January 26, 2012

CAA’s 100th Annual Conference

College Art Association (CAA)

Advance registration for CAA’s 100th Annual Conference, taking place February 22–25, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, closes on Monday, January 30, 2012. Register now to secure the lowest rates currently available and join over 5,000 artists, art historians, students, educators, critics, curators, collectors, librarians, gallerists, and other professionals for the largest international forum for the visual arts.


Prices start at just 135 USD for student and retired members of CAA. Onsite registration at the Los Angeles Convention Center will be available at a higher cost.


Conference attendees can also take advantage of substantial discounts on rooms at four hotels: the Westin Bonaventure, the Millennium Biltmore, the Figueroa Hotel (for students), and the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, which is steps away from the convention center. CAA has partnered with American Airlines, Avis, and Amtrak to offer discounts on airfare, car rentals, and train travel to all conference attendees.


Conference highlights include:
Four days of presentations and panel discussions exploring art, art history, and visual culture from ancient times to the present
An array of professional-development workshops on topics ranging from grant writing for artists to securing tenure to job hunting in the arts
Mentoring opportunities and prospects for job interviews with colleges, universities, and museums
The annual Book and Trade Fair, where registrants can take advantage of huge discounts on art books and supplies
The twelfth annual Distinguished Scholar Session, this year honoring Rosalind Krauss 
The annual Awards for Distinction presentation for prominent artists, scholars, teachers, authors, and curators, including David Hammons, Adrian Piper, and Lucy R. Lippard
Centennial Convocation, which kicks off the conference with a keynote address delivered by Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
Centennial Reception hosted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Annual Artists’ Interviews with Mary Kelly and Martin Kersels
A wealth of tours, receptions, open houses, and other special events

Speakers for nearly two hundred sessions will present their recent artistic projects and art-historical research, while others will discuss relevant issues in pedagogy, technology, publishing, and the academic workforce. Historical and contemporary art in Los Angeles will be another important focus.

Notable session titles include:
Pacific Standard Time and Chicano Art: A New Los Angeles Art History?
Urbanization and Contemporary Art in Asia
New Approaches to Post-Renaissance Florence, ca. 1600–1743
Theory, Method, and the Future of Precolumbian Art History
Design Education 2.0: Teaching in a Techno-Cultural Reality
Punk Rock and Contemporary Art on the West Coast
Flying Solo: The Opportunities and Challenges Presented to the Solitary Art Historian in a Small College

For more information about CAA’s 100th Annual Conference, please visit For details on CAA membership, including discounts on registration, write to [email protected] or call 212-691-1051, ext. 1.


About CAA

The College Art Association is dedicated to providing professional services and resources for artists, art historians, and students in the visual arts. CAA serves as an advocate and a resource for individuals and institutions nationally and internationally by offering forums to discuss the latest developments in the visual arts and art history through its Annual Conference, publications, exhibitions, website, and other events. CAA focuses on a wide range of issues including education in the arts, freedom of expression, intellectual-property rights, cultural heritage, preservation, workforce topics in universities and museums, and access to networked information technologies. Representing its members’ professional needs since 1911, CAA is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards of scholarship, creativity, criticism, and teaching.


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