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CAA Welcomes New Board Members

posted by March 02, 2018


The results of the 2018 CAA Board of Directors Election were presented at the CAA Annual Business Meeting, Part II on Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 PM at the 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles. We are grateful to all the candidates who put forward their names for consideration this year.

Six candidates were selected for election by the 2017-18 Nominating Committee for a four-year term running from 2018–22.

We congratulate Laura Anderson Barbata, Audrey G. Bennett, Dahlia Elsayed, and Alice Ming Wai Jim on their election to the CAA Board of Directors.

Read more about the new board members:

Laura Anderson Barbata statement and resume

Audrey G. Bennett statement and resume

Dahlia Elsayed statement and resume

Alice Ming Wai Jim statement and resume

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.

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As you know, CAA is a non-profit organization.  Last fall, our beloved Treasurer Jack Hyland passed away after more than twenty years of service to the Association. Board Member Peter Lukehart has agreed to serve as Interim Treasurer until a permanent new treasurer is found.

If you know someone, perhaps a spouse or friend of an existing CAA member, who knows their away around numbers (i.e., budgets, annual financial statements, etc.) who would be willing to serve the Association as its Treasurer, please contact Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian ( Elected by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer is a non-paid position and sits on the Board of Directors.  He or she works closely with the Association’s CFO to review financial statements.  It is estimated that this role takes approximately 5 hours of volunteer time per quarter, in addition to attendance at the Board of Directors meetings which are usually in February, May and October.

Notice of CAA 106th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 15, 2017

College Art Association
Notice of 106th Annual Business Meeting
Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, February 21 and Friday, February 23, 2018

The 106th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 21st, during Convocation at the 2018 Annual Conference, in Room 502A and B at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California.

CAA President, Suzanne Preston Blier, will preside. 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 – Hunter O’Hanian, CAA Executive Director and CEO
II. Presentation by Suzanne Preston Blier, CAA President
III. Executive Director’s Report – Hunter O’Hanian
IV. Presentation of CAA Awards for Distinction – Suzanne Preston Blier
V. 2018 Professional Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History
VI. Keynote Address – Charles Gaines, CalArt, School of Art.

After the Keynote Address, the Meeting will be recessed and will re-convene on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM in Room 403B, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Agenda for the second part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

VII. Approval of Minutes of 105th Annual Business Meeting, February 15 and 17, 2017 – see: 

VIII. Financial Report: Teresa Lopez, CAA Chief Financial Officer
IX. Old Business
X. New Business
XI. Results of Election of New Directors: Suzanne Preston Blier
XII. Open discussion with members, Board and staff

If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, please 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 early January 2018. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 PM PST Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Next Meeting – 2019
The 107th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will be held in New York in 2019, and again take place in two parts — with a call to order on February 13, and a second meeting and open discussion on February 15.

Roberto Tejada, Secretary
College Art Association

December 15, 2017

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CAA 105th Annual Business Meeting Minutes

posted by December 15, 2017

The College Art Association 105th Annual Business Meeting Minutes
New York Hilton Midtown Hotel
1335 Avenue of the Americas
NY NY 10019

February 15, 2017: Convocation, 5:30 p.m.
West/East Ballroom, 3rd Floor

February 17, 2017:  MY_CAA, 12:15 p.m.
East Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Part One

CAA’s President, Suzanne Preston Blier, welcomed attendees to CAA’s Convocation and to the Association’s 105th Annual Meeting of its members. While the Annual Meeting was scheduled to be held in two parts, Blier advised attendees that official items of the meeting would be covered on Friday, February 17th, from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. at the “My-CAA meeting, hosted by Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s new Executive Director and CEO.

Convocation proceeded with the President’s opening comments followed by the Awards ceremony, the Keynote Address with Mary Miller, and cocktails next to the East Ballroom.

CAA’s President, Suzanne Preston Blier addressed Convocation with the subject “Art Matters.” Here follows the link to President Blier’s comments:

Part Two

I. Call to Order – President’s Report – Suzanne Preston Blier
On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:15 p.m., President Blier called to order Part Two of the Annual Meeting in the East Ballroom.

II. Blier introduced Judith Rodenbeck the Annual Conference Chair who spoke of the success of the changes to the Annual Conference instituted by the Annual Conference Committee and other parties. Rodenbeck had received much positive feedback on the new, shorter session times (90 minutes) and the multitude of session options available to Conference attendees.

III. Report by Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s Executive Director and CEO

IV. President Blier asked for the approval of the minutes of the February3, 2016 Annual Business Meeting held in Washington, D. C. A motion was made to approve the 2016 minutes. The motion was seconded and the minutes were approved.

V. Blier/Hunter called on Teresa Lopez, CAA’s Chief Financial Officer, to give her financial report for Fiscal Year 2016.

Due to reduced membership enrollment, as well as lower attendance in at 2016 Washington DC annual conference, the Association ended fiscal year 2016 with a deficit of $326,000 including one-time expenses of $125,000.

As of the end of the last fiscal year, there were 9,027 individual members and 1,311 institutional members, including 735 library subscribers handled through Taylor & Francis. Last year’s deficit was funded from the Association’s reserves. The fair market value of CAA’s investment portfolio decreased from $9,644,074 on July 1, 2016 to $9,399,572 on June 30, 2016. CAA drew down $925,000 in that period.

In July 2016, the CAA Board of Directors hired a new executive director, Hunter O’Hanian. In the current year, we have seen an increase in total membership numbers and revenue. Registrations for this year’s annual conference have not only exceeded last year, but have also exceeded paid registrations from the 2015 annual conference in New York. The number of attendees for this Annual Conference stands at 3,236 as of this afternoon.

Over the next few months CAA staff and board will be working on budgets on for future years which will better match projected expenses to projected revenues.

Copies of the audited financial statements for FY2016 compared with FY2015 are available here and as a pdf on our website.

VI. President Blier called for Old Business. There was none.

VII. President Blier called for New Business. There was none.

VIII. Results of Board Election
President Blier stated that official business was completed and announced the results of the election of new directors. The following members have been elected to CAA’s Board of Directors:

Colin Blakely
Peter Lukehart
Melissa Hilliard Potter
Julia Sienkewicz

President Blier thanked all the candidates for their willingness to serve CAA.

Respectfully submitted,

Roberto J. Tejada, Secretary
College Art Association

March 22, 2017


Next CAA Annual Business Meeting  – 2018

The 106th Annual Meeting of the College Art Association will take place during Convocation on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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The CAA Board of Directors comprises professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-year terms. Please read the CAA By-laws on Nominations, Elections, and Appointments for more information on the process.

As of January 3, 2018, voting is open! Scroll down to meet the candidates and cast your vote.

The deadline for voting is 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Meet the Candidates

The 2017–18 Nominating Committee has selected a slate of six candidates for election to the CAA Board of Directors for the 2018–22 term. Click the names of the candidates below to read their statements and resumes before casting your vote. The candidates are:

About the Board

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.


CAA members may vote for up to four (4) candidates, including one write-in candidate (who must be a CAA member). The four candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to the board. CAA members may cast their votes and submit their proxies online beginning in early January 2018; no paper ballots will be mailed. Please have your CAA user/member ID# and password handy when you are ready to vote.

Please fill out the form below to cast your vote. (Use the scroll bar on the right side of the form to scroll down, make your choices, and submit.)

Create your own user feedback survey

The results of the 2018 Board of Directors election will be announced at CAA’s Annual Business Meeting from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, at the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

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

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Richard Lubben

posted by November 30, 2017


I believe the current and future direction of CAA should focus, in part, on how to remain relevant and supportive to our membership.  This includes strengthening our online presence, and developing innovative programs to better support the participation and recruitment of international institutions and members.  This direction also aligns with CAA’s commitment to diversity, and broadens the discussion and perspective on scholarship, pedagogy, curriculum and creative practice.

With a background in studio arts, and administrative experience as a community college Arts Dean, I would also advocate for more dialogue around some of the issues and challenges that might be specific to studio artists, community college faculty, and 2-year college administration.  The CAA Board does not currently include a member representing community colleges; however, there are thousands of 2-year college individual members, and many more potential members associated with the nearly 1500 community colleges across the United States.

As a CAA Board member I would also offer my experience and passion for advocacy.  One current challenge many colleges and universities are experiencing is how to effectively communicate and defend the value of art programs and curriculum in times of budget shortages, and changes in some state-level general education requirements.   These types of challenges are especially relevant to many of our community college members, as well as colleges and universities struggling with declining enrollment.

Download Richard Lubben’s Resume

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Walter Meyer

posted by November 30, 2017


As a full-time art historian at a 2 year community college, much of my time and talents have been about increasing enrollments in art history and our transfer population to the University of California and Cal State system. At SMC, we are 3 full time faculty and 20+ adjuncts with over 40 sections of art history taught each semester. While college-wide enrollments are flat or declining, Art History continues to grow and has doubled in size in just the last four years.

Leading art history at Santa Monica College has put my efforts directly in line with one of the missions of the California Community College System: to close equity and achievement gaps with under-represented higher-ed populations. Closing these gaps is not a challenge unique to California Community Colleges and as the College Art Association moves into the 21st century it can play a vital role in making art and art history programs at the forefront of meeting this important task. I believe that having a representative from a community college is an important step for CAA to take and I am honored to be nominated to serve our disciplines and the membership.

My other interests reside in pedagogy and technology. At Santa Monica College, I am currently: the co-chair of the Technology Planning Committee; incoming chair of the Distance Education Committee and have previously chaired or served on the Sabbaticals Committee, the Information Services Committee, and the Curriculum Committee. My service to the community includes being the President of the Art Historians of Southern California, an Arts Commissioner and the former chair of the Public Art Committee for the city of Santa Monica and former board member for the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.

Just in the state of California there are 2.1 million community college students across 113 colleges (there are over 1200 across the country serving over 7 million students). I believe in the mission of the community college system and in the ability of community colleges to help art and art history programs close the equity gap with under-represented populations on college campuses and I would like to be an effective advocate as a CAA board member for them and their students.

Download Walter Meyer’s Resume

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Alice Ming Wai Jim

posted by November 30, 2017


I am currently Associate Professor in Contemporary Art and Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I am a founding co-editor, with Alexandra Chang, of the international scholarly journal, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA). Informed by a hemispheric transnational approach, ADVA is the first academic journal to focus on the scholarship of intersections between visual culture studies and the study of Asian diaspora in the Americas and the myriad ways in which these topics and communities connect with Asia writ large. The journal’s coverage spans the continent (North North America, Canada, US, Latin America, and Mexico) as well as the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean.

As an art historian, curator and cultural organizer in the fields of diasporic and global art histories, media arts, and curatorial studies, I bring to College Art Association over twenty years of academic and professional experience working in multiple sectors in education, the arts, and culture. Focusing primarily on Asian Canadian and African Canadian artists, I have curated exhibitions of over fifty artists of color and Indigenous artists and organized major
scholarly events within academic settings and for the broader arts community in Canada and internationally. I have also been involved in a leadership capacity in several formal partnerships involving international networking and community building initiatives, with a strong commitment to research and social justice.

As the only art historian at Concordia University and in Canada who specializes in contemporary Asian and Asian Canadian art, I am acutely aware of the profound value of the annual CAA conference as a vital means to connect international scholars and practitioners, at all stages of careers and from culturally-diverse communities, on a regular
basis. I have been a member of CAA since 1999; a representative member of the CAA Affiliated Society, the Diasporic Asian Art Network, since 2009; and a research member of the NYU Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX) since 2014.

As a board member, I would contribute to conversations on how CAA could work towards increasing the visibility of members from diverse cultural communities and provide support and incentives for new returning members. I would also participate in discussions on how CAA could strengthen international connections and exchanges and expand
critical capacities for art historical scholarship and critical visual culture studies on and by ethnic minority, mixed race, and Indigenous peoples across the Americas and internationally. Finally, I am also interested in ways to foster interdisciplinary, cross-cultural knowledge inquiry and co-production through innovative tools and techniques of digital art history.

Montreal, November 21, 2017

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Dahlia Elsayed

posted by November 30, 2017


I greatly value the College Art Association’s steadfast advocacy for visual arts professionals. I am eager to contribute to its work as an essential resource for a diverse body of practitioners to intellectually engage in the field.

As a working artist, academic, and member since 2010, I regularly interact with CAA content and programming in a variety of ways and am excited about the organization’s strategic plan to diversify communication channels and connect with under-represented visual arts professionals and communities.

An area of particular interest to me is welcoming community college faculty and students to participate as an important aspect of a vibrant future for CAA. As an Associate Professor at CUNY-LaGuardia Community College in Queens, NY, I meet non-traditional students as they enter a transitional space of learning, as the first step into a study field that leads to various modes of continued education and engagement with the arts.  Being an artist and professor who started her own educational path at a community college, I recognize the powerful impact that envisioning a professional future in the arts has on students.  At LaGuardia, I have worked to develop curricula that expands learning beyond the studio, through experiential learning opportunities and exposure to learning outside of the classroom.

As enrollment in community colleges has grown significantly, these faculty are a vital constituency as they design programs and mentor students in pursuing continued education and careers in the arts. I believe that CAA-affiliated regional events around core issues could provide opportunities to interact with colleagues from senior colleges, graduate programs and institutions to strengthen best practices. I would also advocate for more mentoring opportunities for people at different points in their careers.

As a working artist, I exhibit regularly and widely, and have received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, MacDowell Colony, New Jersey State Council on The Arts, amongst others.  Another area of interest is growing the platforms for CAA members to share resources and research, through both events and digitally, with those outside of academia, including unaffiliated artists. Expanding CAA’s support for artists through micro-conferences, exhibition support and an active online community are potential ways to connect beyond the annual conference, fortify networks between ongoing research and practice, and to invigorate and inspire future members.

I am dedicated to expanding the diversity of voices in the creation, teaching and analysis of visual art. If elected, I would take on the role of CAA board member with an active, serious commitment to serve all members as well as further the organization’s mission and vision.

Download Dahlia Elsayed’s Resume

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Laura Anderson Barbata

posted by November 30, 2017


I am a practicing, trans-disciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn and Mexico City. My work is intended to connect various cultures through the platform of contemporary art by engaging creative practices that promote dignity, shared values, diversity, and collaboration through reciprocal exchange of knowledge. I have initiated projects with the Yanomami of the Venezuela Amazon to document their oral history (ongoing); continue developing collaborative projects with traditional stilt dancing groups from Trinidad and Tobago, Brooklyn and Oaxaca and master artisans from Mexico that combine dance, music, costuming, procession and protest; as well as directed a 10-year effort to repatriate the remains of Julia Pastrana (1834-1860) Mexican Opera Singer whose body was kept at the Schreiner Collection in Oslo and was successfully repatriated to Mexico for her burial in 2013.

My work seeks to further the expectations of socially-engaged art by moving across disciplines by involving collaborators across various fields such as archivists, scientists, activists, rock stars, burlesque performers, street dancers, traditional artisans, traditional stilt dancers, theater companies, storytellers, writers, international institutions and government officials.

I have worked for over 30 years as an artist, educator and researcher.  As a CAA Board Member I offer a perspective that is uniquely informed by my bi-cultural background and my extensive collaborative artistic experiences in Mexico, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway and the United States. All of which I believe have prepared me to serve and further CAA´s international leadership and its mission to promote visual arts and their understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement and a commitment to the diversity of practices and practitioners.

Download Laura Anderson Barbata’s Resume

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