School Board in San Francisco Voted to Remove Victor Arnautoff’s “The Life of George Washington” Mural

In 1934, commissioned by the Works Progress Administration, Victor Arnautoff painted thirteen frescoes at George Washington High School. The images depict Washington as a slaveowner and his detriment to Indigenous populations and their land. The school board voted to remove the mural. [Hyperallergic]

Read the CAA’s response to the school board’s decision to destroy the mural. [CAA]

Investigating the Whereabouts of Artist Elizabeth Tracy Montminy’s 1941 Mural

In 1941, artist Elizabeth Tracy Montminy, who had previously completed several commissions for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, began work on her mural Bathers, in the post office of Kennebunkport, Maine. Following a dramatic outcry by men and conservative locals declaring that the women’s natural figures depicted were unattractive and grotesque, the mural was removed and never seen again. Now,  Southwestern University students are determined to find the missing mural. [Southwestern University]

CFP: Conservation of Paintings, ICOM-CC (Caparica, 6-7 Feb 20)

Caparica, Portugal, February 6 – 07, 2020
Deadline: Sep 30, 2019


ICOM-CC Interim Meeting of the Paintings and Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation Working Groups

This meeting intends to explore the ways in which the culture of paintings conservation has changed throughout the years, and how it continues to evolve in light of recent theoretical advancements and social shifts. Ahead of ICOM-CC’s 19th Triennial Meeting, to be held in Beijing, 14-20 September 2020, this joint Interim Meeting of the Paintings and Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation Working Groups will focus on various aspects of conservation practice, starting with how we get to know the artworks we conserve and exploring how our ways of seeing them are influenced by both the context of their creation and the contexts and conditions in which conservators operate. This joint meeting will explore the various ways cultures of conservation, conservators, and artworks co-constitute each other in practice and in theory. Continue reading “CFP: Conservation of Paintings, ICOM-CC (Caparica, 6-7 Feb 20)”

CFP: ArCo 2020 (Florence, 28-29 May 20)

Subject: CFP: ArCo 2020 (Florence, 28-29 May 20)

Dipartimento di Architettura (DiDA) of the Florence University (UNIFI), Florence, May 28 – 29, 2020
Deadline: Sep 15, 2019

ArCo 2020, 1st International Conference on Art Collections (1stArCo): Cultural Heritage, Safety and Digital Innovation.

ArCo is an International Conference dedicated to innovative experiences in Museum and Art Collections.

The Artistic goods represent a priceless asset of our cultural capital, they play a crucial role in defining and understanding the identity of communities. Nevertheless, they are not always adequately protected against possible dangers and hazards or the time effects. In these last decades, new technologies – such as digital control, 3D reconstructions, etc. – have experienced great developments even in their application to art collections, increasing the monitoring activities, the safety checking, and their interface with the community. This Conference wishes to collect contributions from different areas for the preservation, the enhancement, and the protection of the art goods exhibited in the Museums.

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CAA Now Accepting Nominations for the CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation

CAA is now accepting nominations for the Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work and the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work, first presented in 1988, is a peer award given to an artist for exceptional work through exhibitions, presentations, or performances. This award is presented to a living artist of national or international stature and must tie them to an exceptional recent exhibition.

In the twenty-two years since the Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work was first presented, the majority of recipients have been women. Four of the first five—Elizabeth Murray, Howardena Pindell, Rachel Rosenthal, and Ann Hamilton—are women, as are seven recent winners, which include Yoko Ono, Mary Heilmann, Lynda Benglis, Adrian Piper, and Elaine Sturtevant. Other recipients of the award include Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Fred Wilson and, most recently, Ursula von Rydingsvard.

The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement, first presented in 1988, celebrates the career of an artist who, among other distinctions, has demonstrated particular commitment to their work throughout a long career and has had an important impact nationally and internationally on the field.

One of CAA’s most illustrious prizes, the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement has recognized the long, prominent, and influential careers of many contemporary artists, among them Joan Mitchell and Louise Bourgeois in the 1980s; Willem de Kooning, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and John Baldessari in the 1990s; and Alison Knowles, Elizabeth Murray, Chris Burden, and Howardena Pindell in the present decade.

Nominations are due September 4, 2019. Nominations should be sent by email to Cali Buckley, CAA Grants and Special Programs Manager, at For more information about award requirements and qualifications, please visit: