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Meet the Candidates for the 2011-15 Board of Directors Election
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The CAA Nominating Committee has selected a slate of six candidates for election to the Board of Directors for the 2011-15 term. Voting begins on December 15, 2010. Please read the candidates' statements and biographies and watch their video presentations. More

CAA Deplores Pressure to Remove Artwork at the National Portrait Gallery
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The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has written and released a statement responding to last week's removal of an artwork by David Wojnarowicz from display in an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. More

Applications for the Kress Summer Fellowship in Museum Education will be accepted until December 16, 2010. For more information, see our website.

Statements on the National Portrait Gallery from Other Organizations
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Read official statements on the National Portrait Gallery debacle from the Association of Art Museum Directors, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Association of Art Museum Curators, PPOW Gallery, and more. More

Member Discount on The Eye, the Hand, the Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association
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Members receive a special 30 percent discount through December 10 when preordering The Eye, the Hand, the Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association, the forthcoming 328-page hardcover book on the history of CAA edited by Susan Ball. 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

Renew Your Membership before a Dues Increase on January 1
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From now until the end of 2010, CAA members may renew their annual memberships at the current rate before a modest dues increase takes effect on January 1, 2011. More Requests Dissertation Titles for Annual List
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Through January 15, CAA is accepting titles of dissertations, both completed and in progress, from schools and departments for the 2011 list, to be published in More

Full Details on Conference Sessions Published
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The names of all speakers, their institutional affiliations, and their paper titles have been published on the conference website. Days and times for all sessions are also posted. More

Early Registration Deadline Is Friday, December 10
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Register by December 10 to receive the best rate for the 2011 Annual Conference. Individual members pay $155 for four days of sessions, programs, and events, and student and retired members attend for only $90. The nonmember rate is $280, but it's a better deal if you get a yearlong membership and then conference registration. 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 ARTexchange
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The Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the Annual Conference in New York. The committee has been accepting artists on a first-come, first-served basis since September, and will keep a waiting list in case of cancellations. More

Receive Career Advice in CAA's Conference Mentoring Program
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The Artists' Portfolio Review and Career Development Mentoring offer free guidance to help further your career in the visual arts. Sign up now to reserve your spot in the two-day event. More

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.

Art Libraries Society of North America
The Art Libraries Society of North America and the Visual Resources Association are preparing an updated version of their joint document, "Criteria for the Hiring and Retention of Visual Resources Professionals."

Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey
The Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey is presenting its first conference, "Modern Arab Art: Objects, Histories, and Methodologies," in Doha, Qatar, December 14-17, 2010.

Art Education: Theory. Practice. Context.

VCFA's low residency MFA in Visual Art offers a progressive, adventurous, and collaborative program to those looking to be part of the conversation.

Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History
The Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History, in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, will present a symposium, "Artistic Manifestations in Architecture," at the Whistler House Museum of Art on December 11, 2010.

Italian Art Society
The Italian Art Society invites proposals for the 2011 Italian Art Society–Kress Foundation Lecture in Italy. Sponsored by IAS with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the series seeks to promote intellectual exchanges between art historians of North America and the international community of scholars living or working in Italy.

Society of Architectural Historians
The Society of Architectural Historians will hold its sixty-fourth annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 13-17, 2011. The event will focus on new research in the history of architecture, landscapes, and urbanism in 150 papers delivered by historians, preservationists, and architects from around the world.

'Hide/Seek' (and Remove)
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Jonathan D. Katz's career as an art historian can be framed by controversies over federal support for art that offends some people—and specifically about art dealing with gay people. He was working on his dissertation, "Opposition, Incorporated: On the Homosexualization of Post-War American Art," when in 1989 the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington, called off an exhibit of sexually explicit work by Robert Mapplethorpe, amid calls from many conservative lawmakers to punish the NEA for awarding a grant to the show. Since then, no major American art museum has attempted a show focused on gay sexuality—until one that just opened, cocurated by Katz. More

My Jerry Saltz Problem
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Once upon a time in the land of print journalism, the publication of an article was the end of the story. Now it is just the beginning. Print writers who want a readership must devote time to rebroadcasting their content. One critic, however, has sought to make new media the message. In 2006, Jerry Saltz was tapped to become the senior art critic for New York magazine. Here he could have simply carried on his 600-word-a-week trade and left it at that. Instead he decided to turn everything surrounding his print work from a peripheral conversation into the main event, and in so doing became a new-media hit. But is it good for art and criticism? More

Why Free Online Lectures Will Destroy Universities—Unless They Get Their Act Together Fast
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Across the country, university students sit in lectures every day, listening to someone speak for an hour in crowded theatres. Most are daydreaming, checking Facebook, surfing the web, texting, and tweeting; if they're particularly motivated or the lecture is unusually good, some might actually be paying attention. At the same time, millions of learners around the world are watching world-class lectures online about every subject imaginable, supplied by Harvard, MIT, and the Open University. One group gets its education for free, and the other pays thousands of pounds per year. It's a situation that can't continue, and unless universities face up to the internet's fierce competition they won't have any future. More

What Do We Want Copyright to Do?
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A recurring question in discussions of digital copyright is how creators and their investors (labels, movie studios, publishers) will earn a living in the digital era. But though I've had that question posed to me thousands of times, no one has ever said which creators and which investors are to earn a living, and what constitutes "a living." Copyright is in tremendous flux at the moment; governments all over the world are considering what their copyright systems should look like in the twenty-first century, and it's probably a good idea to nail down what we want copyright to do. Otherwise the question "Is copyright working?" becomes as meaningless as "How long is a piece of string?" 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.

Time to Lose Control
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With few exceptions, museums came late to the digital party. Until quite recently, most have used their websites as extended online brochures, limited to practical information and collection highlights. Digitizing and sharing the breadth of a museum's collection is a costly, time-consuming, and complicated endeavor (especially for contemporary art, where copyright restrictions are in effect). As for videos, apps, social media, and all things wiki—such bells and whistles have only just started popping up on museum sites. More

Fisk University to Appeal Ruling over Possible Art Sale
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The saga of Fisk University's art collection goes on. The university announced that it will appeal the most recent court ruling on the case—a ruling that would have allowed the school to sell a half-share in its valuable art but block the school from collecting the bulk of the sale revenue. Last month, a Davidson County Chancery Court ruling gave Fisk permission to sell a stake in the Stieglitz art collection to an Arkansas museum, but only on the condition that $20 million of the $30 million sale price be set aside in a fund for the care and maintenance of the art. Fisk President Hazel O'Leary called the restriction unacceptable. More

Museum Sells Pieces of Its Past, Reviving a Debate
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A galloping horse weather vane sold for about $20,000, and the cigar store Indians brought in more than $1 million. A Thomas Sully oil painting of Andrew Jackson netted $80,500, and a still life by Raphaelle Peale, part of the family that put portraiture in this city on the map, was auctioned at Christie's for $842,500. These were just a few of more than 2,000 items quietly sold by the Philadelphia History Museum over the last several years, all part of an effort to cull its collection of 100,000 artifacts and raise money for a $5.8 million renovation of its 1826 building. More

What Makes Grad Students Happy
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Over the years, many campuses have improved services for students—from dining to advising to health care. But even though graduate students have benefited from some of those changes, they aren't necessarily happier than in the past. Researchers presented that finding at the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, imploring colleges to do more for graduate students outside the classroom. Several institutions in recent years have conducted quality of life surveys among their graduate students, but many in a room full of college officials said here that they are struggling to figure out what to do with the findings. More
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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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The Flying Trapeze Press presents:

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

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