My Gallery is Bigger Than Your Gallery | Recording and Resources


On Thursday, November 21 at 2 pm (EST), Michael Dickins presented on the campus plan he has devised for the New Gallery at Austin Peay University.

Faced with limited storage space on campus, Dickins started a program (with strict parameters) to share the permanent collection with the campus community, while also creating an educational opportunity for Austin Peay students. With the permanent collection at their disposal, Dickin’s undergraduate student workers curate exhibitions to hang in department spaces.

For each exhibition, students write a curatorial statement, labels, and record an audio guide segment for each work that visitors can access through the app, Guide-by-Cell.

In his presentation, Dickins shares images of the finished exhibitions, and, as an open book, shares his trials, tribulations, and successes he encountered while running this campus plan program.

Benefits of this program, according to Michael Dickins:

  • Gets artwork into public sphere instead of hidden in storage (which ours is not large enough to house our collection)
  • Allows for academic buildings to look less ‘institutional’
  • Artwork only goes in spaces accessible to the public (NOT offices) – as it is a collection at a public university and needs to be accessible to the public.
  • Artwork gets installed on OUR schedule as myself and assistants have other duties.
  • Gives students experience in curating, installing, labeling, cataloguing in database, art handling, etc. – plus writing a curatorial statement.
  • This informs the occupants of said space that this is a teaching/education opportunity and not just decorating.

Future Events

Michael Dickins will be presenting at CAA’s Annual Conference on Wednesday, February 12: Is that Unprofessional? When Artists Curate, alongside our September Coffee Gathering host, Meredith Lynn.

Articles and Documents

Austin Peay Students Discover Work from Two Major Artists in University’s Collection

The New Gallery Collections Management Policy

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Bill Jaffe ’60 Encourages Support for New University Art Museum with $250,000 Gift

Bill Jaffe ’60 has given $250,000 to Penn State for a new museum building. The capital project, in total, will cost about $71.1 million.

“Penn State, following President Barron’s leadership, has made a commitment to the arts at the University that I think is vital. And after hearing about the plans for the museum, I wanted to be a part of it from the start,” explained Jaffe.

Philanthropically driven, Jaffe has also helped to establish over 20 scholarships and endowments at Penn State. [PennState]

Northern Michigan University Art Museum Receives Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Grant

For the second time, Northern Michigan University’s DeVos Art Museum has received a $14,200 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Culture to expand its program offerings to the public.

Director and curator Emily Lanctot argued, “We wouldn’t be able to do the things we do for the community without help from the MCACA. We are so thankful to have this kind of support, especially in this rural area. People come from the east and west sides of the U.P. to see the museum, so it’s important to provide them with art experiences.” [TV 6]

CFP: 5 Sessions at CAA (Chicago, 12-15 Feb 20)

College Art Association CAA2020 annual conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA, February 12 – 15, 2020

[1] Selling and buying anonymity
[2] What Can Art Say About Extinction?
[3] The Collector and Cultural Narratives
[4] The Image of the Female Artist
[5] Kitsch and Craft in the Middle Ages

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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:

Institutional Development with Rebecca Nagy

In this first segment of RAAMP’s video practica, Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director at CAA, speaks with Rebecca Nagy, Director of the Harn Museum of Art, about the museum’s institutional advancement. In the interview, O’Hanian and Nagy discuss the museum’s tactics in attracting visitors from not only the University of Florida, but also the community at large. Nagy expresses the importance of fundraising and creating partnerships with the different colleges on campus and schools in the area. Nagy also gives advice on creating a fundraising program.