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Early Registration Ends on Friday, December 16
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Early registration for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles ends on Friday, December 16, 2011. Please take advantage of these incredibly low rates: $160 for regular members and $95 for student and retired members. More

The GOLDEN ARTIST COLORS acrylic system is unique in the ways in which our colors and textures can be used in combination, to create exciting and often unexpected results that feed the imaginations of artists everywhere, leading to breakthroughs in art and supporting a process of continuous discovery.

Report from the Task Force on the Use of Human and Animal Subjects in Art
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The Task Force on the Use of Human and Animal Subjects in Art, established by the CAA Board of Directors in 2010, presents the results of its research, which include two appendices that offer recommendations for artists, curators, and other professionals in the visual arts. More

April Greiman Will Speak at the Annual Members' Business Meeting
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April Greiman, an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose work has explored the intersections of public art, technology, and graphic design, will speak at the Annual Members' Business Meeting, to be held on Friday, February 24, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More

Art Restoration: Hermitage Techniques

The Hermitage and its collections have survived a major siege, two world wars, and multiple economic crises. This summer, learn how a great museum manages it collections in good times and bad. Learn the unique techniques the museum uses for storing, preserving, and restoring art. Experience the grandeur of St. Petersburg.

December Picks from the Committee on Women in the Arts
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The CWA Picks for December include an exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art in South Carolina covering three hundred years of work by women artists and solo shows by Nan Goldin, Sarah Sze, and Sanja Iverković in New York. More

Recipients of CAA's Meiss and Wyeth Publications Grants
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CAA has awarded grants to the publishers of thirteen books in art history and visual culture through two programs: the Millard Meiss Publication Fund and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant. More

Finalists for the 2012 Morey and Barr Awards
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CAA has announced the 2012 finalists for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum publications. The winners of both prizes, along with the recipients of ten other Awards for Distinction, will be announced in January and presented during a special ceremony at the Annual Conference in Los Angeles. More

New Directories of Graduate Programs
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The first phase of the new editions of Graduate Programs in Art History and Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts allows users to search by specific criteria or by institution name, and to select and download program entries as PDF files. Print and ebook options for the directories are coming soon. More

Join the 2012 Nominating Committee
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CAA invites you to help shape the future of the organization by serving on the 2012 Nominating Committee. Each year, this committee nominates and interviews potential candidates for the CAA Board of Directors and selects the final slate for the membership's vote. More

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Contribute to the Publications Fund
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The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and have provided important platforms for the open discussion and publication of scholarly, theoretical, and practical issues in the arts. With the Centennial year in mind, CAA hopes that you will support the journals with a generous gift to the Publications Fund. More

Give a Gift Membership or Conference Registration
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Support a friend or colleague while contributing to CAA's invaluable work this holiday season by purchasing a gift membership or conference registration, or by making a year-end, tax-deductible gift. More

See what's happening at RAP

Please visit the Research and Academic Program's website to find out about upcoming scholarly events and activities, access archives of past activities, and get information about the fellowship program at the Clark.

Practice Your Interviewing Technique at the Conference
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Students and emerging professionals have the opportunity to sign up for a twenty-minute practice interview with a professional in the visual arts at the Los Angeles conference. Organized by the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee, the 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. More

CAA Seeks Interviewers for the Mock Interview Sessions
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The Student and Emerging Professionals Committee seeks established professionals to volunteer as practice interviewers at the 2012 Annual Conference. In the Mock Interview Sessions, interviewers pose as a prospective employer, speaking with individuals in a scenario similar to the Interview Hall at the conference. More

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.

Career Services Guide Published
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The Career Services Guide, available as a PDF, will help you navigate Career Services events at the conference. It will also provide answers to frequently asked questions. Study this guide carefully so that you will know what to expect from conference interviewing and how best to prepare for a successful experience. More

ARTexchange Deadline Extended to January 6, 2012
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The Services to Artists Committee has extended the deadline for participation in ARTexchange, an annual event showcasing the art of CAA members, who can exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table. More

Art and Science

Knowledge ǀ Replication: Early Modern Sciences in Print, an international symposium January 20, 2012, at Northwestern University’s Block Museum, explores the role of artists in scientific investigation. With scholars from Northwestern, University of Chicago, Harvard, USC, and more. MORE

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.

Association of Art Historians
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AAH has initiated a new project, Voices in Art History, which explores the history of its organization through a series of audio interviews conducted with art historians involved during its early days. More

Italian Art Society
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IAS seeks papers by January 4, 2012, for the third annual IAS-Kress Lecture Series, taking place in Venice, Italy, in late May or early June 2012. More

The MFA in Art offered by the Meadows School of the Arts/SMU gives graduate students the time, resources and support necessary to make great art. MORE

Society of Architectural Historians
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HASTAC recently published an article, "Learned Society 2.0," by Dianne Harris, SAH president, that explores fundamental changes that resulted from Mellon Foundation funding to develop two online academic resources: JSAH Online and SAHARA. More

Society of North American Goldsmiths
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The forty-first annual conference of SNAG, titled "The Heat is On!" will be held May 23–26, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration will open on January 17, 2012. More

Southeastern College Arts Conference
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SECAC seeks proposals of sessions for its sixty-eighth annual meeting, to be held October 18-20, 2012, hosted by Meredith College in Durham, North Carolina. Deadline: January 1, 2012. More

Statement on Free Speech and Student Protests
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As educators, as scholars, and as citizens we have watched with horror these past weeks as University of California students, peaceably assembled in constitutionally protected protest, have been met with pepper spray and police batons. As educators, we insist that the university must remain a place where ideas are freely expressed and openly exchanged. More

The Arts of Occupation
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On the November 17 Day of Action, the façade of the Verizon building in New York, a banal grey monolith looming over the Brooklyn Bridge, was transformed into a monumental screen onto which Occupy Wall Street slogans were projected. The N17 projection is perhaps the most photogenic example so far of the ways in which artists affiliated with OWS have transformed and contested urban space in architectural, visual, and symbolic terms. As the movement enters its post-Zuccotti phase, now is a good time to assess the range of methods, styles, and tactics adopted by its artists, as well as to probe some of the tensions surrounding the very category of art itself relative to what might be called the "spatial politics" of OWS. More

Lecture Series at Michigan State University
The Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University is pleased to announce our 2011 – 2012 Guest Lecture Series participants. Held annually, the series invites twenty artists, scholars, and critics to campus. Associated programming includes: panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and studio visits with graduate & undergraduate students.  more

Art as Occupation: Claims for an Autonomy of Life
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Lets start with a simple proposition: what used to be work has increasingly been turned into occupation. This change in terminology may look trivial. In fact, almost everything changes on the way from work to occupation. If we think of work as labor, it implies a beginning, a producer, and eventually a result. Work is primarily seen as a means to an end: a product, a reward, or a wage. It is an instrumental relation. An occupation is the opposite. An occupation keeps people busy instead of giving them paid labor. More

The Law vs. Scholarship
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The news that a leading scholar felt constrained by legal advice from giving a full opinion on a group of drawings attributed to Francis Bacon highlights a growing fear among experts that they might be sued for giving their opinion. On the advice of lawyers, Martin Harrison, who has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and is the editor of the Bacon catalogue raisonné, will only go as far as saying that these drawings, which some suspect are fakes, are "unlike any authenticated works." 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 Research Bust
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In my hand I have a hefty article on a canonical English poet, published ten years ago in a distinguished journal. It runs for twenty-one pages and has thirty-one footnotes, with extensive references to philosophy and art. The article is learned, wide ranging, and conversant with scholarship on the poet and theoretical currents in literary studies. The argument is dense, the analysis acute, on its face a worthy illustration of academic study deserving broad notice and integration into subsequent research in the field. That reception doesn't seem to have happened. More

A Detective's Work at the Museum of Fine Arts
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This spring in the Netherlands, a curator from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston spotted a seventeenth-century gold medallion at the famed Maastricht Art Fair and knew she had to have it. There was just one problem: nobody could tell her how the precious piece left Germany after World War II. Enter Victoria Reed, the museum's curator of provenance. Her job, which is almost as rare in the museum world as is the medallion, is to research works with questionable histories both in the collection and on the museum's shopping list. As a result, Reed's other job is to break curators' hearts. More

Re-envisioning Asian American Art!

Join the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University for the NEH Summer Institute “Re-envisioning American Art History: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching”
Apply now!'s "Genome" Predicts What Paintings You Will Like
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On a balmy summer day in Manhattan, the founder of a web startup called was about to experience what one might call an Alexander Graham Bell moment. The firm's twenty-five-year-old CEO, Carter Cleveland, was sitting on a sofa with his MacBook, scrolling through photos of fine art, when his lanky head of engineering walked in looking positively wobbly with excitement. "This is actually quite cool," he said, landing on the sofa next to his boss. The engineer, Daniel Doubrovkine, produced a phone and pointed its camera at Cleveland's computer screen, which at that moment showed an image from Andy Warhol's Flowers series. More

Biting the Hand That Feeds Them
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In a genre commonly known as institutional critique, artists for decades have used their work to lay bare the power structures of the art world or to expose its conventions. Many contemporary artists continue to make work that subverts the nature of institutional spaces. For example, Michael Asher's piece for the 2010 Whitney Biennial consisted of keeping the museum open for seventy-two hours straight. But a growing number of artists are creating works that hold up a mirror to a larger art universe: tweaking the powerful, documenting inequity, and reveling in the foibles of the culture. More

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