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CAA Awards for Distinction

By honoring outstanding member achievements, CAA reaffirms its mission to encourage the highest standards of scholarship, practice, connoisseurship, and teaching in the arts. With these annual awards, CAA seeks to honor individual artists, art historians, authors, curators, and critics whose accomplishments transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.

For more information about a particular award, and to read lists of past recipients and jury citations, click the name of that award in the “Also in This Section” menu to the right.

2017 Winners 

The Winners of the 2017 CAA Awards for Distinction include Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Joan Marter, Patricia Mainardi, Virginia Derryberry, and many other scholars, artists, authors, and teachers. The CAA Awards for Distinction will be presented during Convocation at the CAA Annual Conference on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 PM at the New York Hilton Midtown.

2016 Winners

CAA announced the recipients of the 2016 Awards for Distinction and formally recognized the fifteen plus honorees during Convocation at the 104th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Wednesday evening, February 3, 2016, 5:30–7:00 PM. For last year’s winners and jury citations, click the name of the award in the “Also in This Section” menu to the right and scroll down.


Please direct questions regarding the Awards for Distinction to Tiffany Dugan, CAA director of programs, at tdugan@collegeart.org or call 212.392.4410.

For information on the administration of awards, deadlines, and current nomination process, contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, at kapsey@collegeart.org or call 212.392.4405.

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