Mission Statement

The Radical Art Caucus (RAC) has, as its primary mission, the promotion of art and art historical scholarship that addresses historical and contemporary problems of oppression and possibilities for resistance.  We define radicalism as inquiry into the roots or origins of social problems.  RAC brings together scholars and artists who ground their work in the material knowledge of cultural conditions and practices related to critiquing fundamental issues of unequal distribution of resources, social hierarchies, and unjust political authority which affect disenfranchised populations in all periods of history.  The organization thus serves art professionals who focus on social class, gender, sexuality, race, the environment, warfare, personal ability, health, indigenous sovereignty, and other areas of social struggle. Furthermore, RAC seeks to provide an intellectual and professional environment for the discussion of labor and social justice issues specifically related to contemporary practices of art and art history.  RAC members will debate and advocate for a more critical institutional practice in order to promote radical democratic principles within and outside the academy.

 

The preceding Mission Statement was approved in spirit by a unanimous electronic vote of the RAC membership in December of 2010.  Because it was unclear whether this vote had met quorum, the Statement was voted on orally, and approved unanimously, a second time at the annual RAC Business Meeting, held at the College Art Association Conference, on February 14, 2013.

By-Laws

Approved at CAA, March 2, 2001, 5pm

It is the purpose of these By-Laws to provide a plan of governance for the Radical Art Caucus consistent with its application for affiliated status within the College Art Association.

I.      MISSION STATEMENT:

The Radical Art Caucus (RAC) has as its primary mission the promotion of art and art historical scholarship that addresses historical and contemporary problems of oppression and possibilities for resistance.  RAC brings together scholars and artists who ground their work in the material knowledge of cultural conditions and practices related to critiquing fundamental issues of unequal distribution of resources, social hierarchies, and unjust political authority which affect disenfranchised populations in all periods of history.  Furthermore, RAC seeks to provide an intellectual and professional environment for the discussion of labor and social justice issues specifically related to contemporary practices of art and art history.  RAC members will debate and advocate for a more critical institutional practice in order to promote radical democratic principles within and outside the academy.

II.      MEMBERSHIP

Membership in RAC shall consist of those holding a common interest in its goals and activities.  Minimal annual dues (in accordance with CAA requirements) will be determined and any changes voted on by members present at the annual meeting. Dues will be prorated to include members with diverse professional status and income levels.

III.      MEETINGS

RAC shall hold a business and information meeting during the time of and in the same city as the CAA annual meeting.  There shall be a minimum of one caucus meeting per year.  A quorum shall consist of those present at the meeting.

Each annual meeting should include a discussion of pressing political and historical problems related to artistic practice and art historical scholarship.  Suggestions will be taken as to potential themes for panel proposals to CAA and possible chairs for those panels.

IV.      VOTING

All RAC members shall be entitled to one vote except for the meeting chair whose vote may only be cast to break a tie vote of the membership.  Voting procedures will follow the written guidelines of the policies and procedures committee, which will be approved by a vote of the membership.

V.      OFFICERS

A.    Executive Officers:  RAC shall have 3 Executive Officers at all times. 

1.      Executive Officers shall serve 2-year terms.  At that point, the membership shall be polled for nominations to these positions. Voting shall take place anonymously through electronic and written communication with the Secretary.

2.      All RAC members are eligible to serve as Executive Officers.

3.      Executive Officers shall choose who serves as acting chair of the annual meeting.

4.      The primary duty of the Executive Officers is to coordinate a submission for a panel sponsored by RAC at CAA.  They will take suggestions at the annual meeting under advisement, propose a theme and chair, and follow up on necessary details as these arise.

B.     Treasurer: 

1.      The Treasurer shall serve a 3-year term and be elected by the membership as per the guidelines established for the Executive Officers.

2.      The primary duty of the Treasurer shall be to call for and collect dues as per the standards laid out by CAA.  Any changes to the dues structure shall be made through the Treasurer.

3.      The Treasurer shall use dues for any of the administrative costs incurred by RAC including, e.g., mailings.  All additional suggestions concerning spending of funds must go through the Treasurer before being voted on by the membership.

C.     Secretary:

1.      The Secretary shall serve a 3-year term and be elected by the membership as per the guidelines established for the Executive Officers.

2.      The Secretary is responsible for scheduling the annual meeting and reporting the minutes of that meeting to the membership.

3.      The Secretary is responsible for maintaining the main communication organ of RAC, the "Radical Art/Art History List" [RAHL], an e-mail listserve.  All RAC business and scholarly or creative activities will be reported to the membership on this listserve.

4.      The Secretary is responsible for assisting the Executive Officers and Treasurer as needed.

VI.      AMMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS

The By-Laws may be amended by any member of RAC through petition to the Secretary and approval by two-thirds of the voting membership.  Proposed changes or amendments shall be distributed to members no later than one month before consideration of the proposed change.

All matters not covered by these By-Laws shall be governed by vote of the membership at the annual business meeting in accordance with the approved voting procedures as established in Roberts Rules of Order.