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New Book on the History of CAA: The Eye, the Hand, the Mind
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Edited by Susan Ball, executive director emerita, The Eye, the Hand, the Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association surveys the impressive history of the organization from 1911 to the present. Order the book now or get a signed copy at the Annual Conference. More

Winners of the 2011 Awards for Distinction
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CAA has named the recipients of its twelve Awards for Distinction, which annually honor outstanding achievements in the visual arts by artists, scholars, teachers, writers, and conservators. Among the winners are Lynda Benglis, John Baldessari, and Mieke Bal. More

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Cast Your Vote for the 2011-15 Board of Directors
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The election of members to the CAA Board of Directors for the 2011–15 term has begun. The six candidates are: Leslie Bellavance, Brian Bishop, dele jegede, Denise Mullen, Saul L. Ostrow, and Georgia K. Strange. Please read their statements and biographies—and watch their video presentations—before casting your vote. More

CAA Seeks Nominations and Self-Nominations for 2012-16
Board Service

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CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations from individuals interested in shaping the future of the organization by serving on the Board of Directors for the 2012-16 term. More

Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles

Featuring forty-two stunning selections from this self-taught artist's oeuvre, this book tells the intriguing story of the white man who came to be recognized by the Seminole as the premier painter of native subjects and mythology.

Contribute to the Centennial Campaign
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CAA's one-hundredth anniversary is the perfect time to think about the organization's future, and you can help with a tax-deductible contribution to the Centennial Campaign. More

Advance Registration Open through January 21
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Register for the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff by January 21 to receive a special discounted rate: $225 for regular CAA members, $130 for student and retired members, and $350 for nonmembers. More

Discounts on Airfare and Train Travel
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Coming to the Annual Conference by plane or train? American Airlines gives a 5 percent discount to those traveling to the meeting, and Amtrak offers 10 percent off the lowest available rail fare to New York between February 5 and 16, 2011. More

Award-Winning Graphic Design

Literary/arts journal Ninth Letter features new work by international and U.S. writers and artists. Winner of over 30 awards for design and typography.

Employers: Reserve Your Interview Hall Booth
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Through the Online Career Center, CAA encourages schools, institutions, and organizations that will be interviewing job candidates at the New York conference to reserve interview booths and tables in the Interview Hall. More

Attend the Annual Members' Business Meeting
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The Annual Members' Business Meeting will be held at the upcoming Annual Conference in New York on Friday, February 11. The agenda has been published, and CAA encourages you to attend the discussion, which will be followed by a toast to the organization's Centennial. More

Painting? Sculpture? Digital/Hybrid Media? Photography?

You have enough to worry about in grad school without having to worry about time and money, too. Ask us how the MFA in Art offered by the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU can provide you with the time, the creative resources and the intellectual and financial support you need to make art

CAA supports the activities, programs, and publications of its many affiliated societies. Here is a selection of listings from this month's Affiliated Society News.


This paid fellowship is designed to provide graduate students with an intensive scholarly, professional and international experience through the curatorial department of the Meadows Museum at SMU and includes travel and research to Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. More information at

[IMAGE: Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660), Sibyl with Tabula Rasa, ca. 1648, oil on canvas, Algur H. Meadows Collection, 74.01]

Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History
On Thursday afternoon at the CAA conference, ATSAH will sponsor a session, called "Symbolism, Its Origins, and Its Consequences II," under the umbrella of Art, Literature, and Music in Symbolism and Decadence, a newly formed society.

Association of Historians of American Art
AHAA is sponsoring two sessions at next month's CAA conference: "(Re)Collecting Memory: Oral History as Testimony of Lived Experience" on Thursday afternoon; and "Color and Nineteenth-Century American Painting" on Friday afternoon.

PhD for Working Art Professionals

IDSVA offers a PhD in philosophy and theory for artists and creative scholars. Study includes residencies at the Venice Biennale, Paris, and NYC, plus distance-learning.

National Council of Arts Administrators
At NCAA's recent annual conference in Austin, Texas, Jim Hopfensperger of Western Michigan University was elected president of the organization's board of directors.

Public Art Dialogue
PAD's latest newsletter has announced the upcoming launch of its new journal, Public Art Dialogue, to be published in early 2011.

Radical Art Caucus
RAC will celebrate its tenth anniversary as an organization at the CAA Annual Conference with a special reception on Friday evening, February 11.

Advising and the Job Letter
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The job letter is one of the most important pieces of writing an academic does. But I have seen, serving on fifteen search committees, that some letters never have a chance. The direction offered by dissertation committees can steer new PhDs in beneficial and harmful directions—so here I offer guidance to those advising graduate students. I will follow with a second piece, on advice for the candidates. More

Hailing Artworks on the Avenue
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Don't be alarmed if you see a pair eyes zipping down a city street in New York City. It's part of a new month-long initiative to showcase artwork on five hundred taxi tops. The moving display, which includes black-and-white photographs of eyes and lips, is an effort to bring public art to the streets. Instead of an ad for a product or a mass retailer like Ciroc vodka or Sephora, cabs across the city will boast the highbrow pieces of Chuck Close and Kehinde Wiley on their roofs for the month of January. More

Telling Stories and Chasing Ghosts
Refreshing perspectives on traditional canons. Enlightening lectures. Individualized, interdisciplinary study. Find us at Vermont College of Fine Arts’ original low-residency MFA in Visual Art program. MORE

Total Eclipse of the Art: The Rise of Art News and the Crisis
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If you had to name the major development in art discourse during the 2000s, it would undoubtedly be the ascent of "art news," which has definitely replaced "art criticism" at the center of discussion. There's been an enormous proliferation of writing about the art scene. And of course, there is the tremendous excitement generated by the art blogosphere, which draws its strength from attitude and outrage. A simple logic governs this proliferation of "art news": Readers care a lot more about reporting on the art world than they do about reviews of art. More

Monet's Water Lilies to Reunite in Missouri
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The Cleveland Museum of Art is lending a painting of water lilies by Claude Monet to museums in Missouri, where it will join two companion works for the first time in more than thirty years. The painting will be on loan over the next year to the St. Louis Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The Plain Dealer reports that the three paintings measure 42 feet wide when together and were created by Monet as a trio but sold separately after his death in 1926. More

"Neither condemned nor vindicated"
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The trial of Marion True, the former antiquities curator of the Getty Museum (which for many years has been one of the leading collectors of world-class antiquities), for conspiring to receive antiquities that had been illegally excavated and exported from Italy, began on 16 November 2005. The Art Newspaper has been covering the trial since its outset. Until March 2009, the prosecution worked through its case, and then the defense began cross-examining witnesses, but True has had no opportunity to present her case directly. Here, she tells the Art Newspaper about the trial and its outcome. More

Brussels Wants Seven-Year Limit on Works Digitized by Google
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Companies like Google that digitize artworks and books from public bodies should allow other companies and institutions to commercialize those materials after seven years, said three experts advising the European Commission. The experts, including Maurice C. Lévy, the chairman and chief executive of Publicis, a communications and advertising company based in Paris, also encouraged the emergence of additional innovative companies besides Google to help digitize Europe's cultural heritage. More

Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies

Held at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, SIAMS is an intensive, co-educational, six-week exploration of art museums and museum work for undergraduates and recent graduates.

New Author Rights in Content Licenses Blog
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An ad hoc working group for the Association of Research Libraries has created a new blog,, to share and discuss draft standard author rights language for library content licenses. This language is intended to be used by libraries and consortia as they negotiate contracts with content vendors in order to ensure that authors at these institutions retain consistent rights to make educational and scholarly uses of their own publications. More

How Offensive Is Damien Hirst's Diamond-Encrusted Baby Skull?
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Few artists know how to polarize the public like Damien Hirst, the British provocateur and Turner Prize winner whose most famous works include a shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, a living installation of a fly's life cycle, and a sculpture depicting an anatomical cross-section of a pregnant woman titled Virgin Mother. This week, Hirst finds himself once more at the center of art-world chatter thanks to his 2008 sculpture For Heaven's Sake, which depicts a human baby skull covered in diamonds. The work is part of a Hirst solo show that is scheduled to open this month at the new Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. More

Vasari at 500
2011 marks the 200th anniversary of Giorgio Vasari’s birth. Celebrate with 25% off these Varsari titles: The Delight of Art: Giorgio Vasari and the Traditions of Humanist Discourse by David Cast, A Brief History of the Artist from God to Picasso and Why Mona Lisa Smiles and Other Tales by Vasari by Paul Barolsky. Use code VASI at checkout
Dartmouth College Seeks New Director Hood Museum of Art
We seek a dynamic Director with a passion for college and university museum culture to maintain and develop an exciting scholarly exhibition and publications program, and to oversee acquisitions for the collection with the museum’s well-established endowments. Interested applicants please email a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Director of the Hood Museum of Art Search Committee
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Look for Penn Press Books

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Research fellowships on Buddhist art, Avalokiteshvara and visual culture. Application deadline: 15 January 2011.

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