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The College Art Association of America (usually referred to as simply CAA) is the principal professional association in the United Statesmarker for practitioners and scholars of art, art history, and art criticism. Founded in 1911, it aims to "cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression.""About CAA." College Art Association. 11 Nov. 2004. CAA. 10 Sept. 2007 />. CAA currently has 13,000 members, primarily academic scholars, professors, and graduate students who study and/or teach art practice, history, or theory, including visual arts, visual culture, and aesthetics. Although the organization was founded in the United States and its offices are located in New York Citymarker, its membership, concerns, reputation, and influence are international in scope.

The president of CAA is Paul B. Jaskot, a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He succeeded Nicola Courtright, Professor of Art History at Amherst Collegemarker, who served from 2006 to 2008, and Ellen Levy of the School of Visual Arts and Brooklyn Collegemarker, who was president from 2004 to 2006.

Activities of CAA

CAA publishes several academic journals, including The Art Bulletin, one of the foremost journals for art historians in English, and Art Journal, a quarterly devoted to twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and visual culture. The association also publishes, an online publication devoted to the peer review of new books and exhibitions relevant to the fields of art, art history, and architecture.

The CAA Annual Conference

The College Art Association holds an international convention in late February every year. Approximately four to six thousand members attend, depending on the location, which alternates among major cities in various regions of the United States. The convention is the largest and most important of the year for makers and interpreters of visual art and visual culture; major university and many smaller college art and art-history departments interview candidates for teaching positions at the convention, although hiring occurs all year long. In addition to such job-placement activities, several hundred programs including presentations of papers and panel discussions on diverse topics (special sessions, forums, exhibitions, media presentations, governance meetings) and social events such as receptions and dinners hosted by academic art and art history departments and allied or affiliated organizations, as well as massive book exhibits located in one of the main hotel or convention center exhibition areas, fill the convention's four days from early morning through late evening. The name CAA is often used colloquially among academics to refer to this convention (as in "Are you planning to attend CAA this year?").

The College Art Association recognizes many Affiliated Societies. Some of these originated and largely operate outside the arena of CAA and its annual conference, like the International Association of Art Critics and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Others originated within CAA and generally operate at or in parallel to the annual convention, chief examples being the Visual Culture Caucus and the New Media Caucus.


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