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Every year at its Annual Conference in February, CAA gives its prestigious Distinguished Awards to professionals in the visual 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. We share a closer look at the careers of two individuals who received Distinguished Awards, Zahira Véliz Bomford and Fred Hagstrom.

Watch this video to learn more about Zahira Véliz Bomford, who received CAA’s 2022 CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation, and her career as an art conservator and art historian. The CAA/American Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation recognizes outstanding contributions by one or more persons who, individually or jointly, have enhanced understanding of art through the application of knowledge and experience in conservation, art history, and art. The joint award with AIC was first presented in 2016. Between 1991 and 2015, the award was known as the “CAA/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation.”


This video looks at the career of Fred Hagstrom, recipient of CAA’s 2022 Distinguished Teaching of Art award. The Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, established in 1972, is presented to an individual who has been actively engaged in teaching art for most of their career. This award is presented to an artist of distinction who has developed a philosophy or technique of instruction based on their experience as an artist; has encouraged their students to develop their own individual abilities; and/or has made some contribution to the body of knowledge loosely called theory and understood as embracing technical, material, aesthetic, and perceptual issues.


Do you know a colleague or a mentor who deserves recognition for their work? Nominate someone today who you feel should be honored for their work in the field.

CAA’s Distinguished Awards to individuals include the following areas:

All nominations are due  September  1.

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