday, 4:00pm–6:00pm
If you want to be a modern suffragette and participate in the march, sign up here to be contacted by the artists. Meet at the Hokin Gallery at 3:40 pm. Don’t forget to dress weather appropriate.
Carol Flueckiger – Solitude of Selfie
Flueckiger’s project explores Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 19th century women’s suffrage address “Solitude of Self”. Participants will be prompted to engage with Stanton’s speech and make response drawings. Works will be pinned to the wall and later scanned and integrated into a book honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment.
Workshop times: Wednesday, 9:00am–11:00am; Friday, 9:00am–11:00am
Visda Goudarzi & Artemi-Maria Gioti – Soundsourcing
Soundsourcing is a participatory performance orchestrated by artists Goudarzi and Gioti. In this collaborative sound performance, audience members contribute vocal sounds (words, phonemes and noises) which are picked up by two condenser microphones and processed by laptop performers in real-time. The artists invite participation in this unique sound creation process.
Performance time: Friday, 7:00pm–8:00pm
MiHyun Kim – Stories Become Data
Stories Become Data is an interactive digital environment that invites participants to add their own stories to a collective narrative. MiHyun Kim will lead a workshop utilizing iPads and projection to create a space for participants to share and to visualize their stories collectively and simultaneously through real time.
Workshop time: Friday, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Jill Odegaard – Woven Welcome
Woven Welcome is a community-based art project that utilizes the form of a woven rug as a statement of the interconnectedness of individuals. Join artist Jill Odegaard in creating this artistic metaphor, and engage in a dialogue with other conference attendees and community members.
Workshop times: Wednesday, 6:00pm–10:00pm; Friday, 9:00am–12:00pm
Lydia See – BMC Playbook
Lydia See’s BMC Playbook encourages the examination and manipulation of materials, space, and the collective spirit. This collaborative project, resulting in an installation in the Hokin Gallery, includes a series of chance operations based on a generative BMC card game, inspired by material study workshops at Black Mountain College.
Workshop time: Thursday, 4:00pm–6:00pm
Materials and instructions are available outside facilitated workshop times for the entire exhibition.
Christine Stiver – Banquet Art
Stiver’s participatory performance Banquet Art is modeled after one of Caroline Shawk Brooks’ own sculpting demonstrations in which she sculpted one face after another on the same bust of butter. Participants will sculpt a series of portraits, starting with Napoleon and George Washington, a litany of “great leaders” will follow.
Workshop time: Friday, 4:00pm–8:00pm
Graduate Student Screenings
A curated selection of current MA/MFA videos/digital artworks, premieres at the Media Lounge Wednesday. Participating artists: ANDiLAND, Jorge Bañales, Andrea Bagdon, Jacklyn Brickman/Heather Taylor, Christian Casas, Danielle Damico, Jesse Egner, Caleb Engstrom, Mary Gring, Selena Ingram, Bibiana Medkova, Carolina Montejo, Strange Lens, Maria V, F. C. Zuke
CAA 2020 Submissions Portal Now Open
posted by CAA — March 01, 2019
The submissions portal for the 2020 CAA Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15 is now open.
CAA invites proposals for sessions, lightning rounds, poster sessions, and workshops from visual arts professionals working across the field in all disciplines.
The CAA Annual Conference is the largest gathering of art historians, artists, designers, curators, arts administrators, museum professionals, and others in the visual arts.
Proposals must be submitted by April 30, 2019.
Please note, this year individuals will have the opportunity to submit proposals for several types of opportunities at the Annual Conference before the April 30 deadline. Please review the full proposals page to decide which type of submission best fits your needs.
The Annual Conference Committee members reviewed over 1,000 submissions for the 2019 Annual Conference. They take into account subject areas and themes that arise from accepted proposals to present as a broad and diverse a program as possible. Last year the committee selected roughly 300 sessions and it must, at times, make difficult decisions on submissions of high merit.
Please contact Member Services at email@example.com or at 212-691-1051, ext. 1 with any questions.
Finding Support: Personal Narratives From the Art World
posted by CAA — August 27, 2018
Thursday, September 27, 2018
6 PM – 8:30 PM
Kickstarter, 58 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY 11221
In the age of the gig economy, free exposure, and unpaid internships, finding a path to success and stability in the arts is increasingly unreliable. In this conversation, listen to artists, curators, arts workers and scholars discuss their own personal narratives on how, and where, they found support and resources. Panelists will discuss grants, fundraising, the importance of a digital presence for both academics and artists, and recent artist and art world salary surveys.
- Andisheh Avini, Multimedia Artist
- Connie Choi, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem
- Patton Hindle, Director of Arts, Kickstarter
- Harper Montgomery, Assistant Professor, Hunter College
The conversation will be moderated by Hunter O’Hanian, executive director of CAA. Seating is first come, first served. It will be hosted by Kickstarter and CAA at Kickstarter HQ, and refreshments will follow. The building is wheelchair accessible. Registration is required for entry – click here to RSVP.
Brooklyn-based artist Andisheh Avini’s (b. 1974) practice includes painting, drawing, and sculpture, and often incorporates the traditional craft of marquetry. Avini explores the duality of his own identity by combining Iranian icons and motifs, from the decorative to the political, with Occidental traditions of minimalism and abstraction. In juxtaposing the sacred geometries of Islamic crafts with the irregularities and chaotic forms of nature, Avini reveals the distances between heritage, expectation, and the rhythms of everyday life. Avini’s approach speaks to a disparate, globalized society of nomads, and reflects a contemporary multicultural experience, marked by both collective and individual memory.
Connie H. Choi is the Associate Curator, Permanent Collection at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she has worked on the exhibitions Fictions, Regarding the Figure, and Their Own Harlems. She is currently organizing a major traveling exhibition drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. Prior to joining the museum in February 2017, Choi was the assistant curator of American art at the Brooklyn Museum. Choi is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Columbia University. She received a B.A. in the history of art from Yale University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Patton Hindle is the Director of Arts at Kickstarter where she oversees the Arts team which helps visual and performing artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions realize ambitious projects. Hindle was previously the Director of Gallery and Institutional Partnerships at Artspace and is a founder and current partner at Lower East Side gallery, yours mine & ours. She is a co-author of the forthcoming second edition of How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery. Hindle was raised in London and attended university in Boston.
Harper Montgomery teaches in the Art and Art History Department at Hunter College in New York City. She has written for The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and the Brooklyn Rail; and has organized exhibitions on art of the nineteenth-century, the twentieth-century, and the present for the galleries of Hunter College. Her book The Mobility of Modernism: Art and Criticism in 1920s Latin America was published last year by University of Texas Press and won the Arvey Foundation Book Award for distinguished scholarship on Latin American Art. Her current research concerns the ascent of artesaníawithin contemporary art spaces in Latin America during the 1970s.
Top image credit: Andisheh Avini, Untitled (wood, marquetry, assorted minerals), 2015. Photo credit Emily Hodes, courtesy Marianne Boesky Gallery.
Submit a Proposal for a Professional Development Workshop at CAA 2019 – DEADLINE EXTENDED!
posted by CAA — August 06, 2018
The CAA 2019 Annual Conference will offer up to thirty 60-minute art-making and Professional Development Workshops, which will be free and open to the public.
This summer, we surveyed our members to determine what kinds of Professional Development Workshops would be most helpful. Members shared that there was the highest need for workshops on grant writing; finding grant funding and fellowship opportunities; pedagogy; diversity and inclusion; job searching and networking; publishing advice; online learning platforms and technology; financial planning, strategies and negotiation. Workshops related to exploring art making and design are also desired.
Twenty of these workshops are generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and will be led by MFA students and/or entry-level, part-time faculty local to the 2019 Annual Conference in New York. Workshop leaders will receive a complimentary one-year CAA membership, a full Annual Conference registration for 2019, and a small stipend. (Please note that there may be only one leader for each Tremaine Foundation-supported workshop.) We have extended the deadline until September 14, 2018, for Tremaine workshop proposals. Click here to submit.
In addition to those funded by the Tremaine Foundation, CAA will offer additional Professional Development Workshops. Workshop leaders will receive a full Annual Conference registration for 2019 and a small stipend. (Please note that there may be only one leader for each workshop.) These workshop leaders do not need to be from the local New York area. The proposal deadline for these workshops closed August 31, 2018.
Proposals will be selected by the Annual Conference Committee.
While workshops will be scheduled concurrently with conference sessions, we will do our best not to schedule with overlapping content.
Presentation on Fair Use at UCLA
posted by CAA — April 19, 2017
CAA is hosting “Fair Use and the Visual Arts,” a presentation and panel discussion led by Peter Jaszi, Professor, Washington College of Law, American University, on Friday, May 5, 2017. The event will focus on the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts and will take place at the UCLA Library from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Lunch will be served.
Come join the conversation! Please RSVP to give us your lunch preferences, and when you do, please share your specific Fair Use questions so our presenters can break it down for you.
For more information: https://www.library.ucla.edu/events/code-best-practices-fair-use-visual-arts.
This event is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
CAA Presents a Fair Use Workshop in Richmond
posted by CAA — April 10, 2017
On Friday, March 24, the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, hosted a CAA Fair Use Workshop, co-sponsored with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Statewide Program, and made possible with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Elizabeth Schlatter, CAA Vice President for the Annual Conference, and Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, led the planning effort to bring over 40 artists, museum professionals, archivists, professors, librarians, and communications experts to the daylong workshop.
The program was led by Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s Executive Director, and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law at American University, and one of the two lead principal investigators on the project. After a round of introductions by attendees, Jaszi began the day with an introduction to the doctrine of fair use, followed by a presentation by O’Hanian about CAA’s four-year fair use initiative and the methodology employed to develop the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. The workshop continued with a focus on fair use in art museums, including when it can be invoked in exhibition projects, publishing, and online activities. During a working lunch, Jaszi and O’Hanian led discussions on reliance on fair use in teaching, publishing, and making art, and concluded the day with a discussion about fair use in libraries and archives.
Catherine G. OBrion, the Librarian-Archivist at the Virginia State Law Library, wrote afterwards, “I have a much better understanding of the legal standing of fair use, its intent, and how I can defend relying on it to my in-house counsel and others….One of the most useful workshops I’ve attended.” The workshop was followed by a reception at the University Museums for all CAA members in the local area.
CAA executive director O’Hanian also met with two University of Richmond classes the day before, one a museum studies seminar and the other a class on contemporary art and theory. The undergraduates benefited from O’Hanian’s advice on curating exhibitions, organizing public programs, surviving and thriving as a visual artist, and applying for artists’ residency programs.
The Artist as Entrepreneur
posted by CAA — November 14, 2016
New York Foundation for the Arts, 20 Jay Street, Seventh Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This Valentine’s Day, the College Art Association (CAA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) are showing their love for artists by partnering to offer professional development programming, “The Artist as Entrepreneur,” the day before the CAA Annual Conference. This day-long event has been customized to fit the needs of CAA artist members but is open to all artists. It allows participants the opportunity to attend part of the CAA Annual Conference with a ticket to a session of their choice. Participants are also welcome to join numerous conference events that are open to the public.
NYFA’s “The Artist as Entrepreneur” is a course that teaches the fundamental principles of sustainability—and ultimately profitability—in the arts. This includes topics such as strategic planning, finance, and marketing. Additional material is drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook which accompanies this curriculum, The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011). The structure is a blend of formal lectures, breakout groups, and one-on-one meetings. Participants work through a flexible and dynamic “action plan,” which provides a blueprint for their practice or specific projects. Each receives specific feedback from experts in the field as well as their peers in the course.
Register for “The Artist as Entrepreneur.”
First come, first served.
To learn more about NYFA Learning, please see a list of programs on their website.
Practice Your Interviewing Technique at the New York Conference
posted by CAA — September 22, 2016
In a competitive job market, everyone could use the opportunity to get feedback on interviewing and presentation. Take advantage of this opportunity to have a twenty-minute interview/mentoring session from a seasoned professional.
Students and emerging professionals have the opportunity to sign up for a twenty-minute practice interview at the 2017 Annual Conference in New York. Organized by the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee, the Mock Interview Sessions give participants the chance to practice their interview skills one on one with a seasoned professional, improve their effectiveness during interviews, and hone their elevator speech. Interviewers also provide candid feedback on application packets. Mock Interview Sessions are offered free of charge, but you must be a CAA member to participate. Sessions are filled by appointment only and scheduled within the SEPC Lounge for the following times:
Thursday, February 16: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Thursday, February 16: 3:00–5:00 PM
Friday, February 17: 9:00–11:00 AM
Friday, February 17: 2:00–4:00 PM
Conference registration, while encouraged, is not necessary to participate. To apply, fill out the Google Registration Form. You may enroll in one twenty-minute session. The deadline to register is February 6, 2017. You will be notified of your appointment day and time by email. Please bring your application packet, including cover letter, CV, and other materials related to jobs in your field. The Student and Emerging Professionals Committee will make every effort to accommodate all applicants; however, space is limited. There will be VERY limited registration onsite. If you have any questions, please email the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee.
Receive Career Advice or Feedback on Your Art
posted by CAA — September 20, 2016
CAA is committed to supporting and advancing the careers of professionals in the visual arts. As a CAA member, you have free access to a diverse range of mentors at Career Services during the 105th Annual Conference, taking place February 15–18, 2017, in New York.
All emerging, midcareer, and even advanced art professionals can benefit from one-on-one discussions with dedicated mentors about artists’ portfolios, career-management skills, and professional strategies. You may enroll in either the Artists’ Portfolio Review or Career Development Mentoring. Participants are chosen by a lottery of applications received by the deadline; all applicants are notified of their scheduled date and time slot via email in January 2017. Conference registration, while encouraged, is not necessary to participate; appointments are offered free of charge. Deadline: December 16, 2016.
Artists’ Portfolio Review
The Artists’ Portfolio Review offers CAA members the opportunity to have images of their work reviewed by artists, critics, curators, and educators in personal twenty-minute consultations. Whenever possible, CAA matches artists and mentors based on medium or discipline. You must bring a charged battery-powered laptop or hard copy of your portfolio to review your work. Sessions are filled by appointment only and scheduled for 8:30 AM–noon and 1:30–5:00 PM each day.
To apply, complete and submit the Artists’ Portfolio Review Enrollment Form. Contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, if you have any questions. Deadline: December 16, 2016.
Career Development Mentoring
Artists, art historians, art educators, and museum professionals at all stages of their careers may apply for one-on-one consultations with veterans in their fields. Through personal twenty-minute consultations, Career Development Mentoring offers a unique opportunity for participants to receive candid advice on how to conduct a thorough job search; present cover letters, CVs, and digital images; and prepare for interviews. Whenever possible, CAA matches participants and mentors based on their career area or discipline. You must bring your résumé or CV, your other job-search materials, and your specific career goals to discuss during these appointments. Sessions are filled by appointment only and scheduled for 8:30 AM–noon and 1:30–5:00 PM each day.
To apply, complete and submit the Career Development Mentoring Enrollment Form. Contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, if you have any questions. Deadline: December 16, 2016.