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As 2011 comes to a close, the College Art Association wishes a safe and happy holiday season to its members, partners, and other professionals in the visual arts. As we reflect on the past year, we want to provide you with a look at the most accessed articles of 2011. Regular publication will resume next Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Negotiate Like a Professor
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March 16, 2011 issue: For many academics, their first full-time teaching position is, in fact, their first significant employment of any sort. My own illustrious record of employment—besides teaching assistant and adjunct—before accepting a tenure-track teaching position consisted of babysitter, newspaper boy, and summer camp counselor. Since many other academics may have similar work histories, they will no doubt be caught unawares when negotiating their first full-time position. In light of some of my own blunders when it came to negotiation time, I thought it would be helpful to those currently on the job market to offer the following rules for negotiating like a pro. More

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Google Announces Collaboration with Israeli Museum to Create Online Holocaust Archive
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February 2, 2011 issue: Google and Yad Vashem, an Israeli museum established in the 1950s to preserve the memory of Holocaust victims, announced a collaboration to create a publicly available online archive of Holocaust documents from around the world. The first stage of the project has already been completed, with 130,000 photographs uploaded and viewable at full resolution on Yad Vashem's website. More

Overeducated, Underemployed: How to Fix Humanities Grad School
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August 3, 2011 issue: The journalist and writer Anya Kamenetz once said that graduate students are "really smart suckers," and I—as a PhD who teaches at a liberal-arts college—couldn't agree more. It's my view that higher education in the humanities exists mainly to provide cheap, inexperienced teachers for undergraduates so that a shrinking percentage of tenured faculty members can meet an ever-escalating demand for specialized research. Most programs are unconcerned about what happens to students after they graduate, and it's not pretty. More

Create Art at the Hermitage

Daily classes in the Hermitage's studio space and around the city focus on developing sketchbooks based on St. Petersburg's superb artistic and architectural artifacts. Learn traditional print techniques and practice traditional folk wood-painting. The studio course culminates with a final showing of the works created at the Hermitage Youth Center.

Intellectual Development vs. Jobs?
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August 31, 2011 issue: Spurred by a "Why are you in college?" discussion I held with my Penn State composition students one day late last semester when rumors swirled of potential state education funding cuts and tuition hikes, an enthusiastic freshman majoring in journalism and English came to my office to "talk about her future." She's a good writer, works hard, and speaks up a few times per class. She got right to the point: "Can I get a job with an English degree?" More

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It's a Dissertation, Not a Book
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August 3, 2011 issue: Here's a lesson for graduate students that I had to learn the hard way: a dissertation is a book-length project, but it's not a book that is just awaiting cover art. It's true that your dissertation showcases your original contribution to a particular field. That's an important (and honorable) accomplishment. But not all original contributions take the form of books, even if some pieces of your contribution will one day become a book. More

Previously Unknown Painting by Caravaggio Discovered in Britain
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June 22, 2011 issue: A previously unknown painting by Caravaggio has been discovered in a private collection in Britain, according to experts. The work shows Saint Augustine poring over his books at a desk and has been dated to around 1600, when the artist would have been 28. The oil on canvas piece was unattributed until it was restored and showed Caravaggio's characteristics. More

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"My monkey could have painted that." Really?
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March 9, 2011 issue: People occasionally look at paint splattered on a canvas in a gallery and say, "My child could have painted that." Or, among eccentric pet-owners, "My monkey could have painted that." How much better is abstract art than work by kids and monkeys? New research reveals the answer. More

National Gallery Visitor Attacks "Evil" Gauguin Painting
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April 6, 2011 issue: A painting at the Gauguin exhibit at the National Gallery of Art was attacked by a gallery visitor, a rare and unusual incident that provoked considerable commotion, according to other museum visitors and gallery officials. Screaming "This is evil," a woman tried to pull Gauguin's Two Tahitian Women from a gallery wall and banged on the picture's clear plastic covering, said Pamela Degotardi of New York, who was there. "She was really pounding it with her fists." More

Visual Culture and British India

An issue devoted to the cross-section of approaches to visual culture in, of and after British India. Free access to the Guest Editor’s introduction! MORE

Independent Scholars: A Nomadic Lot
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February 23, 2011 issue: In 1992, I quit my teaching job at the University of Arkansas, put everything into storage, cashed in my life savings—a stupendous $10,000—and moved to Rome to begin the first phase of research for a project that has become my life's work. My money ran out nine months later, but by then the project had begun to take on a life of its own, and I had become an independent scholar. 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

Getting Published: What Academics Need to Know
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May 4, 2011 issue: At heart, I'm a digital researcher, often overly evangelical about the benefits of freely sharing information online. In my head, however, I recognize that publishing books remains an integral part of academia. After my PhD, I realized I'd need to discover how on earth I might get a book published in an increasingly competitive market—not to mention find a way of reconciling these, the yin and yang of my academic being. I wasn't alone in exhibiting this apparently split-academic-personality disorder. Much of academia has been in conflict since the arrival of the web. 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.

Dissertation Limits
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September 14, 2011 issue: One of the most deeply entrenched myths of the academic enterprise is that the dissertation is the sine qua non of scholarly achievement and the ultimate proof of the value of a young scholar. Graduate students spend years slaving over its minutiae and struggling over fine distinctions in citations, argumentations, organization, and shades of meaning. The dissertation looms over their lives, spreading a pervasive cloud of inadequacy, anxiety, and fear, and its completion offers the shining vision of legitimacy and validation. 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

Job Seeking in the United States: Applications Advice for Academics
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October 26, 2011 issue: Like many people, I'm watching jobs evaporate right before my very eyes, so while completing a postdoc in the United States, I thought it wise to keep track of the academic job opportunities here—it is the alleged land of plenty, after all. 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 Attacker Slams Matisse at the National Gallery of Art
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August 17, 2011 issue: In her second alleged attack on a world-famous piece of art in the past four months, Susan Burns was arrested for attempting to rip a $2.5 million Henri Matisse oil painting off the wall of the National Gallery of Art and slamming the frame three times against the wall. Her recent past includes a highly publicized arrest on April 1 for allegedly trying to remove an $80 million Paul Gauguin painting from the wall at the same museum. 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 Value of Self-Promotion
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July 20, 2011 issue: One of the biggest myths of academia is that you only have to be smart enough and have good ideas to succeed. Nothing could be further from the truth. For better or worse, the marketization of academia and the persistence of "old boys' clubs" in universities around the world means that who you know is just as important as what you know. We believe that it is a cruel disservice to graduate students for advisers not to prepare them for the realities of academia, no matter how much they might wish things were otherwise. When you do finally get something published, one of the most important things that you can do is send offprints of the article or copies of the book to the senior colleagues in your field. More

Re-envisioning Asian American Art!

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Abject Professors: With Low Pay and Even Lower Collegiate Expectations, Part-Time Instructors Face a Full-Time Problem
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May 18, 2011 issue: Sam Hollister commutes between all three College of Southern Nevada campuses to teach three undergraduate courses in one day. He will drive an average of sixty miles and spend $120 on gasoline for the week. He has a master's degree in sociology, and his take-home pay for the entire semester will be $7,200—about $1,440 a month. For Hollister, it's anyone's guess if next semester he'll even have the three courses he teaches now. More

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