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American Society for Aesthetics
The American Society for Aesthetics was founded in 1942 to promote study, research, discussion, and publication in aesthetics. “Aesthetics,” in this connection, is understood to include all studies of the arts and related types of experience from a philosophic, scientific, or other theoretical standpoint, including those of psychology, sociology, anthropology, cultural history, art criticism, and education. “The arts” include the visual arts, literature, music, and theater arts.
The ASA publishes the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the ASA Newsletter, and this web site. Both publications are free to members. The Society also meets annually in the fall and its regional divisions in the spring.
American Society for Aesthetics
Membership is open to all interested persons. Members receive print and electronic subscriptions to the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and the ASA Newsletter. To join the Society, click "Join ASA" at the top of the page or download a printable dues form. You can renew your membership up to 120 days before expiration by using the link that will appear on your profile page.
New Green Membership
The American Society for Aesthetics is pleased to announced that the ASA Board of Trustees has unanimously approved adding a "Green Membership" option, commencing on January 1, 2017.
The traditional print membership will continue, at the same dues rates in 2017 as 2016. Features of the Green Membership option include:
The switch to green membership can only occur at the end of a current member term on December 31. We regret that pro-rating existing memberships and providing rebates is not feasible for ASA. As all student memberships are for one-year only, all student members will be eligible for green membership when they renew January 1, 2017.
Membership renewals are available on the ASA site three months before expiration (October 1). The green membership option will be included for all memberships expiring 12/31/2016.
Currently, brand new members who join ASA in the last three months of the year are extended to 12/31 of the next calendar year. This will continue and new members joining in October-December 2016 may join as a green member for the entire period through 12/31/2017.
We caution that persons who expect to need print copies of JAAC or the ASA Newsletter in the future should decline the green membership option. ASA will not be able to provide print copies to authors published in JAAC, whether articles, discussion essays, or reviews.
The ASA is organized under the laws of Ohio as a nonprofit corporation. It has been ruled a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the United States Treasury Department, as an organization operated exclusively for educational purposes. Contributions, gifts, and bequests to the Society are deductible on Federal income tax returns, to the maximum extent allowed by law.
Officers and Trustees
President: Cynthia Freeland, University of Houston (2017)
11/16/2016 » 11/19/2016
ASA 74th Annual Meeting
3/31/2017 » 4/1/2017
Black Aesthetics: Questioning Aesthetics Symposium