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Learning and Cultural Resources

Art History Professional Organizations

College Art Association (CAA) Founded in 1911, the College Art Association promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art; facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among those interested in art and history of art; and fosters career development and professional advancement. Identifies and develops sources of funding for the practice of art and for scholarship in the arts and humanities.

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) This national association brings together archaeologists, art historians, and experts of ancient literature, all of whom share a common interest in the classical world and is historical development. The AIA allows specialists in several disciplines to exchange the results of recent scholarship and learn about current methods of archaeological research. The Annual Meeting in early January has many parallel sessions of papers with varied themes, and one can also learn about the latest archaeological discoveries.

North American Branch of AIEMA (the International Association for the Study of Ancient Mosaics) The study of ancient mosaics of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine origin is a major field of art historical research, internationally. Mosaic art was used not only to make decorative pavements but also to ornament walls and ceilings of buildings, both public and private. In North America, mosaic scholars, who deal with questions of artistic style and imagery and the identification of workshops, meet every few years with experts of ancient painting and stuccoes, which allows for a lively exchange of ideas about how these decorative arts relate to their architectural setting. Students are encouraged to attend these meetings. The next colloquium will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Art in October, 2017.

Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University (in Kalamazoo) Every year the Medieval Institute gathers together scholars in many academic areas, ranging from literature, art, and music to social and political history, for the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Papers are presented and there also occur panel discussions, roundtables, and performances. It is a multifaceted event, in which faculty members and students from Purdue University often participate.

European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum (EPCAF) was created in 2010 as a worldwide forum for scholars working on postwar and contemporary European art. Since then, EPCAF has organized numerous panels at conferences in the United States and in Europe, and launched a book series. By sharing information and exchanging ideas across the globe, EPCAF is expanding our knowledge and understanding of the history of art and criticism, and highlighting the different national methodologies that are brought to bear on these histories. 

Midwest Art History Society. The Midwest Art History Society brings together academic, museum-based, and independent art historians in the common goal of scholarly inquiry and the exchange of ideas.

Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Founded in 1942, SECAC provides advocacy and support for arts professionals and engenders opportunities for the exchange of scholarship and creative activities through an annual conference and publications. Though founded initially as an organization of artists, scholars, and arts professionals from the southeastern states, SECAC has grown to include individual and institutional members from across the United States and around the world, becoming the second largest national organization of its kind.

Career Development

Liberal Arts Career Development (LACD) is located in BRNG 1114 as part of the Liberal Arts Advising and Career Development Office. Its mission is to assist Liberal Arts students with clarifying career interests, seeking out job, internship or professional experience opportunities, writing resumes and cover letters, developing portfolios, learning about interviewing skills, and researching graduate and professional schools.

Purdue University Center for Career Opportunities prepares Purdue University students and graduates to launch successful careers by providing career development and job search services. It offers walk-in assistance, one-on-one counseling, workshops, tutorials, etc.

Global Museum is a regularly updated compendium of museum, art gallery, and nonprofit vacancies. Over 5,000 jobs have been posted here in the past year.

Work in the Arts provides a wide range of comprehensive career opportunities, listings, and valuable information on internships, fellowships, and career guidance.

Campus and Local Cultural Opportunities

Purdue Arts and Ideas - Educational. Inspirational. Awesome. Here you'll find cultural centers, theatres, art galleries — and that's just the beginning. Discover for yourself how entertainment and education combine in powerful ways at Purdue.

Purdue Galleries - The Purdue University Galleries offer a variety of art forms and exhibits throughout the year, featuring artwork from regional, national and international artists as well as the Galleries permanent collection.

Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries - The Rueff Galleries have the unique perspective of being a teaching and research space for students and faculty of the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue. 

Purdue Convocations - Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters.

Purdue News - Check the calendar for current events happening on campus.

Purdue Library On-Site and Online Exhibitions: Through internal and external partnerships, Archives and Special Collections has created a number of digital exhibitions to highlight the scope, content, and varied nature of our collections. Visit the online exhibits listed below to explore a part of Purdue history.

Tippecanoe Arts Federation Calender of Events
Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of arts. 

Lafayette/West Lafayette Visitors' Guide
Learn about Greater Lafayette, home of Purdue University.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
The museum features exhibitions in five different galleries, including its permanent collection.

Haan Mansion Museum
The mansion contains a very large collection of Indiana art, featuring the works of T. C. Steele and other Hoosier Group artists as well as the Brown County Art Colony.

Campus Research and Cultural Centers

Interlibrary Loan, a research service available to all undergraduates and very useful to those studying art history (see the Library website under ILL)

The Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center

Bruce Rogers - Typographer's Special Collection

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center

Black Cultural Center

Latino Cultural Center

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center

Native American Educational and Cultural Center

International Center


Museums and Collections

Design Museum (UK) - The museum is devoted to contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (US) - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.

Design Exchange (CANADA) - Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage.

Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung (GERMANY) - Provides a wide variety of insights into the topics of architecture, art and design.

Graphic Design Museum Breda (Netherlands) The permanent exhibition in the Graphic Design Museum portrays the history of this area of expertise in the Netherlands. In alignment with the rooms, three parts are set up in pre-war, post-war and recent (1980's) graphic design. 

Les Arts Décoratifs (PARIS) - Created to promote the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production.

Hamilton Woodtype Museum (US) - Hamilton Wood Type is a working museum and offers schools the opportunity for workshops, demonstrations, and lectures. 

MoMA (US) - The graphic design collection includes noteworthy examples of typography, posters, and other combinations of text and image.

Museum of Art & Design (US) - MODA advances the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages.

Museum of Design (SWITZERLAND)– The main thematic areas are design, visual communication, and architecture.

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