It is the purpose of the Queer Caucus for Art: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus for Art, Artists & Historians to nurture and encourage the study of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history, theory, criticism, and studio practice in the arts; and to provide, through its various events, better communication among its members, the academic and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and the public at large.
These By-Laws provide a plan of governance for the Queer Caucus for Art consistent with its status as an affiliated society of the College Art Association of America.
Membership in the Queer Caucus for Art shall consist of those holding a common interest in its goals and activities. Annual dues will be determined and any changes voted on by members present at the annual meeting.
a. The Queer Caucus for Art shall hold a business meeting during the time of, and in the same city as, the College Art Association’s annual meeting, or at such time and place as shall be announced via a mailing to paid members with 45 days’ notice.
b. There shall be a minimum of one Queer Caucus for Art meeting per year.
c. A quorum shall consist of those present at the meeting.
IV. Decision Making
a. Decisions shall be made by modified consensus, in which decisions will be approved by consensus, or by a 4/5 vote if consensus cannot be reached.
b. Decision-making procedures will follow the written guidelines of the policies and procedures committee, which will be approved by the membership. [N.B. The procedures appeared in the September 1999 newsletter.]
V. Officers and Board of Directors
a. Officers shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Three co-chairs, representing the breadth and diversity of gender and sexual identities within the organization, who shall serve for staggered three-year terms. The co-chairs, with the help of the other officers and immediate past co-chairs, shall serve as administrators for the annual meeting and shall generally oversee the functions and activities of the Caucus.
2. A secretary, who shall serve for a term of two years. The secretary shall record the minutes of each meeting and distribute them at or before the next meeting by means of the newsletter. In the absence of the secretary, a temporary secretary may be appointed by the co-chairs from among those present at the meeting.
3. A treasurer, who shall serve for a term of two years. The treasurer is responsible for collection of membership dues and all other fiscal matters.
b. Officers shall be elected from the membership at the annual business meeting.
a. The co-chairs shall have the power to appoint members to ad hoc or standing committees with the approval of the membership at the annual business meeting.
b. Members or groups of members may form additional committees for which they find need, so long as the Co-Chairs are informed.
These By-Laws and subsequent amendments shall become effective as soon as they have been adopted by a consensus of the Queer Caucus for Art at the annual business meeting. All matters not covered by these By-Laws shall be governed by agreement of the membership at the annual business meeting in accordance with the approved procedures.
Approved at the annual business meeting, Chicago, Illinois, February 2001, updated at the business meeting, New York, February 2015.