CAA News
May 25, 2011

CAA Advocacy for Artists, Art Historians, and Art Museums
CAA News
Linda Downs, CAA executive director, has prepared a summary on the organization's recent advocacy efforts. She covers freedom of expression and censorship, orphan works, the cost of image reproduction, fair use, and other intellectual-property topics.More

2011 Advocacy Days in Washington, DC
CAA News
Members of the CAA Board of Directors recently attended two important annual events in Washington, DC: Humanities Advocacy Day, held in March, and Arts Advocacy Day, held in April. CAA has published their reports.More

Letter to Art Schools and Departments about Orphan Works
CAA News
To help art schools and departments better understand CAA's stance on orphan works, which some perceived as not protecting artists, the president of the Board of Directors has written and sent a letter to art schools and departments nationwide.More

Recent Deaths in the Arts
CAA News
In its monthly obituaries listing, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts.More

2012 Fellowships for MFA and PhD Students
CAA News
CAA is accepting applications from MFA and PhD students who are CAA members for the 2012 Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts and Art History. Deadline: September 30, 2011.More

Report from the Task Force on Editorial Safeguards
CAA News
The Task Force on Editorial Safeguards, established by the Board of Directors in 2009, has examined CAA's editorial procedures and offers a report on its findings.More

Discounts on Magazine and Journal Subscriptions for CAA Members
CAA News
As part of their benefit package, CAA members can receive discounts on more than forty magazines and journals related to art and culture. CAA has just updated the list for this year.More

NEA Awards $25,000 Grant to CAA for ARTspace
Annual Conference Update
A $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will help fund programming and events at the next ARTspace, taking place during the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles.More

$100,000 Getty Grant Will Fund International Conference Travel
Annual Conference Update
The Getty Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to CAA in support of international travel to the 2012 Annual Conference. The application process begins in early July.More

South and Southeast Asian Art Conference
American Council for Southern Asian Art
Conferences and Symposia More

Call for Artists
Las Manos Gallery
Exhibition Opportunities More

Developing Curatorial Proposals
Root Division
Residencies, Workshops, Exchanges More

Call for Submissions
Journal of Artistic Research
Calls for PapersMore

New Works Photography Fellowship Awards No. 15
En Foco
Awards, Grants, Fellowships More

Vatican Slams New Pope John Paul Sculpture
Associated Press via Google News
The Vatican slammed a giant new modernist sculpture that portrays John Paul II, saying the bronze work outside Rome's main train station doesn't even look like the late pontiff. Commuters and tourists say the statue looks more like the late Italian dictator Benito Mussolini than the widely beloved pope. More

Smithsonian Offers Federal Employees Buyouts and Early Retirement Plans
Washington Post
Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough has asked many of its federal employees to consider a new buyout or early retirement offer. In a memo to the staff, Clough said the reductions, if they happen, would give the Smithsonian an opportunity to recast some of its programs. More

Wife of Detained Chinese Artist Finds Him Tense
Associated Press via Yahoo News
Red-eyed and tense, the usually uninhibited and irreverent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei seemed a different man in custody as he sat for what his wife says was a brief, monitored meeting—his first contact with the outside world in forty-three days. Authorities have still not detailed why the avant-garde artist and government critic was detained on April 3 and held incommunicado. The case has prompted an outcry in the art world and among US and EU officials, who have called it a sign of China's deteriorating human rights. More

Full Court Press
Inside Higher Ed
In the latest twist of a three-year legal case involving copyright and electronic course materials, the lawyers for two prestigious university presses and an academic publisher have proposed an injunction that, if approved by a judge, would make Georgia State University comply with strict guidelines for copying and distributing copyrighted texts. Professors and librarians, they say, cannot be counted on to follow the letter of the law—at least, not as the plaintiffs see it.More

Graffiti's Cozy, Feminine Side
New York Times
The bronze statue of Rocky near the Philadelphia Museum of Art irked Jessie Hemmons. She found the statue too big, too macho, and too touristy, so last month she bombed him with pinkish yarn. Using a stepladder and a needle, Hemmons stitched a fuchsia-colored hooded vest on the fictional boxer with the words "Go See the Art" emblazoned across the front, to prod tourists to visit the museum that so many skip after snapping their photo with the statue.More

The Business of Teaching Art
Wall Street Journal
Art, we are told again and again, is a business. But teaching art is also a business. For a growing number of artists, professional training is taking place at for-profit art schools, rather than at nonprofit colleges, and the number of these schools has been increasing to meet the demand.More

Behind the Lens: Photograph or Painting?
National Geographic
While on assignment in Namibia for National Geographic, Frans Lanting captured a surreal landscape image in a location called Dead Vlei. Due to the nature of the lighting in the frame, the photograph appears almost like a painting. The magazine asked Lanting to take a few moments away from his current assignment in Africa to answer readers' questions about the photograph.More

What It Looks Like inside a Migraine
Los Angeles Times
It can be hard to explain how your world looks to someone whose reality is very different. That's especially true for people with epilepsy and aura-filled migraines. Instead of struggling to explain with words, people with these illnesses are increasingly producing art that does a better job. The artists begin to feel less isolated and alone, their doctors get a better understanding of the symptoms, and researchers gain new insights into how some neurological diseases affect the brain.More