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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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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-student members to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Please donate now and share this link with your friends and colleagues. More

October 6 Workshop for Artists in Portland, Oregon
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Registration remains open for CAA's next National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists, taking place on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. The event will focus on the four steps of the creative endeavor: seeking, solving, making, and reflecting. More

Recent Deaths in the Arts
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In its regular roundup of obituaries, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts. August and September were marked by the loss of the art historian Natalie Boymel Kampen, the Magnum photographer Martine Franck, and the young Egyptian artist Amal Kenawy. More

Clark Fellowships 2012-2013

The Clark offers fellowships for scholars, critics, and curators working in the theory, history, and interpretation of the visual arts. Application deadline: November 1

New at Art Journal: Producing Your Own Work
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How does a young artist get her work before the public? Earlier this year, Young Jean Lee organized a panel of women theater-makers to address the question in a discussion at the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. To learn how six creators have faced the challenge, and to see the video, please visit the Art Journal website. More

October 1 Deadline for MFA and PhD Fellowships
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The deadline for fellowships for the 2013 Professional-Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History is Monday, October 1, 2012. Applicants must be CAA members, enrolled in a MFA or PhD program, and graduating in calendar year 2013. More

Fall Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grants
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Twice a year CAA offers publishing grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund that support new books in art history, visual studies, and related subjects. If you have a book in the works or know someone who does, please review the application guidelines and materials for the fall 2012 grant cycle. Applicants must be CAA members. Deadline: October 1, 2012. More

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Wyeth Publication Grants for Books on American Art
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Thanks to generous funding from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, CAA awards publication grants to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art and related subjects. For purposes of this program, "American art" is defined as art created in the United States, Canada, and Mexico prior to 1970. Authors must be CAA members. Deadline: October 1, 2012. More

Mentors Needed for Career Services at the Conference
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For the 2013 Annual Conference in New York, 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 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

CASVA Fellowships 2013-2014

CASVA fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture. Application deadlines: September 21 and October 15. MORE

Projectionists and Room Monitors Needed
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Working as a projectionist or room monitor at the 2013 Annual Conference in New York 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

Show Your Art at the 2013 Annual Conference
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CAA's Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Free and open to the public, ARTexchange will be held on Friday, February 15, 5:30–7:30 PM, in a central location at the Hilton hotel. Deadline: December 14, 2012. More publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Degas and the Nude (October 9, 2011–February 5, 2012). Reviewed by Jonathan P. Ribner.

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

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Maurice Berger, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010); Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). Reviewed by Kimberly Juanita Brown.

Iftikhar Dadi, Modernism and the Art of Muslim South Asia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Reviewed by Karin Zitzewitz. OPEN CONTENT

Cathleen A. Fleck, The Clement Bible at the Medieval Courts of Naples and Avignon: A Story of Papal Power, Royal Prestige, and Patronage (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010). Reviewed by Rebecca W. Corrie.

John Shannon Hendrix and Charles H. Carman, eds., Renaissance Theories of Vision (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010). Reviewed by Fredrika H. Jacobs.

Self-Defining What You Can Do with Your MFA in Fine Art
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After hearing a pattern of complaints from both recent graduates and current candidates about what one can do with an MFA in fine art, I decided to become a part of the answer to the question "What can I do with my MFA?" I began working on this as a blog post, but it has turned into much more. The purpose of this information is to activate awareness, creative solutions, and a change of consciousness about what one can do with the seemingly elusive terminal degree. 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

NEA Presents a New System Map to Guide Research Agenda over the Next Five Years
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How do you measure how art works—on people, on communities, or on society? It's a broad question, and the NEA offers an ambitious plan to "map" the arts to better understand and measure this complex, dynamic system. The NEA shares a new report, How Art Works, which describes the agency's five-year research agenda, framed and informed by a groundbreaking "system map" and measurement model. More

UK's Artist Resale Royalty Law Didn't Damage the Art Market (despite All the Claims)
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Wasn't the sky supposed to fall? The United Kingdom’s six year-old artist resale royalty law, which requires that a percentage of the profit of a secondary-market sale of art to be paid to the creative artist or, since the law was expanded in the beginning of this year, to a deceased artist’s estate, was supposed to have a "corrosive effect" on the British art market, according to Anthony Browne, executive director of the British Art Market Federation. Worries about the law's effect, however, have struck many in the trade as theoretical rather than actual. More


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:

Position Statement from the Graduate Student Advocacy Committee
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In the contemporary climate of escalating professional and market demands combined with the increasing instability of universities, museums, and the economy, what is the role of a Graduate Student Advocacy Committee? As universities seek to make the PhD more efficient and profitable by "nudg[ing] students out the door" more quickly, graduate work is ever subject to new measures of efficiency, and graduate students are under increasing pressure to tailor their first scholarly projects to the ends of job and publishing markets we are told will be bleak, competitive, and volatile. We have all become accustomed to living, working within, and preparing for what Louis Menand has called an academic "'culture of realism,' in which exogenous constraints are internalized, and the very conditions that make doctoral education problematic are turned into elements of that education." More

Frank Lloyd Wright Archive to Join Collections of Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art
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The Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that the architect's vast archives have been jointly acquired by the university and the museum to become part of their permanent collections. The archives include some 23,000 architectural drawings, 44,000 historical photographs, large-scale presentation models, manuscripts, extensive correspondence, and other documents. Joint stewardship and preservation of the archives will provide new impetus for publications, exhibitions, and public programs on Wright's work, allowing it to be displayed in the context of other great twentieth-century modernists. It will also maximize the visibility and research value of the collection for generations of scholars, students, and the public. 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. LEARN MORE

Color Change in van Gogh Painting Explained
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Parts of Vincent van Gogh's painting Flowers in a Blue Vase (1887) have mysteriously changed color over time, and now scientists have figured out why: a chemical reaction between the paint and a protective varnish supposedly applied to the painting after the artist's death in 1890 turned his bright yellow flowers an orange-gray color. The chemical degradation occurred right at the interface between the paint and the varnish, the researchers added. More

Modernism in Architecture: No Exit?
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With so many factors reinforcing architectural modernism—its ability to be flexible, its responsiveness to technology, and the lure of the new—it is hard to imagine a new style that will replace it. Is modernism the last style? Modern architecture's gleaming glass and steel towers are pervasive in our cities and have been for almost a century. Will it persist, or is it simply another in a long list of styles tracing back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, fated to be replaced by the next hot thing? More

Top Ten Tips for Art Gallery Hopping
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The largest art weekend of the year in Chicago is upon us. Many galleries in the city synchronize their schedules to kickoff the fall at the same time: Friday, September 21. The Huffington Post provides ten tips to help you get the most from your gallery-hopping experience. More


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