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On behalf of the College Art Association (CAA) and its Advocacy Committee, I write in support of an open letter from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) written on December 18, 2023. As a partner learned society under the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), we urge you to uphold and protect academic and creative freedom on your campuses.

Since October 2023, we have seen a surge in threats to faculty, students, and college staff. The current Gaza-Israel conflict has generated widespread academic and scholastic debate; we call upon you during this difficult time to protect free speech and to defend academic freedom for all campus community members. We also urge you to refrain from censoring artist exhibitions in your campus galleries and museums.

CAA honors diversity and reflects an extraordinary range of cultures, perspectives, education, and experiences that make the advancement of art and design integral to our global constituencies and to culture at large.

CAA is committed to ensuring academic freedom and freedom of artistic expression and exhibition. We agree with MESA that “free speech is essential for any democratic polity, and this country’s institutions of higher education should be places in which even the most controversial and unpopular views can be expressed, debated and criticized. At the same time, all students deserve equal access to education, free from harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, we are witnessing a dramatic increase in antisemitic, anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim harassment and discrimination on our campuses.”       

As university leaders, you bear responsibility during charged political times to safeguard academic freedom, freedom of expression and artistic practice, as well as the physical welfare of all members of your community. We urge you to protect students, faculty, and staff and honor their right to freedom of speech without fear of intimidation, harassment, or retaliation.  

Sincerely,

Jennifer Rissler, PhD
President, Board of Directors
CAA | Advancing Art and Design

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CAA 2024 Board of Directors Election: Vote Now!

posted by December 18, 2023

As a CAA member, voting is the best way to shape the future of your professional association. Thank you for taking the time to vote!  

The CAA Board of Directors is comprised of professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms (or, in the case of Emerging Professional Board members, two-year terms). The Board is charged with the long-term financial stability and strategic direction of CAA; it is also the Association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures. For more information, please read the CAA By-laws on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments. 

MEET THE CANDIDATES 

The 2023–24 Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates for election to the CAA Board of Directors. Click the names of the candidates below to read their personal statements and CVs before casting your vote. 

BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES (FOUR-YEAR TERM, 2024–2028)

Damon Arhos 

Assistant Professor of Art
Kentucky College of Art + Design (Louisville, KY)
 

Theresa Avila

Assistant Professor, Non-Western Art History, Art Program
California State University Channel Islands (Camarillo, CA)

Leslie D. Joynes 

Fulbright Scholar (India) 
Organizational Leadership Scholar, Columbia University (New York, NY)

Nozomi Naoi 

Associate Professor of Art History & Head of Arts & Humanities Major
Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
 

David Van Ness 

Assistant Professor of New Media Art
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)
 

Eric Wolf

Head Librarian
Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York, NY)
 

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES (TWO-YEAR TERM, 2024–2026) 

Noah Randolph

PhD Candidate, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) 
 

Emily Taylor Rice

MFA Candidate
Boston University (Boston, MA)
 

CAA members must cast their votes online. The deadline for voting is 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, February 15, 2024. 

The elected individuals will be announced at the CAA Annual Business Meeting to be held 1–2 p.m. CT on Friday, February 16, 2024. 

SUBMIT YOUR VOTE

Questions? Contact Maeghan Donohue, Chief of Staff and Director, Strategic Planning, Diversity & Governance.  

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Dawoud Bey (photograph by Frank Ishman) and Anne Wilson (photograph by Joe Mazza)

CAA is thrilled to announce that Chicago-based artists Dawoud Bey and Anne Wilson will be the featured guests of the CAA 112th Annual Conference Annual Artist Interviews. Established in 1997, the Annual Artist Interviews, sponsored by the CAA Services to Artists Committee (SAC), remains the most highly anticipated event at the conference. This year, Bey will be interviewed by Elisabeth Sherman, Senior Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections, International Center of Photography, and Wilson will be interviewed by Elissa Auther, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design.  

Dawoud Bey  

Groundbreaking American artist and MacArthur Fellow, Dawoud Bey, is known for his evocative photographs and film works about communities that are often marginalized and for visualizing the oft disappeared histories of the Black presence in America. He began his career as a photographer in 1975 with a series of photographs, Harlem, USA, that was exhibited to critical acclaim in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. His work has since been the subject of numerous exhibitions and retrospectives, including recently, Dawoud Bey: An American Project and Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems: In Dialogue, at museums and galleries worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Center, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

His work has also been the subject of several monographs, including a forty-year retrospective monograph Seeing Deeply (University of Texas Press, 2017) and the recent Street Portraits (MACK Books, 2021). His critical writings on contemporary art and photography have appeared in a range of publications. Most recently, Elegy (Aperture, 2023) accompanies an exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and brings together the history projects and landscape-based work Bey has made since 2012.  

Dawoud Bey received his MFA from Yale University School of Art and is currently Professor of Photography and a former Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998. He is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery, and Rena Bransten Gallery. 

Anne Wilson  

Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, material drawings, and performances that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. Wilson’s artwork resides in permanent collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Des Moines Art Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Foundation Toms Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. Wilson was named a 2015 United States Artists Distinguished Fellow and is the recipient of awards from the Renwick Alliance, Textile Society of America, the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is represented by the Rhona Hoffman Gallery and Paul Kotula Projects. Wilson is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she advises graduate students. Her upcoming project opens at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC in 2024. 

The AC2024 Annual Artist Interviews will be held on Friday, February 16, 4:30–7:00 p.m. CT at the Hilton Chicago. This event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.    

Register now for the CAA 112th Annual Conference, February 14–17, 2024 in Chicago!  

 

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Notice of CAA 112th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 11, 2023

CAA Annual Business Meeting
Friday, February 16, 2024
1 p.m. CT  

The 112th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 1 p.m. CT on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the Hilton Chicago. Access to this meeting is included in paid registration and no-cost registration. CAA President, Jennifer Rissler, will preside. 

Agenda 

  1. Welcome + Call to Order – Jennifer Rissler, CAA President 
  2. Executive Director Report – Meme Omogbai, CAA Executive Director + CEO 
  3. Approval of 111th Annual Business Meeting Minutes [ACTION ITEM]  
  4. Financial Report  
  5. Old/New Business  
  6. Board Member Election Results – Jennifer Rissler, CAA President 
  7. Adjourn

Board Voting 

The 2024 Board of Directors slate was announced in December 2023 along with an online voting form. Please submit your voting form for the 2024 election no later than 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, February 15th, 2024. 

Next Meeting – 2025  

The 113th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will be held in February 2025, precise date and location to be announced. 

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The Distinguished Scholar session at the 112th CAA Annual Conference will honor the acclaimed career of S. Hollis Clayson. Clayson has been at the forefront of art history scholarship as part of the first generation of feminist academics whose work centers on representations of the female body, the role of art in social and political conflict, and the intersection of art and technology.

Hollis Clayson is Professor Emerita of Art History and Bergen Evans Professor Emerita in the Humanities at Northwestern University where she taught for thirty-five years, advising twenty-seven doctoral dissertations. A specialist in nineteenth-century European art, she has published widely on art practice in Paris as well as transatlantic cultural exchanges, especially those between France and the United States. Her books include Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era (Yale University Press, 1991), Paris in Despair: Art and Everyday Life Under Siege (1870–71) (University of Chicago Press, 2002), Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century? Essays on Art and Modernity, 1850–1900, co-edited with André Dombrowski (Routledge, 2016), and Illuminated Paris: Essays on Art and Lighting in the Belle Époque (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Her book in progress is entitled The Dark Side of the Eiffel Tower.

Clayson’s research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Getty Research Institute, the Clark Art Institute, Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), the Huntington Library, Columbia University’s Reid Hall in Paris, and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art. In early 2014, she was named a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Culture.

From 2006–13 she served as the founding Director of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern. She was Sterling Clark Professor in Art History, Williams College in fall 2005; the Samuel H. Kress Professor at CASVA (2013–14; and in fall 2015, she was Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Most recently, she was the 2022–23 R. Stanton Avery Distinguished Fellow at the Huntington Library.

Dr. Clayson’s career and her impact on the field will be celebrated with presentations and a dialogue with scholars and colleagues:

Session Chairs:

Anne Helmreich, Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Hector Reyes, University of Southern California

Session Panelists:

Thomas Crow, New York University

André Dombrowski, University of Pennsylvania

Marc Gotlieb, Williams College

Martha Ward, University of Chicago

The AC2024 Distinguished Scholar Session will be held on Thursday, February 15, 4:30–6:30 p.m. CT at the Hilton Chicago. This event will also be livestreamed on YouTube. 

Register now for the CAA 112th Annual Conference, February 14–17, 2024 in Chicago! 

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CAA has signed on to the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) statement, Fighting for an Ambitious Vision of Public Higher Education in America, in response to proposed cuts at West Virginia University. CAA stands with ACLS in the belief that the stewards of the university are “duty-bound to protect the creation and circulation of knowledge for the public good in all its diverse aspects, across disciplines and interdisciplinary areas.”   

By proposing major cuts in its undergraduate and graduate programs, including engineering, environmental planning, languages other than English, law, linguistics, mathematics, music, public administration, and theater, the university is denying its students and the people of West Virginia access to the wide range of knowledge necessary to fulfill that mission. The path WVU is treading is unprecedented for a public flagship and dangerous for American higher education and society.” 

Other learned societies and higher education institutions who have signed the ACLS statement:    

American Academy of Religion
American Folklore Society
American Historical Association
American Society for Environmental History
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Association of University Presses
College Art Association
Dance Studies Association
Linguistic Society of America
Medieval Academy of America
North American Conference on British Studies
Rhetoric Society of America
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Society for Ethnomusicology
Society for Music Theory 

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The US Supreme Court ruling invalidating race-conscious admissions considerations at colleges and universities is antithetical to CAA’s mission, specifically our commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners in the visual arts and academia. This is another in a series of blows to the field, the reverberations of which will be felt for generations to come.    

Justice Clarence Thomas dismissing affirmative action policies at universities as “rudderless, raced-based preferences” demonstrates a deliberate suppression of the entire history of institutional racism in this country, which by design actively obstructs opportunity and access for so many.  

Now more than ever, we must come together as an organization and develop alternative strategies for ensuring equity and representation in a meaningful way, without performativity or tokenism. Even with affirmative action policies in place, many important voices were relegated to the margins; this ruling will only serve to repress them further. We have a responsibility to continue fighting to center and amplify such voices. 

Despite this current era of national regression in the realm of human rights, I still have faith we can have an impact, learn from a problematic past, and reshape the future of the field. Join me in continuing to transform pain into purpose.

 

Meme Omogbai
Executive Director & CEO 
CAA | Advancing Art and Design 

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Join the CAA Board of Directors!

posted by May 01, 2023

CAA seeks nominations of individuals passionate about shaping the future of the organization by serving on the Board of Directors for the 2024–2028 term. The board is responsible for all financial and policy matters related to CAA, promoting excellence in scholarship, and encouraging creativity and technical skills in design and art practice. CAA’s board is also charged with representing the membership regarding current issues affecting the visual arts and humanities.

Nominations and/or self-nominations must include the following:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Brief statement of interest (250 words maximum)
  • Nominee’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address
  • Name, affiliation, and e-mail address of nominator (if different from nominee)

Please send all information and/or any questions via e-mail to Maeghan Donohue, CAA Chief of Staff & Director of Strategic Planning, Diversity, and Governance, with the subject line: Board of Directors Nomination.

Deadline: July 10, 2023.

 

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Meet the 2022 Professional Development Fellows

posted by February 07, 2023

CAA is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2022 Professional Development Fellowships. The recipient of the $10,000 fellowship in art history is Mechella Yezernitskaya, Bryn Mawr College, and the recipient of the $10,000 fellowship in visual art is Boone Nguyen, California State University, Los Angeles. 

The honorable mentions in art history were awarded to Jack Crawford, City University of New York, and Astrid Tvetenstrand, Boston University. The honorable mentions in visual art are awarded to Jenna Carlie, California Institute of the Arts, and Alberto Lozano Ruvalcaba, Mendocino College.  

 

2022 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP IN ART HISTORY 

Mechella Yezernitskaya, Bryn Mawr College  

Mechella Yezernitskaya is a Ukrainian American art historian, writer, and curator. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College where she specializes in modern and contemporary art. Mechella received her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College and B.A. with honors in Art History from Fordham University. Her dissertation examines representations of temporal rupturing in the wartime visual, literary, and film culture of the avant-gardes of the late Russian Empire and the early Soviet Union. She examines war-related imagery in the work of artists of Belarusian, Russian, and Ukrainian origin across media including illustrated books, poetry, collage painting, performance, and film. By drawing upon theories from trauma and disability studies, Mechella explores the roles of the civilian and combatant, the temporal boundaries of wartime and peacetime, the consequences of imperialism, the rise of nationalism, and the affective experiences of war. 

Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Malevich Society, the New York Public Library, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Bryn Mawr College. She has published in ARTMargins Online, Baltic Worlds, post: notes on art in a global context, Slavic & East European Information Resources, and in the edited volume Artistic Expressions and the Great War, A Hundred Years On (Peter Lang Publishing, 2020). She has presented her research at Södertörn University, Stockholm; Karazin University, Kharkiv; Hofstra University, New York; Temple University, Philadelphia; The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis; and ASEEES. She has also held guest curatorial positions and fellowships at The Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS IN ART HISTORY 

Jack Crawford, City University of New York  

Jack Crawford is a teaching artist and art historian. She is currently a Lecturer at Vanderbilt University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has previously taught at the New York City College of Technology. She holds a BA from Barnard College and is currently completing her PhD in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research, for which she received a 2021–2022 ACLS/Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art and a dissertation award from the CUNY Committee on Globalization and Social Change, focuses on appropriation and aesthetics of abundance in queer performance in the postwar period. 

 

Astrid Tvetenstrand, Boston University 

Astrid studies the history of American painting, decorative arts, and architecture. She explores these fields through practices of collection, economic development, and the consumption of American property. Her dissertation traces the connections between American art patronage, second homeownership, and landscape painting at the end of the nineteenth century. She argues that the process of collecting art and land was an effort made by affluent Americans to “buy a view.” By recognizing landscape paintings as investments and monetary goods, Astrid sheds new light on Gilded Age consumerism, aesthetics, and taste. She also localizes art market exchanges within a larger conversation about the privatization of public space. 

Astrid’s work is encouraged by positions and fellowships held at the New York Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, Nichols House Museum, Bundy Museum of History and Art, Peabody Essex Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Decorative Arts Trust, and Winter Antiques Show. 

 

2022 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP IN VISUAL ARTS  

Boone Nguyen, California State University, Los Angeles 

Boone Nguyen is an artist of the Southeast Asian diaspora. When he was a child, his family left Saigon and resettled as refugees in South Philadelphia. His experience as a refugee in the metropole informs his work through the themes of displacement and place-building, landscape and historical memory, leaving and returning, loss and transformation. His immersive moving image installations are thus fueled by a continuing search for a distant yet familiar homeplace, where the intimacies of life and death and the dialectic of subjection and resistance serve as a living archive of critical memory that is both personal and collective. He has exhibited his work in Philadelphia, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.  

Boone Nguyen has served in curatorial and management positions in community arts organizations, including Asian Arts Initiative, Frameline, and Scribe Video Center. He holds a BA in American Studies (minor in Asian American Studies) from Yale University. As a Cota-Robles Fellow, he earned an MA in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He was a recipient of a 2018/19 MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists, administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and funded by the Jerome Foundation. Nguyen is currently in his final semester of the MFA program at California State University, Los Angeles where he also lectures in the Asian and Asian American Studies Department.   

 

Jenna Carlie, California Institute of the Arts 

Jenna studied photography at Speos Institute of Photography in Paris, France and went on to study at Rhode Island School of Design. During the time at RISD, Jenna worked under Annie Leibovitz, Mark Katzman, and Dusty Kessler. In 2016, Jenna graduated with a BFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. Jenna moved to Los Angeles and in 2017 worked for Lauren Greenfield, in 2018 worked for Alexa Meade, and by the end of 2018 Jenna Carlie Photography and Design was opened for business. Between 2018 and 2020 Jenna worked on various photographic series for different private collections in the Midwest. In 2020, the Saint Louis Art Museum hired Jenna as their travel contract photographer and later as their in-house photographer, where Jenna is still employed. Jenna is currently getting an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is expected to graduate in 2024. 

 

Alberto Lozano Ruvalcaba, Mendocino College 

I was born in Tijuana, Baja California in 1993. My family lived in Rosarito next to the beach on a street called Niño Artillero (artillery child). My school was named after Emiliano Zapata, a leader of the Mexican revolution. My parents moved us to the USA when I was eight years old. We left everything behind except for each other and the memories that persist of our home and of the natural landscape around it. They brought us to this country for my siblings and I to have a better future than what was available back home. Thanks to my parents and siblings and my own perseverance, I am now the first person in my family to pursue a master’s degree from a university. I am now a permanent resident of the USA and a candidate for an MFA degree. 

 

ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP 

CAA’s Professional Development Fellowshipprogram supports promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Awards are intended to help them with various aspects of their work, whether for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers. The program is open to all eligible graduate students in the visual arts and art history. Learn more.

Meet the 2022 Wyeth Award Winners 

posted by November 30, 2022

Anton Refregier, History of San Francisco, 1941-1948, mural, panel 2: “Indians by the Golden Gate,” Rincon Center, San Francisco, California, public domain

Since 2005, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art has supported the publication of books on American art through the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by CAA. The 2022 grantees are:

  • Siobhan Angus, Camera Geologica: Temporality, Materiality, and Mining in Climate Breakdown, Duke University Press
  • Julia Bailey, Painting and Paranoia: The Specter of Communist Art in Cold War USA, University of Illinois Press
  • Janet Berlo, Not Native American Art? Fakes, Replicas, and Invented Traditions, University of Washington Press
  • Stephanie Buhmann, Frederick Kiesler: Galaxies, The Green Box, Berlin
  • Colby Chamberlain, Fluxus Administration: George Maciunas and the Art of Paperwork, University of Chicago Press
  • Jessica L. Horton, Earth Diplomacy: Indigenous American Art and Reciprocity, 1953–1973, Duke University Press
  • Darren Newbury, American Perspectives in Africa: Photographic Diplomacy and the Cold War Imagination, Penn State University Press
  • Louise Siddons, Good Pictures Are a Strong Weapon: Laura Gilpin and Navajo Sovereignty, University of Minnesota Press

The list of all recipients of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from 2005 to the present can be found here.

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