posted by CAA — Jan 25, 2018
Honorees this year include Pepón Osorio, Firelei Báez, Kellie Jones, Joseph Masheck, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Lowery Stokes Sims, and many other scholars, artists, authors, and teachers
CAA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 21-24, 2018
CAA is pleased to announce the recipients and finalists of the 2018 Awards for Distinction and the creation of a new Award for Excellence in Diversity. Honorees this year are among the leading scholars, artists, teachers, and authors in the field of visual arts. The CAA Awards for Distinction are presented during Convocation at the CAA Annual Conference on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00PM at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The CAA Annual Conference runs from February 21-24, 2018.
Among the winners this year is Pepón Osorio, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement. Osorio is the first artist of Puerto Rican descent to receive the award from CAA. Drawing on his childhood in Puerto Rico and his adult life as a social worker in the Bronx, Osorio creates meticulous installations incorporating the memories, experiences, and cultural and religious iconography of Latino communities and family dynamics. “The work is created when I bring together where I am and where the rest of society is,” said Osorio in an Art21 documentary about his work. Osorio is a professor in the Community Arts Practices Program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is also the recipient of a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship, among many other awards and fellowships.
Firelei Báez is the winner of the 2018 Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work. Báez was born in the Dominican Republic and works in New York City. Her work on paper, canvas, and in sculpture explores black female subjectivity, myth, and science fiction. Baez is a creator of fantastical figures that transmute through ornate pattern and vivid color. She has held residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Center, Fine Arts Work Center, Lower East Side Print Shop, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, and is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Award in Painting, the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting, and the Chiaro Award from Headlands Center for the Arts.
The newly created Award for Excellence in Diversity recognizes the work of an individual in the visual arts whose commitment to inclusion in scholarship or in practice stands out as groundbreaking and unifying.
The inaugural winner of the Award for Excellence in Diversity is Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in Art History and Archeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Jones’s research and teaching concerns African American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin American artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory. Her most recent book, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, was published by Duke University Press in 2017.
CAA will also award for the first time two Distinguished Feminist Awards, one to a visual artist and one to a scholar. The winners of the 2018 Distinguished Feminist Awards are Lynn Hershman Leeson (visual artist) and Lowery Stokes Sims (scholar).
In publishing, CAA recognizes the achievements of several authors and editors.
Charles Rufus Morey Book Award
Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art, Yale University Press, 2017
Laura Anne Kalba
Color in the Age of Impressionism: Commerce, Technology, and Art, Penn State University Press, 2017
The Art of Philosophy: Visual Thinking in Europe from the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment, Princeton University Press, 2017
The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China University of Washington Press, 2017
Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award
Barbara Drake Boehm and Melanie Holcomb, editors
Jerusalem, 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016
Wanda M. Corn
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, Brooklyn Museum, DelMonico Books, Prestel, 2017
Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, Yale University Press, 2016
Robert Cozzolino, Anne Classen Knutson, and David M. Lubin, editors
World War I and American Art, Princeton University Press, 2016
Pilar Silva Maroto
Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition, Thames & Hudson, 2016
Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions
Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, Grey Art Gallery, New York University and DelMonico Books, Prestel, 2017
Jane A. Sharp, editor
Thinking Pictures: The Visual Field of Moscow Conceptualism, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 2016
Kevin Sharp, editor
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art, University of Oklahoma Press, 2016
Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism
The Concrete Body: Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Vito Acconci, Yale University Press, 2016
Art Journal Award
“Curating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Inuit Knowledge in the Qallunaat Art Museum,” Art Journal, Summer 2017
Nazar Kozak, “Art Embedded into Protest: Staging the Ukrainian Maidan,” Art Journal, Spring 2017
Allison Young, “Visualizing Apartheid Abroad: Gavin Jantje’s Screenprints of the 1970s,” Art Journal, Fall/Winter 2017
Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize
Aaron M. Hyman
“Inventing Painting: Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa, and New Spain’s Transatlantic Canon,” The Art Bulletin, June 2017
AWARDS FOR DISTINCTION IN TEACHING, WRITING ON ART, AND CONSERVATION
Helen Frederick is the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Teaching of Art Award.
Edward S. Cooke, Jr., and Alex Potts are the winners of the 2018 Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award.
Joseph Masheck is the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art.
The CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation award for 2018 will be given to Paul Messier.
Learn about the juries that select the recipients of the CAA Awards for Distinction.
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