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January Picks from the Committee on Women in the Arts
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The CWA Picks for January include a documentary film on the feminist art movement at Sundance in Salt Lake City, Utah, and three solo exhibitions of contemporary art by Islamic women artists in Oakland, California. More

Friday, February 11 from 12:30 PM- 2:00PM in the Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Hilton New York

M. Dominique Sennelier, the grandson of the founder of La Maison Sennelier, will be talking about the history of this famous shop in Paris where the Impressionists bought their paints. He will be sharing fascinating anecdotes from his family history and will also have some special treats!

William Tabler and the New York Hilton
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In this brief article originally published in CAA's 2007 conference blog, Benjamin Lima looks into William Tabler, an architect and the designer of the Hilton New York, where CAA regularly holds its Annual Conference. More

Sale on CAA's Directories of Graduate Programs in the Arts
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CAA's two Directories of Graduate Programs in the Arts, covering MA, MFA, and PhD programs in art and art history in North America and worldwide, are now on sale: $16 for CAA members and $20 for nonmembers. More

Florida's American Heritage River:
Images from the St. Johns Region

The St. Johns River watershed covers an area nearly the size of New Hampshire. This volume presents a remarkable collection of paintings, sketches, sculptures, photographs, and material culture from the region.

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

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

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.

Advance Registration Closes on Friday, January 21
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Register for the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff by Friday, January 21 to receive a special discounted rate: $225 for regular CAA members, $130 for student and retired members, and $350 for nonmembers. Rates increase onsite at the Hilton New York. More

Sheraton and Park Central Extend Hotel Reservation Deadline
to January 23

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The Sheraton New York and Park Central, two official conference hotels, have extended their reservation deadline to Sunday, January 23. The Sheraton is offering free Wi-Fi in rooms for conference attendees, and the Park Central has reduced rates for students. 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

Centennial Reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting the CAA Centennial Reception, taking place on Thursday evening, February 10, following the 2011 Awards for Distinction ceremony. Buy your tickets online by Friday, January 21 or get them onsite in the Registration area at the Hilton New York (tickets not available at the museum). More

Career Services Guide for Job Seekers and Employers
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The four-page Career Services Guide, available for download as a PDF, is designed to inform job seekers and employers about Career Services events at the conference and to provide answers to frequently asked questions. More


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]

Last Chance to Sign Up for Professional-Development Workshops
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Friday, January 21 is the deadline to register for CAA's professional-development workshops at the conference. Topics include "Staying on Track with the Tenure Track," "Advice for New Instructors," and "Living Your Way: Planning for Retirement." More

Sessions from CAA's Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees
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Every year, CAA's nine Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees present conference sessions on topics related to their activities. Click on a committee name to read about its session—and also to learn more about each group's work. More publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

Books Reviews
Peter Murray, ed., Daniel Maclise, 1806–1870: Romancing the Past. Reviewed by Daniel R. Guernsey. OPEN CONTENT

Patricia G. Berman, In Another Light: Danish Painting in the Nineteenth Century. Reviewed by Lise Kjaer.

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.

Exhibition Reviews
Hammer Museum, Eva Hesse Spectres 1960. Reviewed by S. Elise Archias.

Museum of Modern Art, Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present. Reviewed by Janet Kraynak.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Picasso Looks at Degas. Reviewed by Jonathan P. Ribner.

Whitewashing the Art World: What's Behind the Climate of Censorship
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The art world has a reputation as free thinking and tolerant, if not overly so. But in recent weeks, there have been several instances, far more than usual, of alleged censorship involving some of the bigger names in the field. What's going on? More

The Growth of For-Profits
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A new iteration of "Carnegie Classifications" has arrived—reflecting many of the ways higher education is changing. Of the 483 institutions classified for the first time, 77 percent are for-profit institutions, compared to only 4 percent that are public and 19 percent that are independent nonprofit institutions. Other changes in the classifications reflect the growth of preprofessional and career-oriented programs in all sectors of higher education and an increase in the number of community colleges offering four-year degrees. The classifications suggest shrinkage for liberal arts-focused institutions. 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

Judge Drops Claims in Obama "HOPE" artist vs. AP
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A judge has dismissed copyright lawsuits between an artist who created the Barack Obama "HOPE" image and the Associated Press but has left a March trial date in place for related claims between the news service and companies that sold merchandise using the artist's image. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in a one-page order that a "suggestion of settlement" led him to dismiss claims between artist Shepard Fairey and the AP. More

Museum of Modern Art to Display Controversial Video
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A controversial video artwork that was withdrawn from an exhibition following complaints by a Catholic group and Republican members of Congress will now go on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Announcing the acquisition of A Fire in My Belly, the museum said that the American artist David Wojnarowicz, who died in 1992, was "one of the most influential artists to have emerged from New York in the 1980s." More

Graffiti Brawl: Kenny Scharf Fights Back after His Houston Street Mural Is Defaced    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Under cover of New York's holiday season blizzard, a crew of graffiti writers carried out a rude sneak attack on a godfather of their own scene when they bombed a spray-painted outdoor mural by Kenny Scharf — a street artist who had prowled the East Village in the 1980s — on the busy corner of East Houston and the Bowery. The aggressive fill-ins — slang for when a graffiti writer sprays a layer of paint on top of an existing work and then executes a new design there — occurred at a site that has been a piece of downtown art history ever since the late Keith Haring created an unauthorized mural there in 1982. More

Academically Adrift
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If the purpose of a college education is for students to learn, academe is failing, according to Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a new book from the University of Chicago Press. The book cites data from student surveys and transcript analysis to show that many college students have minimal classwork expectations — and then it tracks the academic gains (or stagnation) of 2,300 students of traditional college age enrolled at a range of four-year colleges and universities. The results are not encouraging. 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.

The Sleeping Giant of Philanthropy
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Significant philanthropy — in the art world as elsewhere — typically happens posthumously, through foundations. A large proportion of the starting assets for such "artist-endowed foundations" takes the form of works of art, archives, and ephemera from an artist's estate. These assets are deployed through donations, licensing, and copyright fees, as well as sales on the art market to perpetuate the artist's creative legacy, and in some cases, to raise funds for grant-making programs. More

Drawings in a Museum, Using Bodies
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"I can no longer go along with being the token Minimalist dancing girl." So declared Yvonne Rainer in Carrie Lambert's 2004 essay "More or Less Minimalism." I thought of these words several weeks ago while first walking through the Museum of Modern Art survey On Line: Drawing through the Twentieth Century: there was video of Rainer's Trio A, trotted out next to Trisha Brown's Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, two seminal old faithfuls that have served the visual art world well as it has pursued its relentless cooptation of dance. More

Vasari at 500
2011 marks the 500th 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
The Barnesville Easel™
The Barnesville Easel™ Line of Easels and Art Furniture is built to withstand the daily rigors of art schools, colleges, and universities. Designed by professionals, constantly updated and improved, these products are setting the standards in studios across the country. Since 1996, over one hundred institutions have purchased our products. More info

Look for Penn Press Books

Discover Penn Press books in art history, architecture & landscape design, and studio arts.


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

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