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Wen C. Fong Is CAA's 2013 Distinguished Scholar
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Wen C. Fong, a historian of East Asian art, professor emeritus at Princeton University, and former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Scholar. CAA will present a session in his honor in February during the upcoming Annual Conference in New York. More


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Recent Deaths in the Arts
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In its monthly roundup of obituaries, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, architects, photographers, and others whose work has significantly influenced the visual arts. This month was marked by the loss of the conceptual artist Michael Asher, the Belgian abstract painter Raoul de Keyser, the sculptor and activist An Dekker, and the English gallery director Michael Stanley. More

New Professional-Development Podcasts
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CAA has posted two new professional-development podcasts. Based on her experience as an artist and curator, Reni Gower offers a six-point checklist for assembling a traveling exhibition. Next, the artist Dahlia Elsayed discusses enlarging the scope of your practice and how your day job makes you a more expansive artist. More

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November 10 Workshop for Artists in Columbus, Ohio
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CAA's next Professional-Development Workshop for Artists will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Columbus College of Art and Design. The one-day event, called "Art and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Community," will explore the necessity of entrepreneurship coexisting with creativity for those artists who strive to have their work seen and heard by a larger public. More Seeks 2012 Doctoral Dissertations
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CAA seeks dissertation titles in art history and visual studies from American and Canadian institutions, both completed and in progress, for publication in in mid-2013. More

See what's happening at RAP

Please visit the Research and Academic Program’s website to find out about upcoming scholarly events and activities, access archives of past activities, and get information about the fellowship program at the Clark.

In the Mail: 2013 Conference Information and Registration
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CAA has begun mailing 2013 Conference Information and Registration, a booklet that provides important details, instructions, and deadlines for attending and participating in the Annual Conference, to all individual and institutional members. Look for it soon, or visit the continually updated conference website. More

Conference Registration Has Opened
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Registration has opened for the upcoming Annual Conference in New York, taking place February 13–16, 2013. CAA encourages you to take advantage of the incredibly low rates: $170 for members and $100 for student and retired members. Early registration ends on December 14, 2012, after which prices increase. More

New from Getty Publications

Getty Publications produces award-winning titles that result from or complement the work of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute. These books cover a wide range of fields including art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both the general public and specialists. MORE

Poster Sessions
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Poster sessions—informal presentations for small groups displayed on poster boards by individuals—for the upcoming conference include "Art History Teaching Resources" and "Visual Poetry: Text as Textile in Contemporary Design." More

Register for a Professional Development Workshop
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CAA offers workshops on grant writing for artists, the academic job search, advice for beginning and inexperienced teachers, and other career-oriented topics at the New York conference. Enroll now to ensure your place. More

New - MA in Art History

The School of Art also offers the following degree programs: MAE, MFA in Art, and PhD in Fine Arts with field of specialization in Art.  MORE

Mentors Needed for Career Services
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CAA seeks established professionals in the visual arts to volunteer as mentors for two Career Services programs: the Artists' Portfolio Review and Career Development Mentoring. Participating as a mentor at the conference is an excellent way to serve the field and to assist the professional growth of the next generation of artists and scholars. Deadline: December 14, 2012. More

Projectionists and Room Monitors Needed
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Working as a projectionist or room monitor is a great way to save on conference expenses. All candidates must be US citizens or permanent US residents. CAA encourages students and emerging professionals—especially those in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut—to apply for service. Deadline: December 14, 2012. More

SAH Launches SAH Archipedia

SAH Archipedia offers a comprehensive view of the most notable architecture in the United States – visit now for full access (limited time only). MORE

Help Fund CAA Travel Grants through Indiegogo
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Through the crowd-funding website Indiegogo, CAA seeks to raise $4,000 for sixteen additional travel grants for graduate students to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Please donate now and share this link with your friends and colleagues! More

CAA's Opportunities collects and publishes calls for entries and papers, conference notices, fellowship and grant opportunities, and more. New listings are posted daily; you may also submit your own.

The Wolfsonian—FIU Fellowship Program
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The Wolfsonian–Florida International University
Awards, Grants, Fellowships

Experience and Experimentation: An Investigation of Alternative Artistic Practices
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University of Oregon, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
Calls for Papers

Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide

A comprehensive handbook covering appraisal methodology, legal guidelines, and fifty areas of the fine and decorative arts. Hudson Hills Press/Appraisers Association of America. Pre-publication $75.

Call for Entries: "Flatlanders and Surface Dwellers"
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Gallery Aferro Studio Residency
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Gallery Aferro
Residencies, Workshops, Exchanges

2013-14 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities
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Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
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Texas Tech’s curriculum combines studies in music, theatre, and philosophy with a specialization emphasizing Critical Studies & Artistic Practice that examines diverse discourses in visual arts, explores transdisciplinary margins and disciplinary strengths, and supports a variety of professional goals. Doctoral students holding assistantships receive substantial reductions in tuition and fees. MORE:

Resale Royalty Act
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Congress has asked the Copyright Office to review how the current copyright legal system affects and supports visual artists, and how a federal resale royalty right for visual artists would affect current and future practices of groups or individuals involved in the creation, licensing, sale, exhibition, dissemination, and preservation of works of visual art. This initial notice of inquiry seeks comments from the public on the means by which visual artists exploit their works under existing law as well as the issues and obstacles that may be encountered when considering a federal resale royalty right in the US. More

Your Official Job-Application Checklist
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For the novice, the logistical challenges of an academic job search can be exasperating, especially when dozens of applications are involved. Getting things right (providing the correct materials, from CV to sample syllabi, in the style and form most sought by a particular search committee) and submitting the application on time (via sometimes complicated electronic interfaces) are never as easy as they may sound on initial prospect. It follows that obsessiveness is a good quality in applicants for tenure-track positions. More

The Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University presents:

“Traditions--IV," the 20th Symposium on Architectural History and the Decorative Arts, on Friday, November 16, 2012. For a brochure or information about registration, please visit

An Open Letter to Critics Writing about Political Art
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Creative Time recently held its fourth annual summit on the current state of artistic activism. Over two days, scores of political artists from around the world gave short presentations and organized longer workshops. Hundreds of people participated. The critical response, so far, has been underwhelming. How this event was—and wasn't—covered is indicative of the state of criticism when it comes to political art. The problem is not necessarily lazy criticism, but the fact that we don't have a developed vocabulary with which to understand, and criteria with which to evaluate, political art and activist artists. In an effort to develop a language and criteria with which artistic activism can be usefully criticized, we offer the following seven questions for the critic to consider. More and the Myth of the Online Art Market
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Not every plucky startup gets a fawning profile in the New York Times on launch day, but still fewer get a shout-out from Rupert Murdoch on his erratic Twitter feed., the long-time-coming digital art outpost, got both. The hugely hyped website promises to introduce users to art they'll enjoy via a sophisticated recommendation engine; the Times placed alongside Netflix and Pandora as a means for serendipitous artistic encounters. But what has excited Wendi Murdoch and the site's many other starry investors is's real business: brokering sales between galleries and collectors. Will it work? Perhaps, though if they do succeed will be the exception, as company after company has failed to drag the art world into the digital age. More

Research Fellowships in the Humanities

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards over 50 fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. Application Deadline: February 1, 2013. MORE

Invitation to Sue?
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A sharply divided federal appeals court last week refused to reconsider a March ruling that revived a lawsuit by a former graduate student against the University of Oregon. And the dissenting judges on the appeals court say that the refusal could endanger academic freedom and leave faculty members vulnerable to litigious graduate students. More

Getty Research Institute Buys Knoedler Gallery Archive
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When the Soviet government sold hundreds of paintings from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad in the 1930s, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Raphael, and Velazquez, officials ended up working closely with one American art gallery: Knoedler & Company in New York. The gallery abruptly closed last year after more than 160 years in business. Now the Getty Research Institute is acquiring for an undisclosed sum the sales books, artists' letters, telegrams, photographs, and rare books documenting the Hermitage deals, among other resources that make up Knoedler's vast private archives. More

Bard Graduate Center
Learning from Things

Our MA and PhD students learn from things—from those of the most exquisite aesthetic value to the ordinary objects of everyday life. MORE

Taubman Says Art Museum Won't Fail
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The Taubman Museum of Art's biggest financial supporter said that he and the museum's new board of directors won't let the struggling museum fail. "We're not going to let the place go broke," said Nick Taubman, who took command as board chairman of the institution that bears his family's name. To that effect, the former Advance Auto Parts president and CEO and the new board have infused the cash-strapped museum with about $1.5 million to help it cover operating costs for the rest of the year. More

Revolutionary Architecture: How Cuba's National Arts Schools Were Disgraced and Reclaimed
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The Cuban Revolution had barely finished when Fidel Castro and Che Guevara staged one of the iconic moments of post-Batista Cuba. Dressed in green fatigues and black combat boots, the two commandantes hit the links. Mugging for photographers, they goofed around on a golf course in the posh Havana suburb of Cubanacán. It was at that moment, apparently, that Castro decided to turn the symbol of privilege into one of the first significant architectural projects of the new regime. The golf course would become the campus of the Cuban National Arts Schools. More


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