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CAA Awards for Distinction

By honoring outstanding member achievements, CAA reaffirms its mission to encourage the highest standards of scholarship, practice, connoisseurship, and teaching in the arts. With these annual awards, CAA seeks to honor individual artists, art historians, authors, curators, and critics whose accomplishments transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.

For more information about a particular award, and to read lists of past recipients and jury citations, click the name of that award in the “Also in This Section” menu to the right.

2017 Winners

CAA announced the recipients of the 2017 Awards for Distinction and formally recognized the thirteen honorees during Convocation at the 105th Annual Conference in New York, NY, on Wednesday evening, February 15, 2016, 5:30–7:00 PM. For last year’s winners and jury citations, click the name of the award in the “Also in This Section” menu to the right and scroll down.


Please direct questions regarding the Awards for Distinction to Tiffany Dugan, CAA director of programs, at or call 212.392.4410.

Nominations for the 2018 Awards will open in the spring. Check back for more details in May. For information on the administration of awards, deadlines, and current nomination process, contact Katie Apsey, CAA manager of programs, at or call 212.392.4405.