Directory of Affiliated Societies
CAA publishes an online Directory of Affiliated Societies that includes each society’s name, date of founding, size of membership, and annual dues, as well as a statement on the society’s nature or purpose and the name(s) of the contact person(s). Links to websites are published where appropriate.
AIGA | the professional association for design
Annual dues: $295 professional; $210 associate; $110 full-time educator; $75 student
Purpose: AIGA is the professional association for design and a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool, and vital cultural force. With sixty-six chapters and two hundred student groups across the United States, AIGA stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates its value, and empowers the success of designers at every stage of their careers.
Contact: Executive director: Richard Grefé, AIGA, 164 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010; 212-807-1990.
American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA)
Annual dues: $40 regular; $15 student/unemployed; $50 institutional; $60 contributing; $100 sustaining
Purpose: ACSAA promotes the understanding of the arts of all countries in Southern Asia (including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia, and the Himalayan region. The group publishes an annual bulletin and holds a major symposium every two years.
Contact: President: Stephen Markel, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Vice president: Deepali Dewan, Royal Ontario Museum. Treasurer: Deborah Hutton, College of New Jersey. Board: Molly Emma Aitken, City College of New York, City University of New York; John Cort, Denison University; and Lisa Owen, University of North Texas. Webmaster: Cathleen Cummings, University of Alabama, Birmingham. Bulletin editor: Melody Rodari, Norton Simon Museum. Secretary: Catherine Becker, University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Art History, M/C 201, 935 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607.
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
Annual dues: $138 associate; $65 student/retired; $208 institutional
Purpose: AIC advances the practice and promotes the importance of preservation of cultural property through publications, research, and the exchange of knowledge, as well as by establishing and upholding professional standards. The organization holds an annual conference and publishes a bimonthly newsletter, a scholarly journal, an annual membership directory, and other specialty and online publications.
Contact: Executive director: Eryl P. Wentworth, 1156 15th Street NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20005; 202-661-8060; fax: 202-452-9545. AIC liaison to CAA: Rebecca Rushfield.
American Print Alliance
Membership: 17 councils in the US and Canada, representing 6,000 artists
Annual dues: $100
Subscriptions to Contemporary Impressions: $39 regular; $32 council members; $19 students; $56 institutions
Purpose: The American Print Alliance advances and promotes print, paper, and book arts by publishing critical literature, organizing exhibitions, collecting resource information, and encouraging professional practices. The alliance publishes the journal Contemporary Impressions twice a year, with one commissioned work for subscribers, and the Guide to Print Workshops. It also sponsors traveling exhibitions and provides competition information, technical articles, online exhibitions and a gallery, a directory of print study rooms, and much more.
Contact: Director: Carol Pulin, 302 Larkspur Turn, Peachtree City, GA 30269.
American Society for Aesthetics (ASA)
Annual dues: $70 regular; $35 student; $56 emeritus/retired (additional charges for overseas memberships to cover postage)
Purpose: As an association for aesthetics, criticism, and theory of the arts, ASA promotes study, research, discussion, and publication in aesthetics and publishes the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
Contact: Secretary/treasurer: Dabney Townsend, American Society for Aesthetics, Armstrong Atlantic State University, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419; 912-961-3189; fax: 912-961-1395.
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
Annual dues: $50–75 individual; $30 student; $50 retired; $150 institutional
Purpose: ASECS encourages and advances study and research in the history of eighteenth-century culture in its broadest sense. The organization holds an annual conference; publishes a quarterly news circular, a quarterly journal, an annual volume of essays, and a biannual teaching pamphlet; cosponsors joint fellowships with major research libraries; provides travel research fellowships; and offers a number of awards to recognize outstanding scholarship in the field.
Contact: Executive director: Byron R. Wells, Wake Forest University, PO Box 7867, Winston-Salem, NC 27109; 336-727-4694; fax: 336-727-4697.
American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies (ASHAHS)
Annual dues: $36.50 individual; $46.50 sponsor/institution; $26.50 student/retired
Purpose: ASHAHS promotes the study of the visual cultures of Spain, Portugal, and their current and former territories through meetings, a newsletter, and scholarly means. The organization presents the annual Eleanor Tufts Award for an outstanding English-language publication and an annual photography grant to a graduate student writing a dissertation on an aspect of Spanish or Portuguese art.
Contact: President: Jeffrey Schrader, University of Colorado, Denver, Campus Box 177, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364.
Appraisers Association of America (AAA)
Annual dues: $275 application processing fee; $525 member and certified member; $100 friend; $75 student affiliate
Purpose: AAA develops and promotes standards of excellence in the field of appraising through education and the application of the highest form of professional practice, which results in enhancing the visibility and standing of appraisers within the communities in which they serve.
Contact: Appraisers Association of America, 386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10016; 212-889-5404, ext. 10; fax: 212-889-5503.
Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology (AHPT)
Annual dues: $15
Purpose: This national nonprofit society promotes the sharing of technological applications for teaching art history; fosters discussion and exploration of skill-based and student-centered approaches to learning; and advances broader understanding and evaluation of existing and emerging technologies for art history.
Contact: President: Marjorie Och, University of Mary Washington, Department of Art and Art History, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401; 540-654-2035. Secretary: Sarah Jarmer Scott, Wagner College, Art Department, Main Hall, Room 43C, 1 Campus Road, Staten Island, NY 10301; 718-420-4528.
Art Historians of Southern California (AHSC)
Annual dues: $50 lifetime membership
Purpose: Founded in 1959, AHSC brings together art historians from a variety of institutions (universities, colleges, community colleges, museums, and galleries) throughout California to engage in dialogue about the most current scholarship and professional practices in the field. AHSC participates in CAA Annual Conferences and hosts an annual symposium wherein art historians and scholars of visual studies and museum studies present their research for a diverse exchange of ideas and perspectives.
Contact: President: Deana Hight. Vice president of annual meetings and conferences: Sandra Esslinger. Vice president of administration and finance: Jennifer Smith. Outreach director: Michele McFaull. Member at large: Liliana Leopardi. Editor-in-chief of Shockwrite: Jeanne S. M. Willette. Regional officers: Martina Pfleger Hesser, San Diego; Staci Gem Scheiwiller, central California; and Gamble Madsen, northern California.
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
Annual dues: $120 individual; $90 introductory (one-year limit); $60 retired/unemployed; $30 students (three-year limit)
Purpose: ARLIS/NA fosters excellence in art and design librarianship and image management through its many activities: networking and sharing ideas in person at annual conferences; publishing substantive articles of practical and scholarly natures through its publications, such as Art Documentation, the Occasional Papers series, ARLIS/NA Reviews, and other timely online publications; providing a forum for professional communication via a listserv and website; reaching out to future art librarians through scholarships and awards; and recognizing excellence in the field through awards for research, service, and publication. Institutional subscriptions to Art Documentation vary; please contact the journal’s copublisher, the University of Chicago Press, for more information.
Contact: President: Deborah Kempe, Frick Art Reference Library. President elect: Gregory P. J. Most, National Gallery of Art, Department of Image Collections. ARLIS/NA liaison to CAA: Tony White, Indiana University. Office: ARLIS/NA, 7044 South 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154; 414-768-8000; fax: 414-768-8001.
Art, Literature and Music in Symbolism and Decadence (ALMSD)
Annual dues: $30
Purpose: ALMSD is an international organization that promotes art, literature, and music from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century in European culture. In particular, it explores the origins and consequences of the Symbolist movement, such as the revival and reinterpretation of classical, medieval, and Renaissance ideas and connections between Symbolism and subsequent movements, such as Surrealism. ALMSD also strives to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas between interdisciplinary scholars. The organization publishes an annual newsletter and conference proceedings. Members receive free access to the newsletter on the website and are welcome to publish in all ALMSD publications.
Contact: President: Rosina Neginsky. Membership director: Deborah Cibelli.
Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)
Annual dues: $75 individual (annual income above $50,000) or $200 for three years; $50 (annual income between $25,000 and $50,000) or $135; $25 (students and those with annual income below $25,000) or $65 for three years; $100 institutional
Purpose: ACASA promotes scholarship, communication, and collaboration among scholars, artists, museum specialists, and others interested in African and African diaspora arts. The organizations business meeting takes place at the African Studies Association annual conference. ACASA holds a triannual conference at locations across the United States and ad hoc meetings at the CAA Annual Conference. Members receive the ACASA Newsletter three times a year.
Contact: President: Steven Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles. Secretary-treasurer: Carol Magee, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Newsletter editor: Joyce Youmans, independent scholar, Atlanta.
Purpose: ArtTable is the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts. Founded in 1981, the organization fosters the effectiveness, visibility, and diversity of women in the field. Through programs and publications, ArtTable is dedicated to supporting women in the arts at all stages of their careers, to documenting outstanding achievements by women past and present, to increasing opportunities for women in the future, and, in so doing, to enriching the nation’s cultural life.
Contact: Dena Muller, 137 Varick Street, No. 402, New York, NY 10013; 212-343-1735.
Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)
Annual dues: $40
Purpose: AAWAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to augmenting the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, the group offers thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue. Representing and serving a dynamic, geographically diverse, multiethnic community of Asian American women artists spanning generations and economic levels, AAWAA provides four areas of programming: Exhibitions and Publications; Archive and Portal to Asian American Women in the Arts; Education and Advocacy; and Artists Support Network. With representatives lecturing regularly at universities, the group provides a unique and valuable perspective on Asian American artists.
Contact: President: Cynthia Tom. Membership: AAWAA, 1890 Bryant Street, #302, San Francisco, CA 94110; 415-252-7996.
Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH)
Annual dues: None
Purpose: ACRAH promotes the study of race in art and visual culture from a critical and historical perspective. The group supports scholarship in “Critical Race Art History” by providing forums for intellectual discourse, networking, mentorship, and professional development. The organization sponsors a session and holds a business meeting at the CAA Annual Conference and maintains the blog The Grapevine and a Facebook page.
Contact: Codirectors: Jacqueline Francis and Camara Holloway. Email for enrollment information.
Association for Latin American Art (ALAA)
Annual dues: $30 general; $20 student/retired/non-US; $50 institutional; $100 individual sustaining; $500 institutional sustaining
Purpose: ALAA is an international scholarly and professional organization that encourages the discussion, teaching, research, and exhibition of Latin American art from all areas and time periods. Annual dues, which are fully tax deductible, entitle members to participate in symposia, receive newsletters, access the listerv, and use the member directory.
Contact: President: Jill Hartz, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, 430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403-1223. Vice president, strategic planning: Brent Tharp, Georgia Southern University Museum, PO Box 8061, Statesboro, GA 30460. Vice president, communications, Kris Anderson, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, School of Art, 353440, University of Washington, Stevens Way, Seattle, WA, 98195. Treasurer: Michiko Okaya, Lafayette College, Hamilton and High Streets, Easton, PA 18042. Secretary: Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Rose Art Gallery, University of Pennsylvania. Membership coordinator: Emily Forsgren, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle, Evanston, IL 60208.
Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA)
Annual dues: $50 US individual; $40 Middle Eastern individual; $30 US students; $20 Middle Eastern students; $75 institutional
Purpose: AMCA is a private, nonprofit, nonpolitical, international organization devoted to advancing the study of the visual arts in the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey through the creation of a network of interested scholars and organizations. AMCA facilitates communication and cooperation in the field by sponsoring conferences, holding meetings, and exchanging information via a newsletter and website.
Contact: President: Nada Shabout. President-elect: Sarah Rogers. Secretary: Dina Ramadan. Treasurer: Anneka Lenssen.
Association for Textual Scholarship in Art History (ATSAH)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: ATSAH promotes the study and publication of art-historical primary sources and facilitates interdisciplinary communication among scholars working with art, literature, and music. ATSAH publishes an annual newsletter with information about ongoing scholarship, publications, conferences, and interdisciplinary programs for textual analysis. It also organizes sessions in conjunction with the conferences of CAA, the Society for Textual Scholarship, and other national and international venues. In addition, ATSAH publishes summaries and reviews and supports the establishment of standards for editing and annotating primary art-historical sources.
Contact: President and treasurer: Liana De Girolami Cheney, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, 112 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114; 617-367-1670; fax: 617-557-2962. Vice president and secretary: Tina Waldeier Bizzarro, Rosemont College. Editor and secretary: Maureen Pelta, Moore College of Art and Design.
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG)
Annual dues: $50 individual; $10 student; $150 institution; $225 corporate
Purpose: AAMG addresses issues unique to museums and galleries of all disciplines associated with institutions of higher education, including art, history, natural history, and science. The group covers issues of governance, ethics, education, exhibitions, management, strategic planning, support, collections, and professional programs. AAMG also promotes the welfare of the professional staff of college and university museums and galleries and holds an annual issue-oriented, one-day conference in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Museums. The organization also offers members a forum to share information through published articles and an online discussion group.
Contact: President: Jill Hartz, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, 430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403-1223. Vice president of communications: Kris Anderson, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, 102 Art Building, Seattle, WA 98195. Membership coordinator: Karen Zicterman, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, 120 Fine Arts Building, Houston, TX 77204.
Association of Art Editors (AAE)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: AAE advances and sets standards for the profession of art editor. It offers a forum for the exchange of information among art editors and others involved in art-related publications, provide authors with information about editing and publication procedures, and exchanges information about available positions for freelance and institutional editors. AAE meets annually at the CAA Annual Conference. Its website features a detailed members’ directory (with areas of expertise); job postings; links to editorial organizations and publications; grammar and style sources; research resources; online editing tools; and publishers. AAE also features a comprehensive online editorial style guide.
Contact: President: Phil Freshman, 3912 Natchez Avenue South, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416; 952-922-1374.
Association of Art Historians (AAH)
Annual dues: £45 individual; £20 student/unwaged; £150 institution (four transferable memberships, Bulletin only)
Purpose: AAH represents the interests of art and design historians in all aspects of the discipline, including art, design, architecture, film, media, photography, cultural studies, and conservation. Members are active in museums and galleries, publishing, teaching, research, and environmental work. Among the benefits offered to members are: an annual conference; a journal (Art History), published five times a year; a newsletter (Bulletin), published three times annually; and symposia on a variety of subjects and periods. In addition, the organization has special-interest groups with their own programs of activities for universities and colleges, art galleries and museums, independent art historians, schools, and students. AAH also oversees the activities of the British chapter of Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA). Membership is open to art and design historians and to all those interested in the advancement of the study of art history. Though based and primarily active in the United Kingdom, AAH has members worldwide.
Contact: Chief executive officer: Pontus Rosen. Chair: Alison Yarrington. Senior administrator: Matt Lodder, Association of Art Historians, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ, United Kingdom; +44-0-207/490-3211.
Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC)
Membership: 1,200 individuals; 350 institutions
Annual dues: $30 for incomes below $50,000; $75 between $50,000 and $80,000; $150 over $80,000; $150 for adjunct members; institutional membership dues are structured as a sliding scale by museum operating budget
Purpose: AAMC supports and promotes the work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development, and advancement. In support of these aims, the AAMC Foundation seeks to heighten public understanding of the curator’s role in art museums through professional development programs, awards, and grants. Membership is automatically open to all curators (curatorial assistant through senior or chief curator) with direct responsibility for works of art at museums with established and reputable collections and/or exhibition programs. Independent curators, curators of private collections, and academic art historians with curatorial responsibilities may apply as adjunct members (twice yearly application cycle).
Contact: President: Carol S. Eliel. Executive director: Sally Block, Association of Art Museum Curators, 174 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075; 212-879-5701; fax: 212-537-5571.
Association of Historians of American Art (AHAA)
Annual dues: $35
Purpose: AHAA promotes scholarship in the history of the art of the United States, providing a forum for presenting and advancing new approaches to the subject, for examining problems that confront the field, and for identifying scholarly needs and opportunities for its members. AHAA is particularly interested in strengthening ties among museum curators, museum educators, and college and university professors. It holds an annual meeting, hosts sessions at the CAA Annual Conference, cosponsors symposia, and offers travel grants.
Contact: Chair: Jenny Carson, Maryland Institute College of Art. Cochair: Sarah Kelly, Art Institute of Chicago. Chair emeritus: P. J. Brownlee, Terra Foundation of American Art. Membership coordinator: Melissa Renn, Harvard Art Museums.
Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA)
Annual dues: $35 regular; $20 students/retired; $135 institutional; $500 sponsoring; $200 benefactor; $100 patron; $50 supporting
Purpose: AHNCA fosters dialogue and communication among those with a special interest in nineteenth-century art and culture. Nineteenth-century art is broadly defined as all art, regardless of geographic boundaries, that was produced between the American Revolution and World War I. AHNCA organizes two sessions and holds its business meeting at the CAA Annual Conference. Members receive an updated directory of members and a newsletter. AHNCA publishes research and reviews in a peer-reviewed journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide.
Contact: President: Elizabeth Mansfield, New York University. Membership coordinator: Karen Pope, Baylor University, Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, PO Box 5730, Austin, TX 78763-5730.
Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH)
Purpose: ARIAH supports and promotes scholarship by institutes of advanced research in art history and related disciplines. It also exchanges administrative, scholarly, and research information and encourages cooperation in the development and funding of joint programs.
Contact: Chair: Jonathan Mogul, Wolfsonian–Florida International University. Vice chair: Gail Feigenbaum, Getty Research Institute. Secretary: Gudrun Buehl, Dumbarton Oaks. Treasurer: Lisa Ford, Yale Center for British Art.
Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS)
Membership: 30 heads of art and design schools
Annual dues: AUD$700
Purpose: ACUADS plays a proactive role in shaping quality education for professional artists, crafts people, and designers. The organization addresses issues affecting the education and training of its constituencies and is concerned with the status of the visual-arts industry in the wider economic, social, and cultural development of Australia. ACUADS is the peak art body that represents the concerns and interests of the tertiary art sector to government and policy-making bodies. A body of elected members called the Executive meets several times a year, and the ACUADS annual conference is held in September or October at a participating members’ institution. Members and interested parties receive an electronic monthly newsletter.
Contact: Chair: Ted Snell, Curtin University of Technology, School of Art, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845. Secretary: Jody Fitzhardinge.
Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association (CRSA)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: CRSA provides a forum for discussing the catalogue raisonné. Its sessions at the CAA Annual Conference address authenticity, opinion, research, and other scholarly issues, as well as topics in funding, legal matters, publishing, technology, and similar practical concerns. The group sponsors a listserv for news and member discussions.
Contact: President: Nancy Mowll Mathews, Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, MA 02167. CRSA Forum editor: Eileen Costello. Director of programming: Steven Manford. Llistserv moderator: Heidi Hornik. Webmaster: Carl Schmitz.
Coalition of Women in the Arts Organizations (CWAO)
Annual dues: None
Purpose: CWAO is a national art society dedicated to the achievement of equality for all women in the arts. CWAO organizes grassroots lobbying with state legislatures, presentations, lectures, and shows, as well as lectures at conferences, including the CAA Annual Conference. It publishes CWAO News.
Contact: President: Kyra Belán, PO Box 6735, Hollywood, FL 33081.
Community College Professors of Art and Art History (CCPAAH)
Annual dues: $20
Purpose: CCPAAH provides a forum for community-college professors to exchange ideas, formulate curricula, and further define the community college’s role in the education of art professionals. The group also develops sessions for professional conferences and is working to provide a much-needed space for dialogue on matters relating to teaching the arts at community colleges. CCPAAH holds an annual meeting in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference.
Contact: Brian Seymour, Community College of Philadelphia.
Annual Dues: $100
Purpose: The Curator’s Network is a membership group that unites curators who want to share their work and exchange information with other professionals in the field. Developed by Independent Curators International (ICI), the Curator’s Network serves as a catalyst for independent thinking across disciplines and historical precedents; connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions; forges international networks; and generates new forms of collaboration. Members gain access to a wide range of professional resources: an interactive online members’ directory, access to low-fee meeting and work space rentals in New York, admission to ICI’s public events, and invitations to private events.
Contact: Special programs manager: Bridget Finn. Communications manager: Mandy Sa. Office: Curator’s Network, Independent Curators International, 401 Broadway, Suite 1620, New York, NY 10013; 212-254-8200; fax: 212-477-4781.
Design Studies Forum (DSF)
Membership: 50 (647 listserv)
Annual dues: $60
Purpose: DSF nurtures and encourages the study of design history, criticism, and theory. The organization holds an annual meeting in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference and distributes information about exhibitions, publications, conferences, and employment opportunities via its electronic mailing list. DSF also publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Design and Culture, three times a year and produces an online magazine, Design/Culture/Criticism, on its website.
Contact: President: Stuart Kendall, 1563 Trestle Glen Road, Oakland, CA 94610; 859-913-4581.
Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN)
Annual dues: None; dues sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
Purpose: DAAN advances new research, critical writing, and curatorial efforts involving modern and contemporary Asian American and Asian diasporic art and visual culture. The organization publishes an informational electronic newsletter, an online directory, and a website, hosted by New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute, that allows its members to connect and share their latest research, critical writing, and curatorial projects. The website also serves as a scholarly and artistic resource for the academic and arts communities. DAAN holds an business meeting at the CAA Annual Conference and has representatives throughout the United States.
Contact: Codirector: Alexandra Chang, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, New York University, 41–51 East 11th Street, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10003. Codirector: Margo Machida, University of Connecticut, Department of Art and Art History, 830 Bolton Road, U1099, Storrs, CT 06269.
European Architectural History Network (EAHN)
Annual dues: None
Purpose: EAHN supports research and education by providing a public forum for the dissemination of knowledge about the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it serves architectural historians and scholars in allied fields without restriction on their areas of study. EAHN publishes a quarterly electronic newsletter and sponsors a biannual international conference.
Contact: EAHN c/o RMIT, Technische Universiteit Delft, PO Box 5043, 2600 GA, Delft, The Netherlands.
European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum (EPCAF)
Annual dues: None
Purpose: EPCAF is a network of international scholars committed to the study of the visual arts in Europe after 1945. By exchanging information and ideas across the Atlantic, the forum is advancing the field and expanding its members’ knowledge and understanding of the history of art and criticism and its different national methodologies. EPCAF has two components: a group discussion that allows members to share research projects and other information; and a website, where the information is archived and made searchable. In order to advance scholarship in the field, the forum is building a database of resources, produces and distributes a monthly Circulaire, organizes panels, and supports publications.
Info: President: Catherine Dossin. Director of research: Victoria H .F. Scott.
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)
Biennial dues: $50; $100 institutional; $20 graduate student (photocopy of a current validated university ID required)
Purpose: As a national organization promoting excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio art and art history, FATE aims to foster discussion, analysis, strategies, goals, and understanding in the core curriculum for the visual arts. The organization’s newsletter, journal (FATE in Review), and regional and national conferences provide a platform for exchange and publication.
Contact: President: Scott Betz, Winston-Salem State University, Department of Fine Art, Winston-Salem, NC 27110; 336-750-2281. Membership coordinator: Diane Highland, Eastern Illinois University. CAA representative: Steven Bleicher, Coastal Carolina University, Department of Visual Arts, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-6054.
Glass Art Society (GAS)
Annual dues: $70 individual; $40 student; $120 sponsor; $275 corporate; $500 patron; $1,000 benefactor
Purpose: GAS is a professional organization whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass. Membership benefits include: six Newsletters a year; a copy of the Annual Journal and the Resource Guide; a copy of and inclusion in the Membership/Education Roster; a link from the GAS website to members’ website; access to information on the GAS database of artists, collectors, schools, museums, and more; the opportunity to attend the annual conference; and eligibility for GAS Funds from the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.
Contact: Glass Art Society, 6512 23rd Avenue NW, Suite 329, Seattle, WA 98117; 206-382-1305; fax: 206-382-2630.
Historians of British Art (HBA)
Annual dues: $20 professionals; $15 students; $100 institutions
Purpose: HBA fosters communication and promotes the study and sharing of ideas among those engaged in any type of scholarship or other professional endeavor related to British art and architecture of every area and/or period. The organization holds sessions at the CAA Annual Conference, in addition to a separate business meeting and an offsite visit to a local collection of British art. Whenever possible, HBA also organizes private, expert-led visits for its members to exhibitions, auctions, and fairs involving British art across North America. The HBA Newsletter is published biannually and posted on the HBA website. Prizes include three awards for books or multiauthored publications on British art, a travel award to a graduate student presenting a paper at an academic conference, and a publication grant to support costs related to publication of a manuscript already accepted by a publisher.
Contact: President: Peter Trippi. Membership inquiries: Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, University of Louisville, Hite Art Institute, Lutz Hall, Room 147, Louisville, KY 40292. Newsletter: Jennifer Way.
Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA)
Annual dues: $25
Purpose: HECAA promotes knowledge of all aspects of visual culture through the encouragement of research and publication among members. It also encourages graduate-student training in the visual culture of the long eighteenth century, holds sessions at conferences, and publishes an online newsletter/blog. HECAA is also an affiliated society of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Contact: President: Michael Yonan. Treasurer: Jennifer Germann. Newsletter editor: Craig Hanson.
Historians of German and Central European Art and Architecture (HGCEA)
Annual dues: $25 individual; $15 student
Purpose: HGCEA fosters the study of visual and material culture of Central Europe and enhances dialogue and cooperation among scholars working on the art and architecture of the region. The society maintains a website, publishes a newsletter (Eurotexture), and sponsors two sessions at the CAA Annual Conference, one of which is for emerging scholars. HGCEA also organizes and supports scholarly endeavors and events, such as symposiums, focused on Central European topics. HGCEA members include American and international scholars, both affiliated and independent, as well as graduate students.
Contact: President: Marsha Morton. Secretary: Eva Forgaçs. Treasurer: Rose-Carol Washton Long. Newsletter and website editor: Emily Pugh.
Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA)
Annual dues: $40 individual; $20 student; $60 joint; $100 sustaining; $100 institutional
Purpose: HIAA promotes high standards of scholarship and instruction in the history of Islamic art; facilitates communication among its members through meetings, the HIAA website, and its H-ISLAMART listserv; and promotes scholarly cooperation among persons and organizations concerned with the study of Islamic art. The organization sponsors a biennial symposium and holds annual meetings of its members in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference or the Middle East Studies Association’s yearly meeting. HIAA distributes travel grants to graduate students and awards the Margeret B. Ševčenko Prize for an emerging scholar of Islamic art. Members receive access to a membership directory, resources, newsletters, Publication Precis and Reviews, and discounted registration at the biennial symposium.
Contact: President: Marianna Shreve Simpson, independent scholar. President-elect: Sheila Canby, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acting secretary: Ladan Akbarnia, British Museum. Treasurer: Glaire D. Anderson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Webmaster: Lara Tohme, Wellesley College; H-ISLAMART listserv editor: Stephennie Mulder, University of Texas at Austin. Newsletter editor: Olga Bush, Vassar College. Overseas representative: Bernard O’Kane, American University in Cairo.
Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA)
Membership: Approximately 700
Annual dues: $50 regular; $25 student; $75 supporting; $100 patron; $200 benefactor; $100 institution
Purpose: HNA fosters communication and collaboration among historians of Northern European art from about 1350 to 1750. The organization holds an annual meeting and program in conjunction with the CAA Annual Conference; publishes, twice a year, the HNA Newletter and Review of Books and the online, open-access journal JHNA; and holds scholarly conferences every four years.
Contact: President: Stephanie Dickey. Vice president: Amy Golahny. Administrator: Kristin Lohse Belkin, 23 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904; phone/fax: 732-937-8394. Treasurer: Rebecca Brienen, University of Miami, Department of Art and Art History, PO Box 248106, Coral Gables, FL 33124-2618.
International Association of Art Critics (AICA/US)
Founded: American affiliate in the early 1950s
Annual dues: $85
Purpose: AICA/US promotes critical work in the field, helps ensure its methodological basis, creates permanent links among members through international meetings and exchange, and contributes to the international understanding of different cultures. The organization aims to protect and further art criticism as a profession in the United States and to act on behalf of the physical preservation and moral defense of works of art. AICA/US organizes frequent membership meetings in different parts of the country and abroad, as well as lectures and symposia, open to members and nonmembers. AICA/US also publishes a newsletter. Membership is by application and invitation only.
Contact: Copresident: Phyllis Braff, 333 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022; 212-838-2475.
International Association of Word and Image Studies (IAWIS)
Annual dues: €65–80 for three years
Purpose: IAWIS is an international forum for interdisciplinary approaches to the interplay between the verbal and visual. The organization seeks to foster the study of word and image relations in a general cultural context and in the arts in the broadest sense. IAWIS has a triennial international conference and publishes a newsletter twice yearly.
Contact: Catriona Macleod, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 745 Williams Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305; 215-898-7332; fax: 215-573-7794.
International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)
Annual dues: $65 US; $70 non-US; $20 student (all countries; proof of student status required); $80 joint; $55 independent scholar/retiree; $1,200 benefactor; $600 supporting; $300 patron; $150 contributing
Purpose: ICMA promotes the study of medieval art and civilization. It publishes a newsletter and the journal Gesta, sponsors sessions at national and international conferences, arranges and supports the Distinguished and Visiting Scholar Lecture Series, awards an annual prize for best student essay (and publishes it on its website), and administers travel grants to sponsored conferences and research grants to younger scholars, funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Contact: ICMA Administrator, The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040.
International Sculpture Center (ISC)
Annual dues: $100 basic; $500 associate; $350 professional; $200 university; $65 student; $65 senior (65+); $55 subscription only
Purpose: ISC champions the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. ISC publishes Sculpture, an international monthly magazine dedicated to all forms of sculpture, and a series of isc Press sculpture books. The organization also maintains an award-winning website with the most comprehensive resources and information on sculpture. ISC also produces annual International Sculpture Conferences and Symposiums, educational programs, including the ISConnects series, and other special events; it also gives awards.
Contact: Office: International Sculpture Center, 19 Fairgrounds Road, Suite B, Hamilton, NJ 08619; 609-689-1051; fax: 609-689-1061. Executive director: Johannah Hutchison (ext. 304). Membership manager: Julie Hain (ext. 314); Conference and events coordinator: Samantha Rauscher (ext. 302).
Italian Art Society (IAS)
Annual dues: $20; $10 student
Purpose: IAS fosters communication among disciplines and scholarship devoted to the study of Italian art and civilization of all historical periods. The organization sponsors sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies and at the annual conferences of CAA, the Renaissance Society of America, the Sixteenth Century Society, and the Society of Architectural Historians. IAS provides a network of special support for graduate students and emerging scholars, including the IAS Travel Grant for conference presentations. The group also organizes the annual IAS/Kress Lecture Series in Italy and helps to facilitate the circulation of members’ publications and research interests through its website and newsletter.
Contact: President: Kirstin Noreen. Vice president: Cathleen Fleck. Treasurer: Alison Perchuk. Secretary: Catherine McCurrach. Newsletter director: Kathleen Arthur.
Japan Art History Forum (JAHF)
Annual dues: $25 individual; $10 student
Purpose: JAHF promotes the study and understanding of Japanese art history and visual and material culture by coordinating opportunities for interchange and dialogue at special exhibitions and symposia of Japanese art and at other scholarly conferences in North America and elsewhere. The organization encourages the dissemination of information and research, primarily via the JAHF email listserv, and also supports graduate students. JAHF sponsors panels and roundtables at meetings of CAA and the Association for Asian Studies, another group with which JAHF is affiliated. In addition to presenting the annual Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize, JAHF offers a publicly accessible section of its website that contains general information about the organization, announcements of meetings, and other useful links. The secure section for members publishes proprietary information such as course syllabi, bibliographies, practical professional advice, and member data. JAHF membership is open to anyone worldwide with a serious scholarly interest in the study of Japanese art history and visual and material culture.
Contact: President: John Carpenter. Vice president: Monika Dix. Secretary: Tamaki Maeda. Treasurer: Karen Fraser.
Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF)
Annual dues: $80 individual associate
Purpose: LEAF is a working group of Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST). The critical challenges of the twenty-first century require mobilization and cross-fertilization among the domains of art, science, and technology. Leonardo/ISAST fosters collaborative explorations both nationally and internationally by facilitating interdisciplinary projects and documenting and disseminating information about interdisciplinary practice. Projects include the print publications Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal; the Leonardo Book Series; the Leonardo/ISAST website; the web journal Leonardo Electronic Almanac; and the Leonardo Reviews Project. Other activities include the LASER presentation series, an awards program, and participation in conferences and symposia and in other collaborative events and working groups.
Contact: Patricia Olynyk, Washington University in St. Louis.
Mid America College Art Association (MACAA)
Membership: Approximately 400
Biennial dues: $60
Purpose: MACAA is an artist-led organization that promotes and fosters the making and teaching of art at the university and college level in the mid-America region. The organization seeks to enhance the condition of the profession through the communication of new ideas, concepts, processes, and theories of concern to the membership, holding a biennial conference. Membership is open to institutions, faculty, and students.
Contact: John Richardson, Wayne State University, Duffy Department of Art and Art History, 150 Art Building, Detroit, MI 48202.
Midwest Art History Society (MAHS)
Annual Dues: $25 students; $45 individuals; $30 senior/retired; $150 institutions
Purpose: MAHS brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians with the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas. The organization accepts members from any state or country and holds an annual conference, publishes books on objects in Midwest collections, and presents awards for outstanding exhibition and collection catalogues. The conference provides an opportunity to present and hear excellent papers in a friendly environment; its reasonable size allows for in-depth discussions of ideas. The Cuttler Student Travel Fund helps graduate students deliver papers at the conference. Members may apply for competitive publication subvention. Members also receive an annual Newsletter with extensive listings of regional exhibitions, publications, and employment opportunities.
Contact: President: Paula Wisotzki. Secretary: Henry Luttikhuizen. Treasurer: Heidi Hornik.
National Alliance of Artists for Historical Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU)
Annual Dues: $35
Purpose: NAAHBCU brings art and art education to the forefront of member institutions and keeps these programs as institutional priorities for generations to come. The alliance is committed to developing in its members, and especially students, the artistic and life skills needed to function as literate citizens in the society of today and in the future. NAAHBCU holds annual meetings, workshops, and seminars. Members receive a biannual newsletter and other published literature.
Contact: President: D. Peggy Blood, 918 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, GA 31410; 912-897-2833. NAAHBCU board chair: Lee Ransaw.
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
Annual dues: $65
Purpose: NAEA advances visual-arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. It is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for educators in the visual arts, with members located in fifty states plus the District of Columbia, US territories and military bases, most Canadian provinces, and twenty-five foreign countries. Members include: elementary, middle, and high school educators; college and university professors, researchers and scholars; teaching artists; art therapists; arts administrators and supervisors; art-museum educators; and students who are members of the National Art Honor Society or university students preparing to be art educators.
Contact: Executive director: Deborah B. Reeve, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 33, Reston, VA 20191-1590; 703-860-8000; fax: 703-860-2960. Higher-education director and liaison to the CAA Education Committee: James Haywood Rolling Jr. Higher-education director-elect: Flávia Bastos.
National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO)
Membership: 290 organizations; 320 individuals
Annual dues: $60–$500, depending on budget
Purpose: NAAO is an artist-centered, membership-driven service organization that fosters communication and interaction among artists and artists organizations at the local, regional, and national levels. It is dedicated to mobilizing this broad community by focusing a national dialogue, providing valuable networking opportunities within the field, promoting the value of artist-driven initiatives to the broader public, and serving as a national voice for artists organizations in forums that debate issues of cultural policy. As the only national service organization serving the community of artists organizations, NAAO enacts programs that promote organizational stability, communication within the field, increased visibility, and cultural pluralism, and has played a leading role in issues related to freedom of expression and the First Amendment.
Contact: NAAO c/o Space One Eleven, 2409 Second Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203-3809; 205-328-0553; fax 205-254-6176.
National Conference of Artists (NCA)
Annual dues: $35 general; $10 student; $100 institution; $50 chapter; $500 life
Purpose: NCA works to preserve, promote, and develop the creative forces and expressions of African American artists and artists of African heritage. Through its research in the arts, annual convention, regional meetings, and correspondence, NCA brings artists together to discuss mutual concerns, exchange ideas, and promote cultural exchange and the interchange of works of local, national, and international origin. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and are invited to attend the annual convention.
Contact: President: Kwame Brathwaite, National Conference of Artists, 12 Morley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119.
National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA)
Membership: approximately 400
Annual dues: $50
Purpose: NCAA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, identification of problems, and generation of shared solutions to the issues that confront arts-administration professionals in higher education. The organization supports an annual conference hosted by a member institution, which spotlights current trends in arts administration and offers forums, guest speakers, and social events, providing multiple opportunities to network within a diverse community of arts professionals. NCAA sponsors a reception at the CAA Annual Conference and promotes the participation of members in CAA panels and presentations.
Contact: President and CAA liaison: Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University, Gwen Frostic School of Art, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, 2110 Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008-5213. Membership: Bonnie James, c/o Megram Consulting Services, 3-247 Barr Street, Renfrew, ON, Canada K7V 1J6; 613-432-9491.
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
Annual dues: $55 standard; $40 transitional; $25 student; $150 premium; $250 institutional; $500 corporate
Purpose: NCECA is a professional organization whose purpose is to stimulate and promote the ceramic arts through education, research, and creative practice. It accomplishes its mission by providing a forum for the exchange of stimulating ideas and vital information about ceramics. Membership is open to everyone interested in the ceramic arts: teachers, students, studio artists, potters, art historians, writers, museum and gallery directors, collectors, critics, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, suppliers, and manufacturers. NCECA reaches its members and the broader arts community through an annual conference and general meeting, and through publications, exhibitions, and other educational programming.
Contact: Executive director: Joshua Green. National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, 77 Erie Village Square, Suite 280, Erie, CO 80516-6996; 303-828-2811; 866-266-2322 (toll free). Office administrator: Jacqueline Hardy. Projects manager: Kate Vorhaus.
New Media Caucus
Annual dues: $0 individual; $75 board of directors; $350 nonprofit organizational sponsor; $700 for-profit organizational sponsor
Purpose: NMC is an international nonprofit association formed to promote the development and understanding of new-media art. The group represents artists, designers, practitioners, historians, theoreticians, educators, students, scholars, and researchers, as well as like-minded organizations with interests that include, but are not limited to, digital media, electronic media, mobile media, virtual media, and emergent media. NMC’s purpose is to support and advance a diverse range of inquiry in order to catalyze the further evolution of new-media art.
Contact: President: Paul Catanese, Columbia College Chicago, Department of Interdisciplinary Arts, 600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.
Northern California Art Historians (NCAH)
Annual dues: $10
Purpose: NCAH fosters community and scholarly collaboration among faculty and instructors who teach art history in northern Californian universities and community colleges as well as curators, museum professionals, graduate students, and members of the community at large who have a passion for the arts. The group holds regular salons, notifies members of local and regional events of interest, and organizes and cohosts events for its members.
Contact: Treasurer: Beverly K. Grindstaff.
Pacific Arts Association (PAA)
Membership: 390 (130 institutional, 260 individuals)
Annual dues: $50 professional individuals and institutions, museums, libraries, collectors, dealers, etc.; $35 visual and performing artists, students, and retirees
Purpose: PAA is an international organization devoted to the study of the arts of Oceania. It encourages understanding among nations of the region and greater cooperation among institutions and individuals involved in the arts of Oceania. PAA also promote high standards of research, interpretation, and reporting on this art and stimulates interest in the teaching of courses on Oceanic art, especially at the tertiary educational level. Finally, the organization encourages high standards of conservation in and preservation of the material culture of Oceanic arts. PAA organizes international symposia and publishes the journal Pacific Arts annually and Pacific Arts Association Newsletter twice a year.
Contact: Treasurer: Christian Kaufmann (for membership). Vice president for North America: Christina Hellmich, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118-4501; 415-750-2621 (for general inquiries and website).
Private Art Dealers Association (PADA)
Annual dues: $750
Purpose: PADA represents a select group of dealers who work from nonpublic spaces and who are specialists in specific areas of the fine arts. Election to membership is by invitation and based on a dealer’s experience, scholarship, ethics, and contributions to the arts community. PADA supports scholarship through public lectures, symposia, and grants. It is also a member of Confédération Internationale des Négotiants en Oeuvres d’Art. PADA publishes an annual directory of dealer members.
Contact: President: Robert Dance, Private Art Dealers Association, PO Box 872, Lenox Hill Station, New York, NY 10021; 212-572-0772; fax: 212-572-8398.
Public Art Dialogue (PAD)
Annual dues: $50 professional; $30 student; $100 associate; $200 sustaining; $150 institutional
Purpose: PAD’s membership comprises art historians, artists, scholars of American and visual studies, architects and landscape architects, and public-art administrators and curators, reflecting the field’s dynamic nature and fosters cross-disciplinary exchange. PAD provides a forum for critical discourse and commentary on public art broadly defined, which can range from object art to social interventions to internet-based projects. PAD publishes an electronic newsletter twice annually. Member benefits include Public Art Dialogue, a journal published biannually in print, and the opportunity to participate in Public Art Portfolio Reviews, in which experienced public-art professionals give one-on-one feedback to graduate students, emerging artists, and established artists who are seeking public-art commissions. The organization hosts sessions and special events at CAA Annual Conferences. Each year PAD honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the field with an award and a three-year membership.
Contact: Cochairs: Harriet F. Senie and Sarah Schrank. Membership coordinator: Juilee Decker. Secretary: Sierra Rooney.
Queer Caucus for Art (QCA)
Annual dues: $25 employed; $5 low income and students
Purpose: QCA nurtures and encourages the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, theory, criticism, and studio practice in the arts. Through its various activities, the group also fosters better communication and understanding among its members, academic communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, and the public at large. Activities include a newsletter and conference panels.
Contact: Cochairs: Lily Woodruff and Jason Watson.
Radical Art Caucus (RAC)
Annual dues: $20 faculty and employed; $5 students and underemployed
Purpose: RAC promotes art and art-historical scholarship that addresses historical and contemporary problems of oppression and offers possibilities for resistance. The organization brings together artists and scholars who ground their work in cultural conditions and practices related to critiquing unequal distribution of resources, social hierarchies, and unjust political authority that affect disenfranchised populations in all periods of history. Furthermore, RAC seeks to provide an intellectual and professional environment for the discussion of labor and social-justice issues specifically related to contemporary practices of art and art history. Members debate and advocate for a more critical institutional practice in order to promote radical democratic principles within and outside the academy.
Contact: Secretary and membership: Joanna Gardner-Huggett.
Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Annual dues: $50 regular (electronic RQ); $70 regular (print RQ); $25 student (electronic RQ); $35 student (print RQ); $38 retiree (electronic RQ); $53 retiree (print RQ); $80 dual (print RQ)
Purpose: RSA is an international, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging the study of the Renaissance period. It holds an annual conference, usually in the early spring, and publishes a journal, Renaissance Quarterly (RQ), and a newsletter, Renaissance News and Notes.
Contact: Executive director: Ann E. Moyer, University of Pennsylvania. Program manager: Erika Suffern. Office: Renaissance Society of America, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5400, New York, NY 10016-4309; 212-817-2130; fax: 212-817-1544.
SGC International (SGCI)
Annual dues: $25 student; $50 regular
Purpose: SGCI is an educational nonprofit organization committed to informing its members about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and handmade paper. The group holds annual conferences, curates travelling exhibitions for members, maintains a collection of print archives documenting the ongoing development of printmaking, and publishes a newsletter. Members receive exhibition opportunities and a newsletter three times a year; SGCI also awards two annual fellowships to students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Contact: Vice president of external affairs: Jennifer Anderson. SGCI/CAA Panel Committee: Candace Nicol.
Society for Photographic Education (SPE)
Annual Dues: $125 regular; $90 adjunct/part-time; $75 senior; $55 student
Purpose: SPE is a national nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services, and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship, and criticism.
Contact: Executive director: Virginia Morrison, 2530 Superior Avenue, #403, Cleveland, OH 44114; 216-622-2733.
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW)
Annual dues: $25 regular; $15 student/retired
Purpose: SSEMW is a national interdisciplinary network of scholars who meet annually, sponsor sessions at conferences, maintain a listserv and website, give awards for outstanding scholarship, and support one another’s work in the field. SSEMW welcomes scholars and teachers from any discipline who study women and their contribution to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period and whose interest in the period includes attention to gender and representations of women.
Contact: Andrea Pearson, American University, Art Department, Katzen Arts Center 101, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016; 202-885-1670; fax: 202-885-1132.
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Annual dues: $55 student; $125 individual; $175 joint; $225 supporting; $400 patron; $550 donor; $2,700 life; $7,500 benefactor; to receive the print edition of JSAH, members should all $10 to the membership rate. $401 institutional (electronic JSAH only); $435 (electronic and print JSAH); $535 sustaining institutional (electronic and two copies of print JSAH); $140 professional associates, with $70 for each additional person in same office (one copy of print publications and electronic memberships for every office staff member)
Purpose: SAH is the leading international society that promotes the study, interpretation, and preservation of the built environment. The organization produces the journal of record for architectural history, JSAH, in print and in a multimedia online edition; and publishes Buildings of the United States, a print and online series that documents the architecture of every state in America. In 2012 SAH will launch SAH Archipedia, an illustrated online database of all the content in the published Buildings of the United States volumes. SAH maintains SAHARA, an online archive of digital images for teaching and research; organizes a scholarly conference and several study programs annually; and hosts SAH Communities, a free public forum for sharing information and opportunities that is open to all who share an interest in the built world.
Contact: Executive director: Pauline Saliga, 1365 North Astor Street, Chicago, IL 60610; 312-573-1365.
Society of Contemporary Art Historians (SCAH)
Annual dues: None at this time; dues may be initiated
Purpose: SCAH supports collegiality and foster community in the field of contemporary art history. It also seeks to promote knowledge of the history contemporary art and visual culture through the facilitation of seminars, discussion groups, the presentation of work in progress, and the active encouragement of research among its members.
Contact: President: Suzanne Hudson; vice president: Alexander Dumbadze; secretary/treasurer: Joshua Shannon.
Society of Historians of East European and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)
Annual dues: $18; $12 students and other limited income
Purpose: SHERA is an international network for scholars working with Russian and East European visual culture. The group publishes a triannual newsletter that includes bibliographic citations of new research, notices of conferences and exhibitions, and state-of-research essays. SHERA panels are held at the CAA Annual Conference.
Contact: Pamela Kachurin, 137 Coolidge Street, Brookline, MA 02446.
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Annual Dues: $79 regular; $49 student; add $15 beyond North America
Purpose: SNAG is a nonprofit organization that supports and advances the professional practice of artists, designers, jewelers, and metalsmiths around the world through education, innovation, and leadership. SNAG holds an annual conference; publishes the quarterly full-color journal Metalsmith, and its special annual edition, Exhibition in Print; produces an extensive digital newsletter; and sponsors exhibitions and colloquia in academic and nonacademic settings, among other services. SNAG’s Educational Endowment awards four competitive undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year, one of them sponsored by Hoover and Strong specifically for well-designed production jewelry.
Contact: Executive director: Dana Singer. Operations manager: Tara Jecklin, 540 Oak Street, Suite A, Eugene, OR 97401; 541-345-5689.
Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC)
Membership: 1,150 individuals; 112 institutions
Annual dues: $65 individual; $60 retired; $30 student; $75 or more contributing; $125 institutional
Purpose: SECAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis. It fosters ongoing dialogue about pertinent creative, scholarly, and educational issues and facilitates cooperation among teachers and administrators in universities, colleges, community colleges, professional art schools, and museums—and among independent artists and scholars. Eac year SECAC holds an annual conference; publishes a journal, SECAC Review, and three newsletters; recognizes excellence through an awards program; and presents a $3,000 artist’s fellowship. Membership includes individuals and institutions from the original group of Southeastern states that founded the conference: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Over the decades, however, SECAC has grown to include individual and institutional members from across the United States, becoming the second largest national organization of its kind. SECAC participates in CAA’s Annual Conferences.
Contact: Administrator: Rachel Frew, PO Box 656, Carrboro, NC 27510-0656; 919-942-8235.
Visual Culture Caucus (VCC)
Annual Dues: $10 tenured; $5 untenured; $1 student/adjunct faculty
Purpose: VCC promotes and advances the discussion of visual culture in critical and artistic practice and facilitates interdisciplinary contact with those working to similar ends in other visual media. VCC maintains a listserv for discussion and sharing information that can be joined by contacting the cochairs listed below.
Contact: Cochairs: Tom Williams and Kristen Oehlrich. Media manager: Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye.
Visual Resources Association (VRA)
Annual dues: $110 individual; $40 student/retired/unemployed; $300 institutional (three named representatives receive full-membership privileges; $60 VRA Bulletin only; $60 VRA Listserv only
Purpose: As a multidisciplinary community of image-management professionals working in educational and cultural-heritage environments, VRA is committed to providing leadership in the field, developing and advocating standards, and providing educational tools and opportunities for its members. The organization offers a forum to discuss issues such as documentation and access to images of visual culture, integration of technology-based instruction and research, and intellectual-property policy. Through collaboration and partnership with the broader information-management and educational-technology communities, VRA supports the primacy of visual culture in the educational experience. Its international membership includes: information specialists; digital-image specialists; art, architecture, film and video librarians; museum curators; slide, photograph, microfilm and digital archivists; architectural firms; galleries; publishers; image-system vendors; rights and reproductions officials; photographers; art historians; artists; and scientists.
Contact: President: Jolene DeVerges, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Newsletter: John Trendler, Scripps College. Membership inquiries.
Womens Caucus for Art (WCA)
Annual dues: $50 regular; $40 with chapter; $75 institution; $100 supporting; $25 subsidized (student or limited income); $500 lifetime
Purpose: WCA is a national organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, gallery and museum professionals, critics, publishers, art administrators, and others involved in the visual arts. It offers a national network of thirty-three local chapters, exhibitions, publications, a monthly email bulletin, a triannual newsletter, and regional and national conferences, which provide an occasion to teach, learn, present work, and celebrate scholarly and creative achievements by women. WCA aims to create community through art, education, and social activism; it is also committed to recognizing the contributions of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national, and global art activism, and advocating equity in the arts for all.
Contact: Womens Caucus for Art, PO Box 1498, Canal Street Station, New York, NY 10013.