posted by CAA — Dec 22, 2022
I am honored to be nominated to serve on CAA’s Board of Directors. I believe strongly in CAA’s fundamental purposes and want to participate as actively as possible to assure its continued relevance and strength—for the good of its membership, its potential membership, and the broader needs of art and design.
By training and academic discipline, I am a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, primarily French and British, with a focus on material culture, in particular the history of dress. I have been active in the professional organizations associated with my research, particularly the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture and the Costume Society of America, and with CAA as a member of the Education Committee and a member, then chair, of the Professional Practices Committee. In my career at the University of North Texas I have served as department chair, Associate Dean in the College of Visual Arts and Design, and currently as Associate Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School, where my charge is the professional development of the nearly 12,000 graduate and professional students of a tier-one research university that is minority-serving and recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
My goal if elected to serve on the board is simple: to be of service. The mission of CAA as an organization is compelling, the moment is challenging, my expertise and skills are relevant, and I want to be of use.