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Board of Directors Election

Charles Wright, Western Illinois University


Charles Wright, Western Illinois University

I joined CAA as a graduate student working toward an MFA in sculpture. When I became chair of the Department of Art at Coastal Carolina University, CAA was a priceless resource, and I valued the professional connections that membership afforded me. CAA’s Standards and Guidelines helped me become an effective leader. As a board member, I will seek to play a more significant role in the ongoing development of these standards.

For the last three years I have chaired CAA’s Professional Practices Committee, during which time two new documents were developed and six existing standards were revised. My experience leading the group has convinced me that committee membership is one of the most significant ways one can contribute to the association’s ongoing growth and well-being. If elected, I will seek to diversify and increase committee service and participation.

In addition to twenty-six years’ experience as an artist, professor, and department chair, I have had significant leadership roles within arts institutions and held memberships in several professional arts organizations. I understand the role the visual arts play in the lives of individuals and communities, and I will bring this understanding, experience, and love of working with committed colleagues to CAA’s board.


Charles Wright is professor and chair of the Department of Art at Western Illinois University. A native of Conway, South Carolina, he received a BFA in sculpture at Kent State University in 1978 and an MFA in sculpture from Washington University in Saint Louis in 1983.

Wright first taught at Coastal Carolina University, where he was chair of the Department of Art for twelve years. For his work there, he earned a nomination for a Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecture Award. After authoring several feasibility reports and writing grants that resulted in substantial state funds for the department, he guided the art program through national accreditation. On his arrival to Western Illinois University, he led the art program through its own national accreditation.

For the past seventeen years, Wright has worked with arts organizations locally and nationally. He served on the board of directors of the Chapin Art Museum and as president of the board of directors of a county arts council, both in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is a member of the American Association of Museums, the National Council of Arts Administrators, Tri State Sculptors, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and CAA.

Wright produces large-scale sculptures with steel, wood, Plexiglas, and stone. His work is found in private and public collections in the Midwest and on the East Coast.


As a CAA member since 1968, I have served on numerous committees and was nominated for the board in the early 1970s.
I have known Charles Wright since we met at CAA’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia about twenty years ago. We have met frequently at the yearly CAA meetings, and I have grown to admire his administrative skill as well as his ability as an artist—I especially like his sculptures made from piano keyboards. I appreciate Charles’s understanding of how art history works with studio art, and the manner in which he integrates the two disciplines as department chair. Moreover, I have always been impressed by the manner in which he deals evenhandedly with racial issues. This note carries my strongest recommendation.
—Dewey F. Mosby, Director Emeritus, Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, 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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