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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 Nominations 

CAA has begun accepting nominations for the 2017 awards. Recipients of the 2017 Awards for Distinction will be announced at a special awards ceremony to be held at the 105th Annual Conference in New York, NY, on Wednesday evening, February 15, 2017.

Please review the nomination guidelines to familiarize yourself with the nomination process and to download, complete, and submit the required materials to the Programs Department and the awards juries. Deadline: July 31, 2016, for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Awards, and the Frank Jewett Mather Award; August 31, 2016, for all others.

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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