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Affiliated Societies

CAA welcomes as affiliated societies groups of art professionals and other organizations whose goals are generally consonant with those of CAA, with a view toward facilitating intercommunication and mutual enrichment. It is required that a substantial number of the members of such groups will already be members of CAA. To be recognized by CAA as an affiliated society, a group must be national in scope and must present evidence that:

  • It is primarily, or in large part, committed to the serious practice and advancement of the visual arts or to the study of some broad, major area of the history of art
  • It possesses a formal organizational structure, that is, elected officers, an identifiable membership, and signs of ongoing activity such as a newsletter, periodical, exhibition record, or other documentation


Applications for affiliated-society status will be screened by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The committee’s rulings may be appealed to the board.


An annual membership category has been created for affiliates, which must be in good standing in order to receive the benefits described on this page. Please download, complete, and return the membership form. Member dues correspond to the size of the affiliated society:

  • Up to 100 individual members: $55
  • 101 to 1,000 individual members: $110
  • 1,001 to 5,000 individual members: $245
  • Over 5,000 individual members: $365

Online Directory

CAA publishes an online Directory of Affiliated Societies that includes the following information as provided by the societies: name, date of founding, size of membership, annual dues, name and address of president and/or corresponding secretary, and a statement of twenty-five to fifty words on the society’s nature or purpose. Each year, affiliates will receive a reminder about the directory, at which time the above information, as well as a current list of individual affiliate members, should be submitted to Aakash Suchak, Grants and Special Programs Manager, at

CAA News

Information and articles about affiliated societies appear every two months in Affiliated Society News. Let the CAA community know about the new and exciting things your organization is doing—activities, awards, publications, conferences, and exhibition announcements are all accepted.

Affiliated-society members can also submit longer pieces on work in their organization. We encourage you to think about programs in your organization to write about. This could be a new or existing project, or a spotlight on a fellow or scholar in your organization. We welcome images with these stories as well. We plan to feature these stories in CAA News and on the website and spread the word through social media. These stories should also go to Nick Obourn at

In addition, all affiliated societies are welcome to post, at any time, their calls for papers, conference notices, and award applications to CAA’s Opportunities.

Annual Conference

CAA provides each affiliated society with facilities for one ninety-minute session and one business meeting at the Annual Conference. In conference materials, the dedicated session and meeting will be identified with the name of the affiliated society. Any subsequent session proposals may be submitted separately by individual members of the society. These are not guaranteed and must be peer reviewed by the Annual Conference Committee. If accepted, these sessions will not be labeled as affiliated society sessions.

Affiliated societies are responsible for the costs of audio visual equipment for their session and/or business meeting above and beyond the standard session or meeting set-up. If any other services or AV are required for the affiliated society session and/or business meeting, they must be requested and must be paid for by the affiliated society. Given that the conference program is very full, sessions and meetings must begin and end promptly to avoid schedule conflicts.

All affiliated society session participants must have individual CAA membership and be registered for the conference or purchase a single-time-slot admission ticket for their session. Affiliated society members who wish to attend sessions, including their affiliated society session, must register for the conference. Attendance at the affiliated society business meeting does not require CAA membership or conference registration. Conference registration options will be listed on the conference website when online registration opens.


The affiliated societies' listserv is a forum for the groups to post announcements, press releases, and other information, as well as to enhance communication among the groups or with CAA staff. All affiliated societies are encouraged to participate actively.


Liaison between affiliated societies and CAA is maintained by the director of communications and marketing and the officers of the affiliated societies. The executive officer of an affiliated society or his or her representative may be invited to a CAA board meeting to act as a resource person when, in the opinion of the CAA president, issues arise in which his or her expertise is needed.


Download an application to become an affiliated society. For further information, please contact Aakash Suchak, Grants and Special Programs Manager, at at 212-392-4435. For membership questions, contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1.