CAA News
Sept. 7, 2011

Art Journal Website Features Conversation between Helen Molesworth and Taylor Davis
CAA News
In a new addition to the website of Art Journal, Helen Molesworth of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston speaks about the curator's role in bringing art to viewers and the factors that led her to become a curator. The artist Taylor Davis conducted the interview in 2010, shortly after Molesworth assumed her position at the ICA, and excerpts from it appeared in the ICA's newsletter.More

Summer 2011 Issue of Art Journal
CAA News
The new issue of Art Journal features texts and projects on the idea of "free time" by Joe Scanlan, Dexter Sinister, Carol Bove, Mary Heilmann, and Pierre Huyghe; and a cluster of articles by Marc James Léger, Rebecca Zorach, and Anna C. Chave on politically engaged art. Selected material is available on the journal's website.More

Symposium Organizers for "Re-envisioning Lower Manhattan" Invite CAA Members to Attend
CAA News
The sponsors of an upcoming symposium on "Re-envisioning Lower Manhattan: Downtown after 9/11" invite CAA members to attend at a reduced rate. The event will take place on Thursday evening, September 15, 2011, at the Museum of the City of New York.More

CAA Offers Fellowships to MFA and PhD Students
CAA News
CAA offers $5,000 grants to graduate students through its 2012 Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts and Art History. CAA members enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide are eligible to apply. Deadline: September 30, 2011.More

Apply for a CAA Publishing Grant
CAA News
CAA offers publishing grants through two programs that support new books in art history, visual studies, and related subjects: the Millard Meiss Publication Fund and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant. If you have a book in the works or know someone who does, please review the application guidelines, materials, and lists of previous grantees. Deadline: October 1, 2011.More

Serve on a CAA Committee
CAA News
CAA invites members to apply for service on one of its nine innovative, productive Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees, which address crucial issues in the visual arts and propose solutions that advance CAA's goals and the profession as a whole. Deadline: October 14, 2011.More

Advertise in the Winter Art Journal
CAA News
Reach an estimated 35,000 readers of CAA's quarterly publication devoted to modern and contemporary art with a display advertisement in the Winter 2011 issue. Deadline: October 14, 2011.More

Getty Foundation International Travel Grant Program
Annual Conference Update
Through the new Getty Foundation International Travel Grant Program, CAA will provide funds to twenty applicants from outside the United States to fully cover expenses to attend the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Applicants may be art historians, artists who teach art history, and art historians who are museum curators. Deadline: September 23, 2011.More

Exhibitor and Advertising Prospectus for the Book and Trade Fair
Annual Conference Update
The Exhibitor and Advertising Prospectus, which features essential information for participation in the Book and Trade Fair at next year's conference in Los Angeles, is now available for download. Priority deadline for applications: October 28, 2011.More

Support the Annual Conference Travel Grants
Annual Conference Update
Your contribution to CAA's fund for Annual Conference Travel Grants allows MFA and PhD students and international artists and scholars to cover expenses for attending the February 2012 meeting in Los Angeles. Travel grants are funded solely by donations from members—please contribute today!More

Participate in ARTexchange at the Los Angeles Conference
Annual Conference Update
CAA's Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the upcoming Annual Conference. The Friday-evening event also offers an excellent opportunity to network with fellow artists and other conference attendees.More

American Council for Southern Asian Art
Affiliated Society News
ACSAA's fifteenth biennial symposium will take place at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from September 22 to 25, 2011. The engaging event will feature speakers presenting a wide range of papers on historical and contemporary art from South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan region.More

American Institute for Conservation
Affiliated Society News
AIC has published a second edition of The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation. The text has been updated to include recommendations for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and an expanded chapter on the storage and backup of electronic records.More

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Affiliated Society News
AAMG recently elected Jill Hartz, executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene, as its president for a three-year term. She succeeds David Alan Robertson, director of the Mary and Leigh Block Art Museum at Northwestern University.More

International Association of Art Critics
Affiliated Society News
The United States chapter of AICA has appointed two new board members: Jill Connor, an editor and critic based in New York, and João Ribas, a curator for the List Visual Arts Center at MIT. Both will serve the organization through May 2012.More

Society for Photographic Education
Affiliated Society News
SPE offers student scholarships to offset the cost of attending its upcoming national conference, to be held in March 2012 in San Francisco. Applicants must be SPE student members currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students at a postsecondary institution, concentrating or majoring in photography but not graduating before the end of the 2011–12 academic year.More

About to Burst: The Art World's Intern Bubble
Art Slant
Unpaid internship: a two-word phrase that makes any young creative cringe. The concept of providing work for free is an unfortunate reality in most every field and particularly indicative of a troubling larger issue in the artistic community. In an industry that already has a difficult time solidifying the marriage of labor and capital, an expectation like the unpaid internship warps the entire market. What could be a hands-on learning experience often falls flat, discrediting and disheartening the next generation of artists, curators, designers, gallerists, museum directors, and critics.More

Architect and 9/11 Memorial Both Evolved over the Years
New York Times
A few years ago the World Trade Center memorial was in trouble. Michael Arad, an unknown young architect, had won the design competition in 2004, and by 2006 the estimated cost of the memorial and related projects had nearly tripled. The unbuilt project seemed to be "spinning out of control," according to an article in the New York Times in May 2006; that same month, a long profile of Arad in New York magazine had it teetering on "the brink of collapse." It was always clear that there were too many people and organizations with conflicting interests involved in the World Trade Center site for anything there to go smoothly. But some people thought that as good as Arad's design was, the architect himself was part of the problem.More

Digital Ink Pen Revolutionizes the Art of Creating Art
One of the best things about writing about technology is that every now and then you run across something that is such a leap ahead it seems like you're witnessing magic (for example, the first iPhone). This was my reaction when I got my first look at the new Wacom Inkling digital sketch pen. Back when I was in art school, one of the most coveted (and expensive) tools an artist could have was a set of Rapidograph pens, renowned for their ability to deliver amazing detail and produce a line unmatched by any other drawing pen.More

Understanding Blend Modes in iPad Art
The digital artist Kyle Lambert walks us through some of the most commonly used layer blend modes and explains when and how to use them in iPad painting apps. Layers are a massively important part of digital painting, allowing you to organize and separate different parts of your artwork; they also offer extra tricks, one of which is to facilitate the use of blend modes. Blend modes can change the way a layer in your painting interacts with the layer underneath it to produce a range of visual variations.More

Waking Up the White House on Arts Policy
Modern Art Notes
When it comes to arts policy, the Obama administration has been a disappointment. It has helped to eliminate arts-related jobs by proposing spending cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. After saying that art education would be a top arts-policy focus, the Obama administration has allowed art education funding to be slashed. Obama has failed to pursue most of the arts-related campaign promises he made in 2008. Instead, tokenism: the White House has been good at letting us know when it’s hung some new art.More

Grant Recipients and Race
Inside Higher Ed
Every so often, the issue of financial aid awarded on the basis of students' race flares. Lawsuits crop up challenging a state's or institution's ability to consider race in handing out grants, or a white student (or a group of such students) announces the creation of a fund for scholarships reserved for white students, on the grounds that grant money flows disproportionately to members of minority groups. A new report challenges the assumptions underlying such developments. The study, by the financial aid analyst Mark Kantrowitz, is plain about its goal: to debunk what the author calls "the race myth, which claims that minority students receive more than their fair share of scholarships."More

From Christ to Coke
The Greek word "icon" now seems to denote any thing, person, or idea that is, for whatever reason, a center of attention, and which has acquired a significance that raises it above the flow of ordinary events. It may be difficult to put this significance into words; but the crucial thing is that an icon is common property. For Martin Kemp, however, the religious icon is only one example of a much more widespread phenomenon, addressed in his new book Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon.More

With Cheating Only a Click Away, Professors Reduce the Incentive
Chronicle of Higher Education
As soon as the handheld gadgets called "clickers" hit the University of Colorado in Boulder, Douglas Duncan saw cheating. The astronomy instructor and director of the Fiske Planetarium was observing a colleague's physics class in 2002, when the university introduced the electronic devices that students use to respond to in-class questions. He glanced at the first row and saw a student with four clickers spread out before him. It turned out that only one was his—the rest belonged to his sleeping roommates.More