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CAA 108th Annual Business Meeting Minutes

posted by Allison Walters — Dec 04, 2020

College Art Association
108th Annual Business Meeting

Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 

Part I: February 12, 2020: Convocation, 6:00PM, Grand Ballroom

Part II: February 14, 2020: 2:00PM, Room 4A 

Part I: February 12, 2020

I. Welcome

David Raizman, Interim Executive Director, welcomed attendees to the Convocation and to the Association’s 108th Annual Business Meeting.

II. Executive Director’s report

Raizman noted that this year’s Annual Conference has approximately 375 ninety-minute sessions.

This year, in collaboration with the Committee on Women in the Arts, the conference offers a selection of sessions, papers, speakers, and related programming in celebration of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in the US. Approximately 50% of the conference’s content is focused on women-centered research, artistic presentations, and discourse.  Also, as of this year, the conference program is available only in a variety of digital formats, including the conference app and a downloadable pdf file.

President Jim Hopfensperger was not in attendance, and President-Elect N. Elizabeth Schlatter was ill and could not attend the conference.

III. Awards for Achievement

The awards for achievement were presented by former Presidents: Suzanne Blier, DeWitt Godfrey, Anne Goodyear.  The 2020 Professional Development Fellowships in Art History and Visual Art were presented by Raizman.

IV. Keynote address

Raizman introduced Amanda Williams, visual artist and architect, who presented the keynote address.


Part II: February 14, 2020

V. Call to Order

Raizman called the meeting to order.

VI. Approval of Minutes

Raizman asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held on February 13 and 15, 2019. Cunard made the motion, seconded by Blakely.  Motion was approved.

VII. Financial Report

Robert Tofolo, Chief Financial Officer, presented the financial report for the Association for the year ending June 30, 2019. The Association posted an operating deficit of $-167,000, versus a forecasted deficit of $-189,000 and against it original budget of $57,000.  The Association continues to work to budget expenses within projected revenue targets. Revenue totaled $3,523,000 against expenses of $3,690,000.

As of June 30, 2019, there were 7,773 (8,435, -8%) individual members. There were 464 (461) organizational members and an additional 617 (651, -5%) subscribers to The Art Bulletin and/or Art Journal through the Association’s co-publisher Taylor and Francis.

The market value of the investment portfolio as of June 30, 2019 was $9,609,945 versus the prior year balance of $9,514,314.

Copies of the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2019 are available and they will be posted as a PDF on the Association’s website.

The Executive Director search is ongoing, conducted by the search committee comprising  Directors and staff members.

The number of attendees at this Annual Conference stands at 3,300 as of this afternoon.

VIII. Election of Board Members

Julia Sienkewicz, Vice President for Committees, presented the results of the elections of new members to the Board.  The following four members were elected to the Board by the membership to serve a four-year term starting in May 2020:

  • Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
  • Scherezade Garcia-Vazquez
  • Tiffany Holmes
  • Nada Shabout

The following member was elected to the Board as an Emerging Professional Director to serve a two-year term starting in May 2020:

  • Lara Ayad

IX. Old Business

Raizman called for old business. There was none.

X. New Business

Raizman called for new business. There was none.

XI. Adjournment

Raizman adjourned the meeting.





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