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CAA 2023 Board of Directors Election: Vote Now!

posted by December 22, 2022

As a CAA member, voting is the best way to shape the future of your professional organization. Thank you for taking the time to vote!

The CAA Board of Directors is comprised of professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms (or, in the case of Emerging Professional Board members, two-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.


The 2022–23 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 bios/personal statements and CVs before casting your vote.


Denise Baxter 

Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, College of Visual Arts and Design

University of North Texas (Denton, TX)


Alex Bostic 

Associate Professor of Painting, Department of Art

Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS)


Radha Dalal

Associate Professor & Director of Art History

VCUarts Qatar (Doha, Qatar)


Sharon Hecker

Curator of exhibition Lucio Fontana’s Ceramics,

Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Milan, Italy)


Nozomi Naoi

Associate Professor of Art History & Head of Arts & Humanities Major

Yale-NUS College (Singapore)


Neeta Verma

Associate Professor in Visual Communication Design, Department of Art, Art History & Design
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)



Carolyn Jean Martin

PhD Candidate, David Driskell Fellow

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (Portland, ME)


Lauren Van Nest

Ph.D. Candidate, Art and Architectural History

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)


CAA members must cast their votes online. The deadline for voting is 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

The elected individuals will be announced at CAA’s Annual Business Meeting to be held from 1–2 p.m. ET on Friday, February 17, 2023.



Questions? Contact Maeghan Donohue, Chief of Staff and Manager, Strategic Planning, Diversity & Governance (


Filed under: Board of Directors, Governance

Notice of CAA 111th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 16, 2022

CAA Annual Business Meeting
Friday, February 17, 2023
1 p.m. ET 

The 111th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, February 17 at the 2023 Annual Conference at the New York Hilton Midtown. Access to this meeting is included in paid registration and can also be accessed by registering for no-cost registration. Once you have registered, please log into the online conference schedule to attend the meeting. CAA President, Jennifer Rissler will preside.


  1. Welcome + Call to Order – Jennifer Rissler, CAA President
  2. Executive Director’s Report – Meme Omogbai, CAA Executive Director + CEO
  3. Approval of 110th Annual Business Meeting Minutes [ACTION ITEM] 
  4. Financial Report 
  5. Old/New Business 
  6. Board Member Election Results – Jennifer Rissler, CAA President
  7. Adjourn

Board Voting

The 2023 Board of Directors slate will be announced on December 22, 2022 along with an online voting form. Please submit your vote for this election cycle via the online voting form no later than 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 16th, 2023.

Next Meeting – 2024 

The 112th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will be held in Chicago in 2024, precise date to be announced.

Filed under: Governance

CAA 110th Annual Business Meeting Minutes

posted by December 16, 2022

CAA Annual Business Meeting Minutes
Friday, February 18, 2022


  1. Welcome + Call to Order – N. Elizabeth Schlatter, CAA President
    1. N. Elizabeth Schlatter called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. CT.
    2. Land acknowledgements.
    3. Thanks paid to staff for their hard work bringing the 2022 Annual Conference to fruition.


  2. Executive Director’s Report  Meme Omogbai, CAA Executive Director + CEO 
    1. Meme Omogbai welcomed everyone to the 110th Annual Business Meeting and expressed regrets that this could not be an in-person convening as the pandemic necessitated a pivot to virtual meeting.
    2. CAA staff remains focused on meeting commitments to members, based on quantitative and qualitative analysis, surveys and other feedbacks consistent with the fundamentals of our strategic repositioning plan.
    3. CAA’s aim for the 2022 Annual Conference was to create a smaller, more digestible program of 200 vetted and guaranteed sessions in two components, in-person in February and virtual in March, based upon membership feedback.
    4. Throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of members has been CAA’s primary concern. Based on the information and the feedback received from members, specifically concerns about an in-person convening, and close monitoring of the COVID pandemic and omicron strain as well as CDC guidelines, it was decided that the CAA 2022 Annual Conference would pivot to an entirely virtual format while also maintaining the scheduled dates: February 16-19 and March 3-5, with all recordings available through April 14.
    5. It is important to note that during the decision-making process, while the Hilton Chicago remained open, CAA 2022 registration statistics were drastically below what was needed to fulfill the negotiated room block contractual obligations and registration goals.
    6. The pivot to virtual has provided increased access to virtual content, allowing conference attendance to expand and embrace a global audience. In this flexible and accessible format, individuals can hear session content on their own schedule between teaching, family care, and other obligations, including acknowledgement of the climate crisis.
    7. Pricing was also adjusted for virtual access. Everyone registered for all access/in-person was automatically converted to virtual from a rate of $249 to $199 and directed back to portal for self-service options: 1) credit $50 to the next membership renewal; 2) $50 tax deductible donation to CAA; or 3) refund of $50.
    8. This year’s pivot exemplifies our model of constant learning and improvement where we adjust our plans based on feedback and data received. This is just the beginning; as we continue with our repositioning, we will be able to improve our responsiveness and agility in the process of supporting CAA members.


  3. Approval of Minutes of 109th Annual Business Meeting [ACTION ITEM]
    1. Jennifer Rissler, CAA VP for External Relations, moved to approve the 109th Annual Business Meeting minutes. Niku Kashef, CAA VP for Diversity & Inclusion, seconded the motion.
    2. 81% of attendees (25 people) voted to approve; 19% of attendees (6 people) abstained. The minutes were approved.


  4. Financial Report – Georgia Harrell, CAA Treasurer + Robert Tofolo, CAA Head of Operations
      1. As of June 30, 2021, the association posted a breakeven operating budget with revenue including investment spinoff matching expenses and meeting our forecasts and budget expectations. The association continues to manage expenses within revenue means. Operating revenue totaled $3,001,778 verses prior year $3,321,000.
      2. Excerpts of the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2021 will be posted on the Association’s website. Complete audited financial statements have been provided and made available via and
      3. In March of 2021, the association received a second payroll protection loan of $352,195 as part of the national CARES Act. This loan was fully forgiven in February 2022.
      4. As of June 30, 2021, there were 6,095 individual members down 9% from 6,699 prior year; this is reflective of continued systemic and pandemic impacts. There were also 367 institutional members versus prior year numbers of 443.
      5. The market value of the association’s investment portfolio as of June 30 was $11,946,566 versus a prior year balance of 9,825,458 million. The portfolio continues to be managed by investment managers at Boston Trust, now named Boston Trust Walden Company, under the supervision of the finance committee of the CAA Board of Directors.Georgia Harrell presented the financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.
    1. Robert Tofolo presented an update on conference attendance and CAA’s strategic plan.
      1. As of today, February 18, 2022, 2038 attendees have registered for the 2022 conference. We will provide a final tally for attendance after March 5, 2022.
      2. In 2020, CAA implemented a five-year strategic plan to create a sustainable business model that can support operations and allow for endowment growth through responsible and streamlined operations. Although we are now operating within our means, we know that membership dues no longer support the operations of the association: combined revenues of dues, Annual Conference, and publications in fiscal 2021 only covered 63% of our operating expenses.
      3. In response to this, we are working to redesign our membership tiers in order to provide an accessible entry point to CAA.
      4. In November 2021 we introduced a new user portal which will function as a central nervous system for the member experience, enabling a unique “myCAA” experience tailored to each individual’s member journey.


  5. Old/New Business
    1. No old/new business was raised.


  6. Board Member Election Results – N. Elizabeth Schlatter, CAA President
    1. Gregory Gilbert, Nazar Kozak, Karen Leader, and Adity Saxena were elected to serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors, beginning in May 2022.
    2. Victoria McCraven was elected as an Emerging Professional Board member and will serve a two-year term.


  7. Adjourn


Respectfully submitted by Maeghan Donohue, CAA Manager of Strategic Planning, Diversity, and Governance.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Students from Rachel Stephens’ seminar on American portraiture at the University of Alabama visiting the Birmingham Museum of Art to view the exhibition, “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” in 2019.

In fall 2018, we announced CAA had received an anonymous gift of $1 million to fund travel for art history faculty and their students to special exhibitions related to their classwork. The generous gift established the Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions. We are happy to accept new applications again for this upcoming year.

The fund is designed to award up to $10,000 to qualifying undergraduate and graduate art history classes to cover students’ and instructors’ costs (travel, accommodations, and admissions fees) associated with attending museum special exhibitions throughout the United States and worldwide.  The purpose of the grants is to enhance students’ first-hand knowledge of original works of art. Interested members can also see recent awardees share their experiences at the session at the CAA Annual Conference at the session Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions: Sharing Stories.

Applications are due by January 15, 2023.


Filed under: Art History, Awards