CAA News
Jan. 16, 2013

CAA Receives Mellon Grant for Fair-Use Project
CAA News
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CAA a $630,000 grant to develop, publish, and disseminate a code of best practices for fair use in the creation and curation of artworks and scholarly publishing in the visual arts. The project will be completed over four years, from January 2013 through December 2016.More

Apply for a Spring Meiss Publishing Grant
CAA News
CAA is accepting applications for spring grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund, which supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Deadline: March 15, 2013.More

Recipients of the 2013 Awards for Distinction
CAA News
CAA has announced the recipients of the 2013 Awards for Distinction, which honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.More

Vote in the Board of Directors Election
CAA News
The 2012 Nominating Committee has selected a slate of six candidates for election to the CAA Board of Directors for the 2013–17 term: Elizabeth Conner, University of Washington Tacoma; Constance Cortez, Texas Tech University; Jennifer Milam, University of Sydney; Debra Riley Parr, Columbia College Chicago; Sheila Pepe, Pratt Institute; and John Richardson, Wayne State University. Cast your vote by February 15, 2013.More

Museums Advocacy Day
CAA News
Join fellow advocates in Washington, DC, for Museums Advocacy Day, taking place February 25–26, 2013, and help make the case that museums are essential—as education providers and economic drivers—in every community. Registration is open through January 25.More

Humanities Advocacy Day
CAA News
Registration for the annual meeting of the National Humanities Alliance (March 18) and Humanities Advocacy Day (March 19) will help you to connect with a growing network of humanities leaders, to communicate the value of the humanities to members of Congress, and to become a year-round advocate for the humanities. Advance deadline: January 31, 2013.More

Arts Advocacy Day
CAA News
The 2012 election made a dramatic impact on Congress, with more than eighty new members taking office this month. The House and Senate will renew the focus on reducing the federal deficit and creating jobs, and it is imperative that arts advocates work together to craft a policy agenda that supports the nonprofit arts sector and arts education. CAA encourages you to register for Arts Advocacy Day, which takes place April 8–9 in Washington, DC, to help the cause. Advance deadline: March 25, 2013.More

Art of Turkey: Special Tour for CAA Members
CAA News
CAA has partnered with Tutku Tours to provide an exclusive offer for its members to spend thirteen days exploring the ancient and contemporary sides of Turkey, from April 26 to May 10, 2013. Highlights of the trip include stops in Istanbul, Izmir, Cappadocia, Troy, Ephesus, and Pamukkale.More

New Editions of CAA's Directories of Graduate Programs
CAA News
CAA is now offering updated print, ebook, and digital versions of its directories of graduate programs in art history and the visual arts. These publications list 650 programs across five countries and provide prospective graduate students with the information they need for the application process.More

Participants in ARTexchange
Annual Conference Update
Thirty-nine artists will take part in this year's ARTexchange, a conference event showcasing the work of CAA members. Organized by Sharon Butler and Timothy Nolan, ARTexchange will allow participants to exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table.More

Mentoring Sessions Deadline Extended
Annual Conference Update
As a CAA member, you have free access to a diverse range of mentors at Career Services during the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. All emerging, midcareer, and even advanced professionals can benefit from one-on-one discussions with dedicated mentors about artists' portfolios, career-management skills, and professional strategies. Deadline extended: January 18, 2013.More

Career Services Guide Published
Annual Conference Update
CAA has produced the Career Services Guide to inform job seekers and employers about placement activities at the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. The publication, available as a PDF, will help you navigate Career Services events and provides answers to frequently asked questions.More

Reunions and Receptions
Annual Conference Update
A variety of colleges, universities, and arts organizations will hold reunions and receptions at two of the conference hotels—the Hilton New York and the Sheraton New York—during the 101st Annual Conference. See if your alma mater or current institution is on the list.More

Practice Your Interviewing Technique
Annual Conference Update
Students and emerging professionals can sign up for a free twenty-minute practice job interview at the New York conference. 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. Deadline: February 4, 2013.More

Travel Discounts
Annual Conference Update
CAA has partnered with several companies to offer special rates for Annual Conference attendees. American Airlines and Delta both have a 5 percent savings on tickets, and Amtrak extends a 10 percent discount for rail travel.More

Conference Hotels
Annual Conference Update
Two of the three official conference hotels—the Sheraton New York and the Park Central Hotel—are still accepting discounted reservations for attendees. The Sheraton offers free Wi-Fi to guests, and the Park Central has special room rates for students.More

Preorder Conference Session Audio
Annual Conference Update
CAA's partner for audio recording, Conference Media, is offering advanced orders of 2013 Annual Conference sessions for $99.95 (regularly $149.95). Purchasers will receive MP3 audio on a DVD-ROM after the February meeting.More

Exhibitor Events at the Book and Trade Fair
Annual Conference Update
Exhibitor events at the 2013 Book and Trade Fair include an ARTstor scavenger hunt and raffle and book signings with Calvin Tomkins for Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews and with Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott for After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art.More

Book Reviews
Peter Cornelius Claussen, Die Kirchen der Stadt Rom im Mittelalter 1050–1300, Band 2: S. Giovanni in Laterano (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2008). Reviewed by Dale Kinney.

John Goodall, The English Castle: 1066–1650 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). Reviewed by Peter Fergusson.

Alison McQueen, Empress Eugénie and the Arts: Politics and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011). Reviewed by Heather Belnap Jensen.More

Exhibition Reviews
San Diego Museum of Art, Mexican Modern Painting: The Andrés Blaisten Collection (November 6, 2011–February 19, 2012) and Rubén Ortiz-Torres: Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man (July 30–November 6, 2011). Reviewed by Erin Aldana. OPEN ACCESS

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, Man Ray | Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism (July 14–October 14, 2012). Reviewed by Judy Bloch.More

Digital Art History Symposium at the Institute of Fine Arts
Under the heading "Mellon Research Initiative: Digital Art History," the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University has posted video recordings from its recent conference on digital art history, which took place November 30-December 1, 2012.More

Help Desk: Ready for Representation?
Daily Serving
When is an artist ready to approach galleries? I've been exhibiting my art for about five years, with a couple decent solo shows and a few big sales. It's not an extensive track record, but I'm dedicated and need to increase sales if I want to keep making art. I keep thinking I'm "almost" ready and don't want to waste my time or the gallerist's—or risk making a poor first impression with him or her by jumping the gun. I've read different advice in books but still feel unsure about this important step.More

As the Battle for the Online Art World Sharpens, How the Players Are Adapting
Art and Auction
Over the last five years, investors have funneled tens of millions of dollars into fledgling websites that help users buy, sell, borrow, and learn about art online. Backers range from flush art-world figures like Dasha Zhukova to successful venture capitalists such as Jack Dorsey, a founder of Twitter, and Peter Thiel, a former PayPal executive. But can a cultural sector that typically relies on exclusivity, personal contact, and (often) opacity make an effective transition to the web?More

Labor Mural Gets a New Home in Augusta
Morning Sentinel
The controversial labor mural that once hung in the lobby of the Maine Department of Labor in Augusta—and became the subject of a lawsuit when Governor Paul LePage ordered it removed—has found a new home. The mural will reside for at least the next three years in the Cultural Building atrium that serves as the entryway to the Maine State Museum in Augusta.More

Adjunct Project Reveals Wide Range in Pay
Chronicle of Higher Education
Over the past year, adjuncts across the nation have been turning to the Adjunct Project, a crowdsourcing effort that started last February when Joshua A. Boldt, a writing instructor in Georgia, put online a publicly editable spreadsheet. Nearly two thousand entries have already been made on adjuncts' pay and working conditions, and a clearer national picture is emerging. Now, to increase participation and collect ever-more-comprehensive information, Boldt and the Chronicle are expanding the project. More

Making the Case for Adjuncts
Inside Higher Ed
By now, it's hard to imagine that many people in academe haven't heard about how most adjuncts work for years at low pay and under conditions that hinder their efforts to help students. So why hasn't the issue received more attention on a wider scale, and what will it take to achieve real change? Adjunct advocates and higher-education experts are counting on a new, targeted focus on students and educational value, and gathering of more data about their employment, to force reform.More

Opportunity Costs: The True Price of Internships
Every summer, thousands of interns descend on New York City in order to work for nothing. They flow into empty dorm rooms or onto friends' sofas to sleep, burrow unnoticed into illegal sublets, and surf couches longterm. At work, they occupy desks and offices recently vacated by laid-offs. They file papers, get coffee, and try to make themselves noticed, but not too much so. No one knows how many of these interns there are, partly because much of their unsalaried work is illegal and therefore covert.More

Court Decision Shows Why Copyright Assignments Should Be Precisely Worded
Information Law Group
The parties in a recent case engaged in expensive litigation they could have avoided if the language governing transfer of copyright had been more precise. The decision serves to remind how good drafting in development agreements—whether for software, content, or, as in this case, t-shirt designs—can enhance business efficiencies.More