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CAA has named John Davis, Katy Rogers, and Kenneth Wissoker to our Board of Directors as appointed directors, each for a four-year term. CAA’s appointed directors bring experience and perspectives that complement the strength and vision of the elected members of CAA’s board. The extent of scholarship, leadership, and professional accomplishment of the three new appointed directors will be invaluable to CAA as we begin strategizing as to how the organization can best serve our members and the art community at large in light of the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” said N. Elizabeth Schlatter, President of CAA. “We are exceedingly grateful for the service and dedication of these appointed directors as well as that of all of our board members who volunteer so much time and commitment to our field.” 

John Davis

John Davis is a historian of the art and architecture of the United States. For twenty-five years, he served on the faculty of Smith College, where he taught in the art history and American studies programs, chaired the Art Department, and served as Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development. In 2017, he joined the Smithsonian Institution as Provost and Under Secretary of Museums, Education, and Research, with responsibility for nineteen museums, nine research institutes, twenty-two libraries, fellowships and internships, and the National Zoo. He is currently serving as the Interim Director, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York City. He has been a visiting professor in Japan, Belgium, and France and is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society. His most recent publication is Art of the United States, 1750-2000: Primary Sources (2020), coauthored with Michael Leja. 

Katy Rogers

Katy Rogers is vice president and secretary of the Dedalus Foundation, where she also serves as the Programs Director and Director of the Robert Motherwell catalogue raisonné project. A graduate of the University of Colorado, she received her MA in Art History from Hunter College. She is also an alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program (ISP) where she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow. She is the co-author of the catalogue raisonné of Motherwell’s paintings and collages (Yale University Press 2012), and of Robert Motherwell: 100 Years (Skira 2015). She is currently working on a catalogue raisonné of Motherwell’s drawings to be published by Yale University Press in fall 2022. Since 2013, she has been the President of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association where she co-organized the 2015 conference “The Catalogue Raisonné and its Construction” and the 2018 conference “The Afterlife of Sculptures: Posthumous Casts in Scholarship, the Market, and the Law.” 

Ken Wissoker

Ken Wissoker is Senior Executive Editor at Duke University Press, acquiring books across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. He joined the Press as an Acquisitions Editor in 1991; became Editor-in-Chief in 1997; was named Editorial Director in 2005; and assumed his current position in 2020. In addition to his duties at the Press, he serves as Director of Intellectual Publics at The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City. He has published more than a thousand books which have won over one hundred and fifty prizes. He has written on publishing for The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Scholarly Kitchen, and Cinema Journal, and writes a column for the Japanese cultural studies journal “5.” He speaks regularly on publishing at universities in the United States and around the world.  

About CAA Appointed Directors

Appointed directors bring a variety of views and skills that contribute to CAA’s growth and stability as a professional support organization. In February 2010, CAA members approved an amendment to Article VII, Section IV of the organizational By-laws to establish a new category of appointed director. Learn more.  

Isimeme Omogbai.

CAA is pleased to announce Isimeme (Meme) Omogbai as its next executive director in an executive search process guided by Arts Consulting Group. Omogbai succeeds David Raizman, who has served as CAA’s interim executive director since July 2019. Omogbai begins at CAA on March 30, 2020.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Meme Omogbai to CAA as Executive Director,” says Jim Hopfensperger, President of CAA. “The Search Committee conveyed its confidence that Meme will apply her unique administrative experiences, striking energy, and clear vision to the important work ahead at this key moment in the Association’s history.”

As executive director, Omogbai is an employee of the CAA Board of Directors and serves as the Association’s chief executive officer. In this role, she will work with board members, committees, and task forces to develop the Association’s strategic plans. Omogbai’s experience in resource management and the museum world will greatly benefit the membership and the larger visual arts, design, education, and cultural communities with whom CAA works. Omogbai will oversee a wide variety of initiatives, including the CAA Annual Conference, an advocacy program, member services activities, the career center, fellowships, grants and opportunities offered by CAA, and the publications program, which includes The Art Bulletin, Art JournalArt Journal Open, and

“I am joining CAA at an unprecedented period in world history as people across the globe are trying to understand what COVID-19 means for their families, communities and organizations. As I embark on this new role, I want to emphasize that maintaining the health, well-being, and safety of our staff, membership, and stakeholders is and will always be a top priority,” says Omogbai. “We have seen examples of the indomitable human spirit overcome adversity. Art inspired by challenging experiences is a common thread for many of the world’s most distinguished creative minds. Now more than ever there is a need to provide access to robust edifying visual arts experiences that are inclusive of diverse practices and practitioners for every adult and child, professional and student, nationality and race across the globe. Together we can achieve these objectives. With CAA as the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts, promoting these arts and their understanding, we will have the opportunity to perform an invaluable service to humanity.”

Before joining CAA, Omogbai served as a member and past Board Chair of the New Jersey Historic Trust, one of four landmark entities dedicated to preservation of the state’s historic and cultural heritage and Montclair State University’s Advisory Board. Named one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, Omogbai arrives with over 25 years of diversified experience in corporate, government, higher education, and museum sectors.

As the first American of African descent to chair the American Alliance of Museums, Omogbai led an initiative to rebrand the AAM as a global, inclusive alliance. While COO and Trustee, she spearheaded a major transformation in operating performance at the Newark Museum and achieved four consecutive years of 4-star ratings for superior management. During her time as Deputy Assistant Chancellor of New Jersey’s Department of Higher Education, Omogbai received Legislative acknowledgement and was recognized with the New Jersey Meritorious Service Award for her work on college affordability initiatives for New Jersey families.

Omogbai received her MBA in Finance & Management Consultancy from Rutgers University and holds a CPA. She did post-graduate work at Harvard University’s Executive Management Program and has earned the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant. She studied global museum executive leadership at the J. Paul Getty Trust Museum Leadership Institute, where she also served on the faculty.

Meet the New CAA Board Members

posted by February 24, 2020

From left to right: Lara Ayad, Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez, Tiffany Holmes, and Nada Shabout

The results of the 2020 CAA Board of Directors Election were presented at the CAA Annual Business Meeting, Part II on Friday, February 14 at 2:00 PM at the 108th CAA Annual Conference in Chicago.

We are grateful to all the candidates who put forward their names for consideration this year. The 2019-20 Nominating Committee selected six candidates for election for four-year terms, and—new this year— two Emerging Professional candidates, who were eligible for a two-year term.⁠ Voters were asked to select four of the six candidates for four-year terms, and one candidate in the Emerging Professional category.

CAA Board of Directors Election

We congratulate Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez, Tiffany Holmes, and Nada Shabout on their election by CAA membership for four-year terms and Lara Ayad on her election for a two-year term as the inaugural Emerging Professional board member.

Learn more about the new members:

Lara Ayad
Assistant Professor, Art History
Skidmore College

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Oklahoma State University

Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez
Interdisciplinary visual artist
Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

Tiffany Holmes
Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Maryland Institute College of Art

Nada Shabout
Professor of Art History
University of North Texas

About the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the Association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures.

Thank you to all those who voted!

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Vote for CAA’s 2020 Board of Directors

posted by January 06, 2020

As a CAA member, voting is one of the best ways to shape the future of your professional organization. Thank you for taking the time to vote! Scroll down to meet this year’s candidates and submit your online voting form.

2020 CAA Board of Directors candidates, clockwise from top left: Ixchel Ledesma, Janet Bellotto, Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez, Lara Ayad, Tiffany Holmes, Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Robin Landa, and Nada Shabout

2020 CAA Board of Directors Election

The CAA Board of Directors comprises professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms. The Board is charged with CAA’s long-term financial stability and strategic direction; it is also the Association’s governing body. The board sets policy regarding all aspects of CAA’s activities, including publishing, the Annual Conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy, and committee procedures. For more information, please read the CAA By-laws on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments.

Meet the Candidates

The 2019–20 Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates for election to the CAA Board of Directors. Click the names of the candidates below to read their statements and resumes before casting your vote.

Board of Director Candidates (Four-Year Term, 2020-2024)

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Janet Bellotto
College of Arts & Creative Enterprises,
Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez
Interdisciplinary visual artist
Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
New York, New York

Tiffany Holmes
Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

Robin Landa
Distinguished Professor of Design
Kean University
Union, New Jersey

Nada Shabout
Professor of Art History
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Emerging Professional Board of Director Candidates (Two-Year Term, 2020-2022)

Lara Ayad
Assistant Professor, Art History
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York

Ixchel Ledesma
Independent Curator
Mexico City, Mexico

CAA members must cast their votes for board members online using the form below; no paper ballots will be mailed. The deadline to vote is 6:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Submit Your Vote Below

Use the scroll bar on the right side of the form to scroll down, make your choices, and submit.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Jalet, executive liaison, at (212) 392-4434 or

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Notice of CAA 108th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 11, 2019

College Art Association
Notice of 108th Annual Business Meeting
Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60605
Wednesday, February 12 and Friday, February 14, 2020

The 108th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, February 12th, during Convocation at the 2020 Annual Conference, in the Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) of the Hilton Chicago.

CAA President, Jim Hopfensperger, will preside. As is CAA’s custom, the Annual Business Meeting will be held in two parts:


The Agenda for the first part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

I. Welcome – Jim Hopfensperger, CAA President

II. Interim Executive Directors Report – David Raizman – Presentation of CAA Awards for Distinction

III. 2019 Professional Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History — Anne Collins Goodyear, Suzanne Blier, DeWitt Godfrey

IV. Keynote Address – Amanda Williams

After the Keynote Address, the Annual Business Meeting will be recessed and will re-convene on Friday, February 14, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CDT on the 4th floor, Room 4A of the Hilton Chicago. The Agenda for Part II of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

V. Approval of Minutes of 107th Annual Business Meeting, February 23, and 25, 2019 


VI. Financial Report: Roberto Tofolo, CAA Chief Financial Officer

VII. Old Business

VIII. New Business

  • Results of Election of New Directors — Jim Hopfensperger, CAA President

IX. Open discussion with members, Board and staff


If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, kindly complete a proxy online to appoint the individuals named thereon to (i) vote, as directed by you, for directors, and, at their discretion, on such other matters as may properly come before the Annual Business Meeting; and (ii) to vote in any and all adjournments thereof. CAA Members will be notified when the proxy for casting votes becomes available — online in late December 2019. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, February 13, 2020.


Next Meeting – 2021

The 109th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will be held in New York in 2021, and again will be divided into two parts – Part I at Convocation on Wednesday, February 17, and Part II a meeting and open discussion on Friday, February 19, 2021.


December 6, 2019

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CAA 107th Annual Business Meeting Minutes

posted by December 11, 2019

NY, NY 10019


Annual Business Meeting – Part One
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:00–7:30 p.m.

Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s Executive Director and CEO, welcomed attendees to the Convocation and to the Association’s 107th Annual Meeting of its members.

O’Hanian introduced Thomas Finkelpearl, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, who greeted the attendees on behalf of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

O’Hanian then introduced N. Elizabeth Schlatter, CAA’s Vice President for Annual Conference, who extended greetings on behalf of CAA President, Jim Hopfensperger, who was unable to attend due to the cancellation of his flight.

Awards were presented by past CAA presidents: Paul Jaskot, Nicola Courtwright, Dewitt Godfrey, Judy Brodsky and Anne Collins Goodyear.

The keynote address was given by Joyce C. Scott, sculptor, craftsperson and 2016 MacArthur Fellow.


Annual Business Meeting – Part Two
Friday, February 15, 2019
2:00–3:00 p.m.

On Friday, February 15, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., President Hopfensperger called to order Part Two of CAA’s Annual Business Meeting.

Hopfensperger called on Executive Director, Hunter O’Hanian, to report the number of proxies received by the Executive Committee from CAA’s membership. The Executive Committee received 247 proxies, thus creating a quorum to allow voting at the meeting.

Hopfensperger called for the approval of the minutes of the February 21, 2018 Annual Business Meeting held in Los Angeles, California. Tiffany Dugan moved to approve the minutes and Nick Obourn seconded the motion; the minutes were approved.

O’Hanian called on Teresa Lopez, CAA’s Chief Financial Officer, to give the financial report for

Fiscal year 2018. Lopez stated that the Association ended fiscal year 2018 with a deficit of $58,145.

The deficit was lower than the preceding two years since the Association, in 2018, made a 25% reduction in permanent staff costs. CAA’s efforts to match budget expenses to projected revenues continue.

As of June 30, 2018, there were 8,435 individual members, 461 organizational members, and an additional 651 subscribers to The Art Bulletin and/or Art Journal handled through CAA’s co-publisher, Taylor & Francis.

The fair market value of CAA’s investment portfolio on June 30, 2017 was $9,838,150. On June 30, 2018 the balance was $9,514,313.40.  The portfolio continues to be handled by the investment firm of Boston Trust and Investment Management Company under the supervision of the Finance Committee of CAA’s Board of Directors.

Copies of the audited financial statement for FY 2018 compared with FY2017 are available from Ms. Lopez or as a pdf on CAA’s website.

The Board of Directors has elected a new Treasurer, David Raizman, for a four-year term beginning in October 2018.

The number of attendees for this Annual Conference stood at 5,462 as of Friday afternoon, February 15th, 2019.

Hopfensperger called for Old Business. There was none.

Hopfensperger called for New Business and announced the results of the election for new members of the Board of Directors. With 416 votes cast by the CAA membership, the following four individuals were elected to the Board to serve a 4-year term starting in May 2019.

Lynne Allen
Niku Kashef
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
Jennifer Rissler

Hopfensperger expressed appreciation for the candidates’ willingness to serve CAA.

Hopfensperger then reported on the resolution to amend the by-laws. With 416 votes cast by the members, the proposed amendments passed, as presented, with 82% of those voting voted in favor of the amendments, 5% voted against and 13% abstained.  Therefore, the by-laws of College Art Association were amended as presented.

With all official business completed, and no other discussion items proposed, President Hopfensperger called the meeting to a close.


Respectfully submitted,
Melissa Hilliard Potter, Secretary
College Art Association
March 6, 2019


Next Meeting 

Part One of the 108th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association in 2020 will take place in Chicago, Illinois – Part I during Convocation on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and Part Two on Friday, February 14, 2020.  

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Nada Shabout

posted by December 03, 2019


As a member of CAA, I have been a witness to its progress in different directions and aspects. At this moment of time, however, I am more interested to see CAA further grow in diversity and inclusion of subjects, membership and global connections. Given the current worldwide calls to decolonize art history and practice, CAA can play a pivotal role to facilitate this in the US, and consequently in a wider sphere of influence. For the survival, strengthening and to remain effective, this is the future direction I see for CAA. Moreover, my goal as an art historian who specializes in modern Arab art is to continue to reinforce the field of study that I helped build in academia and push for its further recognition and inclusion in the canon of art history as an equal sphere of knowledge, history and production. It is within these two interrelated scopes that I would locate my contributions and accomplishments as a board member. I want to see CAA become a more active participant in exacting change in the fields it represents and I want to see Arab art become part of its mainstream representation.

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Scherezade Garcia-Vazquez

posted by December 03, 2019


I am running for the CAA Board because, as both an artist and an educator, my mission is to cultivate a creative space for all further. Working under an art institution as an Assistant professor and mentor regularly teach me this; that creative opportunity, freedom, and accessibility are of utmost importance. One of the most rewarding experiences for me has been teaching diverse groups of first-year students, and senior thesis students from all over the world and developing lesson plans for inter-disciplinarian practices and Art History. This environment profoundly resonates with my creative work around the politics of inclusion within my own art practice. In addition to serving as an educator, I have extensive advising experience with students of color as coordinator of the Altos de Chavon/Parsons partnership, advising Dominican and Latinx students through their college experience. Through this mentoring experience, I have also reached out to African American, Asian, and Middle Eastern students to navigate them through school and make sure their communities are represented. I also organize lectures and activities to both maintain and cultivate those communities within the university to help expose them to opportunities within their fields. As a board member, my immediate priorities would include diversifying our membership through community outreach, artistically and politically engaging more people, and facilitating more democratic decision-making within a renowned association. I am eager to play a role in utilizing the CAA’s resources to continue supporting artists, aligning myself with its academic, creative, and professional values. I believe the CAA needs more artists serving on its board to ensure a cohesive, effective, and grounded advocacy of the arts. The CAA is the body that ties our art advocacy work to our communities. I wish to uphold its inclusive legacy.

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Ixchel Ledesma

posted by December 03, 2019


I am an independent curator from Mexico City with vast experience in assembling international transdisciplinary exhibitions. My curatorial practice mainly revolves around exploring the relationships between body and territory through different artistic mediums. My research touches on topics of migration, feminism, politics of visibility and space. I am interested in assembling exhibitions that put into question gender binary concepts and propose alternative dynamics of power between bodies and spaces. A very important aspect of my practice is to gather artists from different backgrounds in order to observe how they approach the concept of territory. From my ongoing research about bodies and spaces I have become very interested in the notion of representation.

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Robin Landa

posted by December 03, 2019


It’s been a good number of years since that brisk January morning when I had my first interview for a full-time teaching position at the CAA conference career center. What would be my first of dozens of annual conferences was dizzying — I was surrounded by so many others who also were passionate about the disciplines that fueled me. At that early stage of my career, I hadn’t realized I was beginning a lifelong relationship with a multifaceted arts organization.

As a senior faculty member at Kean University, where I hold the title of Distinguished Professor in the Michael Graves College, and through my role as a Co-Chair of Design Incubation, I have dedicated a great deal of time to mentoring junior faculty. Engaged inquiry enhances my career; I work to ensure others can pursue their research interests productively, as well as connect scholarship and teaching. At Kean University, I actively guide junior faculty through reappointment and tenure, usher their career pursuits of scholarship, and introduce them to editors, agents and arts organizations, such as CAA, Design Incubation, AIGA, and the One Club, among others. At Design Incubation, I work with our Research Fellows during our annual program and beyond to encourage and facilitate their projects.

With extensive graduate coursework in art history, a Master of Fine Arts in painting, a graphic design practice, and twenty-three published books and numerous articles, I am in a unique position to understand how visual artists, art historians, designers and educators can collaborate and cross pollinate. Publishers have translated many of my books into Spanish, Chinese and Russian, including Graphic Design Solutions, 6th ed., Advertising by Design, 3rd ed., Draw!, and Nimble: Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age. Many of my published articles bridge the divide between visual arts disciplines and draw upon other arts, such as dance, literature, and music. Whether fostering T-shape thinking in the classroom, or prompting colleagues to utilize a bisociative framework, I seek to expand ways to interpret the world.

For years, I have worked relentlessly to foster inclusion and diversity in the graphic design and advertising professions. I received a Human Rights Educator award for my work with The Enough Project.

I want to represent all disciplines, widen reach, foster tolerance, and increase understanding to help guide the future direction of CAA. Empowerment of members. Advocacy. Diversity. Inclusion. Access. I hope to take a lead on these urgent issues, providing lifetime career contexts for members, working towards CAA’s goals.

For CAA to stay agile, we must focus on dynamic career demands and how culture, technology and the global economy are transforming the visual arts professions. Such transformations deserve vigorous debate. Through greater outreach to designers, art directors, architects, and educators and building affiliations, we can establish wider participation and greater engagement. As a design educator, an artist, author, a chair of Design Incubation, and faculty mentor, promoting the visual arts comes naturally to me. I hope you will allow me to enlarge my lifelong relationship with CAA.

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