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Board of Directors Election

Doralynn Pines, independent art historian and consultant

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Doralynn Pines, independent art historian and consultant

Having been a CAA member for over thirty years, I look forward to devoting significant time and effort to supporting the goals of the organization. Currently I cochair the Committee on Intellectual Property, which has just finished a complete reworking of the Intellectual Property and the Arts section of the website. This committee recently collaborated with the Museum Committee in developing a survey that will ascertain member views on image rights and reproductions.

As associate director for administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I acquired a broad range of management and financial skills. I have served on numerous nonprofit boards and chaired several board committees. As a CAA board member, I would use my expertise to strengthen collaborative efforts among the organization’s various constituencies: artists, art historians, art librarians and archivists, and museum and visual-arts professionals. At the same time, I would support the fund-raising work of the organization and help to expand CAA membership in the United States and abroad.

Biography

Doralynn Pines is an independent art historian and consultant to museums and libraries. She is currently cochair of CAA’s Committee on Intellectual Property. She also serves on the board of the Shaker Museum and Library and chairs its Collections Committee. After several years on the board of the International Center of Medieval Art, she now chairs its Finance Committee. Pines is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Over the course of her career, she has studied issues in image rights, art publications, and museum storage, among others. Her scholarly interests range from medieval and Renaissance art to the art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Pines served on the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over thirty-five years, as executive manager, advisor, and administrator of museums and libraries. For the last thirteen years of her career at the museum, she was associate director for administration. Prior to that, she led the Watson Library, one of the largest museum libraries in America and the central research library of the museum.

Pines holds a PhD in art history from Columbia, an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and an MS in library science, also from Columbia.

Endorsement

Doralynn Pines would be an exceptional addition to CAA Board of Directors, and I urge all members to join me in voting for her. I am writing to support her nomination because of the outstanding way she runs the Finance Committee of the International Center of Medieval Art. As the committee chair, she has carefully thought out the long- and short-term needs of the organization and works to ensure its successful growth for the future. As a member of the committee, I recognize her interest in having all members participate in discussions while at the same time guiding meetings to successful conclusions. She has gained her ability to be a good chair and board member through her career.

Following her dissertation on early Italian Renaissance art, Doralynn was an outstanding chief librarian and then associate director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the museum, she became an expert on many issues, such as intellectual property, that are important to all CAA members—artists, art historians, independent scholars, academically affiliated members, and museum staffers. Her current consulting work makes her even more aware of what CAA can do to help the membership in this challenging environment.

Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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How to Vote

CAA members may vote for up to four candidates, including one write-in candidate (who must be a CAA member). The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to the board. CAA members may cast their votes and submit their proxies online; no paper ballots will be mailed. Please have your CAA user/member ID# and password handy when you are ready to vote. All voting must take place by 5:00 PM PST on Friday, February 24, 2012. CAA will provide a computer dedicated to the election in the registration area at the upcoming 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Barbara Nesin, CAA board president, will present the election results at the close of the next Annual Members’ Business Meeting, to be held on Friday, February 24, 2012, 5:30–7:00 PM (PST) in the West Hall Meeting Room 503, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California.

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