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Statement on Terminal Degree Programs for Artists
CAA News
In a special meeting held on January 12, 2015, the CAA Board of Directors affirmed that the master of fine arts (MFA) is the terminal degree in studio art practice. At the same time, the board recognizes the existence of the doctor of philosophy (PhD), the doctor of fine arts (DFA), the doctor of visual arts (DVA), the doctor of studio art (DA), and other doctoral degrees that incorporate art and/or design practice.
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  Penn State Press Art Book Sale

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New Committee Members and Chairs
CAA News
CAA's nine Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees welcome their newly appointed members, who will serve three-year terms. In addition, three new chairs will take over committee leadership. New committee members and chairs will begin their terms at the 2015 Annual Conference in New York.
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Donors to the Annual Fund
CAA News
CAA warmly thanks the many individuals for their generous support of the organization and its programs through their donations to the Annual Fund.
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  PIGMENTS FOR HOME-MADE PAINT

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NEH Chairman Announces "Common Good" Initiative
CAA News
Recalling the agency's "twin purposes" of ensuring leadership in the realm of ideas and cultivating humanities in the public sphere, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William D. "Bro" Adams has introduced "The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square," an agency-wide initiative designed to demonstrate the critical role humanities scholarship can play in our public life.
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CAA Trip to Cuba
CAA News
Enjoy a rare and special opportunity to join CAA on an exciting and informative trip to Cuba in May 2015. Meet the people of Cuba and learn about art from the Americas and around the world. Cuba is undergoing a period of great change, and the arts community is paving the way.
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  Call for Papers: Journal of Japonisme

The Journal of Japonisme will be a multi-disciplinary dedicated to all aspects of the Japonisme movement from the first appearance in the 1870s until the 21st century. The journal will be open to new ideas and findings from wherever they might be found. More>>
 


Spring 2015 Meiss Publishing Grants
CAA News
CAA is accepting applications for spring 2015 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, 2015.
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JPASS Access for CAA Members
CAA News
CAA offers members a special, deeply discounted fee for JPASS, a new JSTOR access plan for individuals. JPASS is especially valuable for individuals without institutional access, faculty members at institutions with limited access to JSTOR, and adjuncts with irregular access to library resources.
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Board of Directors Election
CAA News
Six candidates are running for election to the CAA Board of Directors: Derrick R. Cartwright, University of San Diego; Jawshing Arthur Liou, Indiana University; Chika Okeke-Agulu, Princeton University; Katerina Ruedi Ray, Bowling Green State University; Rachel Weiss, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Andrés Zervigón, Rutgers University. Cast your vote by February 13, 2015.
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Art2Drone Catalogue Exhibition
Annual Conference Update
Art2Drone is a catalogue exhibition, published in conjunction with ARTspace at the 2015 Annual Conference in New York, that brings together the work of artists who investigate drone technology and its cultural implications.
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  Bard Graduate Center
Teaching. Research. Exhibitions

Our Gallery exhibitions, MA and PhD programs, and research initiatives explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture. MORE
 


ARTexchange Participants
Annual Conference Update
Forty artists will take part in this year's ARTexchange, an annual event showcasing the work of CAA members that will take place on Friday, February 13, 5:30–7:30 PM. Participants will exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table.
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Download the Career Services Guide
Annual Conference Update
CAA has designed the Career Services Guide to inform job seekers and employers about placement activities at the 2015 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.
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  Oxford Art Online: home of Grove Art Online and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single, elegant gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works including Grove Art Online and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists.
 


Donors to the Annual Conference Travel Grants
Annual Conference Update
CAA warmly thanks the following individuals who made voluntary donations to the Annual Conference Travel Grant fund during the past twelve months.
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2015 Awards for Distinction
Annual Conference Update
CAA has announced the recipients of the 2015 Awards for Distinction, which honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the visual arts whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines. Among the recipients are the artists Keith Sonnier and Charles Gaines, the critic Lucy R. Lippard, and the art historian Amelia Jones.
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Call for Mock Interviewers
Annual Conference Update
For the 2015 Annual Conference in New York, the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee seeks established professionals to volunteer as practice interviewers for the Mock Interview Sessions. Deadline: January 31, 2015.
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Sign Up for Mock Interviews
Annual Conference Update
Organized by the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee, 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. Interviewers also provide candid feedback on application packets. Deadline: February 5, 2015.
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  (Re) Connect with the League
Visit the renowned Art Students League of New York
February 13 at 2:00pm for a free panel discussion and reception—an 8-minute walk from CAA.
 


Networking Tips
Annual Conference Update
The 2015 Annual Conference will provide myriad opportunities for you to meet and speak with colleagues old and new. CAA offers nine ways to help build and improve your professional network.
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Tips for First-Time Attendees
Annual Conference Update
Attending your first major academic conference will be exhilarating but also overwhelming. To help smooth out your experience, CAA offers advice on what you can do before, during, and after the conference to take full advantage of the February event.
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Conference Hashtags
Annual Conference Update
If you plan to tweet during the 2015 Annual Conference in New York, please use the official hashtags—#CAA2015 for the overall meeting, #ARTspace for all events happening in ARTspace, and #CAAfairuse for copyright initiatives—to let your followers and all conference attendees know what you're up to.
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  Call for Applications:
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center invites applications for fellowships in American Modernism for the 2015-2016 academic term.

okeeffemuseum.org/fellowship-programs.html.
 


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Free Museum and Gallery Admission
Annual Conference Update
Having a 2015 Annual Conference badge will allow attendees to receive free admission to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Jewish Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Ukrainian Museum, among others.
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CAA supports the activities, programs, and publications of its many affiliated societies. Here is a selection of listings from the most recent Affiliated Society News.

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The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, is a world-leading centre for the study of art history, conservation and curating.  We offer over 20 specialist MA options, including a new course MA ‘Flesh and Fabric: The Victorian and Edwardian Interior’.

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American Society of Appraisers
Affiliated Society News
The American Society of Appraisers will host the upcoming 2015 Personal Property Conference, titled "Issues in Determining the Authenticity in Visual Art and Objects, the Catalogue Raisonné, Art Scholarship, and Value in the Marketplace." The conference will be held at the Yale Club in New York from March 25 to 27, 2015.
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Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Affiliated Society News
The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries has appointed Christopher Bedford, director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, to be the keynote speaker for the organization's next annual conference, taking place April 24–26, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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  MFA in Visual Art

Reimagine the creative process through Azusa Pacific’s MFA in Visual Art, a low-residency program close to the Los Angeles area’s world-class cultural venues. Learn more.
 


International Center of Medieval Art
Affiliated Society News
The International Center of Medieval Art was recently awarded a renewal of its grant from the Kress Foundation—$10,000 a year for the next three years—to support travel costs for members participating in conference sessions sponsored by the organization.
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Pacific Arts Association
Affiliated Society News
The Pacific Arts Association will hold a session at the 2015 CAA Annual Conference in New York called "Early Missionary Activity on Erromango and Its Impact on Local Material Culture." Four panelists will examine the interplay between imposed change and local innovation in objects past and present.
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Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture
Affiliated Society News
At CAA's Annual Conference in February, the Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture will sponsor two sessions: "Infiltrating the Pedagogical Canon," chaired by Marie Gasper-Hulvat; and a double session led by Galina Mardilovich and Maria Taroutina, titled "Reconsidering Art and Politics: Toward New Narratives of Russian and Eastern European Art."
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  James Madison University
SCHOOL OF ART, DESIGN & ART
MFA + MA STUDIO ART
CERAMICS.FIBERS.INTERMEDIA.METALS.PAINTING & DRAWING.PHOTOGRAPHY.SCULPTURE
MA ART EDUCATION

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The $1,000 Job Interview That Will Not Die
Vitae
I'm relieved to see that more departments, in a diverse array of fields, are choosing to offer alternatives to the traditional convention interview—or to forego the first-round conference interview altogether, like they should, since, as many sane voices have already opined quite loudly, it is no longer necessary. However, it dismays me to report that some holdouts remain.
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Don't Kill the Conference Interview
Vitae
Rebecca Schuman recently called for the death of the conference interview for faculty jobs. A key reason she listed was the expense, citing the Modern Language Association's recent convention as a case in point. In fact, she went to considerable length to prove that anyone traveling to Vancouver for that meeting would need to spend more than $1,000. But a data point is not a universal. Many faculty members with full-time jobs and many graduate students seeking employment still think the conference interview is a useful enterprise.
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  History of Design and Curatorial Studies (MA)
Parsons and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, are reframing curatorial practice. Work with renowned collections and interpret historical and contemporary objects, teach, and conduct research—in NYC and Paris.

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How Not to Be a Jerk at Your Next Academic Conference
Vitae
If you've spent any time at an academic conference, you know the scene: a stage full of scholars have just finished presenting their papers. As the Q&A session begins, a woman rises from the audience and prefaces her remarks by saying, in so many words, that she hadn't been invited to appear on the panel. But here, anyway, are the highlights of her paper—and her credentials and biography, too.
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Teaching Artists Applying the Breadth of Their Skills
ARTSblog
The typical structure of 99 percent of American nonprofit arts organizations includes segregated artistic, administrative, and development departments. My colleagues who work in such segregated institutions experience chasms between departments and waste time bickering and competing for an even share of resources. Aside from the intention of human-resource efficiency, I have never understood the acceptance of this structure.
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  Art and the Religious Image in El Greco's Italy
by Andrew R. Casper

“In a probing and illuminating fashion, Casper reveals the ways in which El Greco’s encounter with both Counter-Reformation theological ideas and Venetian and Roman art and art theory enabled him to transform himself from a provincial painter of icons in the Byzantine manner to a truly modern painter of devotional images” —Steven F. Ostrow, University of Minnesota
 


L'Origine du Monde Sparks Facebook Legal Battle
ArtNet News
Facebook has been taken to court by a French user whose account was closed after he posted an image of Gustave Courbet's racy painting L'Origine du Monde (1866). According to Le Figaro, the world-famous oil on canvas was part of a promo for an art-history video about the artwork, broadcasted by the highbrow TV channel Arte. The plaintiff, a Parisian schoolteacher, seeks the reactivation of his Facebook account and €20,000 in damages.
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The NEA and the Federal Reserve Bank Reports
Barry's Blog
First, the release of the NEA report, A Decade of Arts Engagement, on arts attendance and participation—widely reported almost everywhere. Not much new here. Confirmation that attendance in the core arts continues a two-decade decline, while distribution of arts via technology is on the increase. Arts participation is up overall if you count "selfless" and downloading your favorite pop song, or maybe dancing in front of your mirror.
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  Manet Paints Monet by Willibald Säuerlander

Published by the Getty Research Institute, this elegantly conceived book offers a fresh consideration of Impressionism by way of a single masterwork. MORE
 


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Might at the Museum
Vanity Fair
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's big, new move into twentieth-century art—propelled by Leonard Lauder's recent $1 billion gift of eighty-one Cubist masterpieces—is altering the balance of power among New York's biggest museums, a change compounded by the Whitney's relocation downtown and the Museum of Modern Art's controversial expansion plans. Sorting through talk of a growing rivalry between the Met and MoMA for artworks, board members, and prestige, Bob Colacello uncovers the forces at work.
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Effective Ways to Structure Discussion
Faculty Focus
The use of online discussion in both blended and fully online courses has made clear that those exchanges are more productive if they are structured, if there's a protocol that guides the interaction. This kind of structure is more important in the online environment because those discussions are usually asynchronous and miss all the nonverbal cues that facilitate face-to-face exchanges. But I'm wondering if more structure might benefit our in-class discussions as well.
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