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Meet the New CAA Board Members

posted by February 24, 2020

From left to right: Lara Ayad, Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez, Tiffany Holmes, and Nada Shabout

The results of the 2020 CAA Board of Directors Election were presented at the CAA Annual Business Meeting, Part II on Friday, February 14 at 2:00 PM at the 108th CAA Annual Conference in Chicago.

We are grateful to all the candidates who put forward their names for consideration this year. The 2019-20 Nominating Committee selected six candidates for election for four-year terms, and—new this year— two Emerging Professional candidates, who were eligible for a two-year term.⁠ Voters were asked to select four of the six candidates for four-year terms, and one candidate in the Emerging Professional category.

CAA Board of Directors Election

We congratulate Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez, Tiffany Holmes, and Nada Shabout on their election by CAA membership for four-year terms and Lara Ayad on her election for a two-year term as the inaugural Emerging Professional board member.

Learn more about the new members:

Lara Ayad
Assistant Professor, Art History
Skidmore College

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Oklahoma State University

Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez
Interdisciplinary visual artist
Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

Tiffany Holmes
Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Maryland Institute College of Art

Nada Shabout
Professor of Art History
University of North Texas

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.

Thank you to all those who voted!

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Vote for CAA’s 2020 Board of Directors

posted by January 06, 2020

As a CAA member, voting is one of the best ways to shape the future of your professional organization. Thank you for taking the time to vote! Scroll down to meet this year’s candidates and submit your online voting form.

2020 CAA Board of Directors candidates, clockwise from top left: Ixchel Ledesma, Janet Bellotto, Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez, Lara Ayad, Tiffany Holmes, Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Robin Landa, and Nada Shabout

2020 CAA Board of Directors Election

The CAA Board of Directors comprises professionals in the visual arts who are elected annually by the membership to serve four-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.

Meet the Candidates

The 2019–20 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 statements and resumes before casting your vote.

Board of Director Candidates (Four-Year Term, 2020-2024)

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Janet Bellotto
Professor
College of Arts & Creative Enterprises,
Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Scherezade Garcia-Vasquez
Interdisciplinary visual artist
Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design
New York, New York

Tiffany Holmes
Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, Maryland

Robin Landa
Distinguished Professor of Design
Kean University
Union, New Jersey

Nada Shabout
Professor of Art History
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Emerging Professional Board of Director Candidates (Two-Year Term, 2020-2022)

Lara Ayad
Assistant Professor, Art History
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York

Ixchel Ledesma
Independent Curator
Mexico City, Mexico

CAA members must cast their votes for board members online using the form below; no paper ballots will be mailed. The deadline to vote is 6:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Submit Your Vote Below

Use the scroll bar on the right side of the form to scroll down, make your choices, and submit.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Jalet, executive liaison, at (212) 392-4434 or vjalet@collegeart.org

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Notice of CAA 108th Annual Business Meeting

posted by December 11, 2019

College Art Association
Notice of 108th Annual Business Meeting
Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60605
Wednesday, February 12 and Friday, February 14, 2020

The 108th Annual Business Meeting of the members of the College Art Association will be called to order at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, February 12th, during Convocation at the 2020 Annual Conference, in the Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) of the Hilton Chicago.

CAA President, Jim Hopfensperger, will preside. As is CAA’s custom, the Annual Business Meeting will be held in two parts:

AGENDA

The Agenda for the first part of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

I. Welcome – Jim Hopfensperger, CAA President

II. Interim Executive Directors Report – David Raizman – Presentation of CAA Awards for Distinction

III. 2019 Professional Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History — Anne Collins Goodyear, Suzanne Blier, DeWitt Godfrey

IV. Keynote Address – Amanda Williams

After the Keynote Address, the Annual Business Meeting will be recessed and will re-convene on Friday, February 14, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CDT on the 4th floor, Room 4A of the Hilton Chicago. The Agenda for Part II of the Annual Business Meeting is as follows:

V. Approval of Minutes of 107th Annual Business Meeting, February 23, and 25, 2019 

See: https://www.collegeart.org/news/2019/12/12/caa-107th-annual-business-meeting-minutes/

VI. Financial Report: Roberto Tofolo, CAA Chief Financial Officer

VII. Old Business

VIII. New Business

  • Results of Election of New Directors — Jim Hopfensperger, CAA President

IX. Open discussion with members, Board and staff

Proxies

If you are unable to attend the Annual Business Meeting, kindly 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 late December 2019. A proxy, with your vote for directors, must be received no later than 6:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, February 13, 2020.

 

Next Meeting – 2021

The 109th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association will be held in New York in 2021, and again will be divided into two parts – Part I at Convocation on Wednesday, February 17, and Part II a meeting and open discussion on Friday, February 19, 2021.

 

December 6, 2019

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CAA 107th Annual Business Meeting Minutes

posted by December 11, 2019

COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION 107TH ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
MINUTES
NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
1335 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NY, NY 10019
FEBRUARY 13, 2019: CONVOCATION, 6:00 P.M. – PART I
GRAND BALLROOM EAST
FEBRUARY 15, 2019:  ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING, 2:00 P.M. PART II
HUDSON ROOM

 

Annual Business Meeting – Part One
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:00–7:30 p.m.

Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s Executive Director and CEO, welcomed attendees to the Convocation and to the Association’s 107th Annual Meeting of its members.

O’Hanian introduced Thomas Finkelpearl, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, who greeted the attendees on behalf of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

O’Hanian then introduced N. Elizabeth Schlatter, CAA’s Vice President for Annual Conference, who extended greetings on behalf of CAA President, Jim Hopfensperger, who was unable to attend due to the cancellation of his flight.

Awards were presented by past CAA presidents: Paul Jaskot, Nicola Courtwright, Dewitt Godfrey, Judy Brodsky and Anne Collins Goodyear.

The keynote address was given by Joyce C. Scott, sculptor, craftsperson and 2016 MacArthur Fellow.

 

Annual Business Meeting – Part Two
Friday, February 15, 2019
2:00–3:00 p.m.

On Friday, February 15, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., President Hopfensperger called to order Part Two of CAA’s Annual Business Meeting.

Hopfensperger called on Executive Director, Hunter O’Hanian, to report the number of proxies received by the Executive Committee from CAA’s membership. The Executive Committee received 247 proxies, thus creating a quorum to allow voting at the meeting.

Hopfensperger called for the approval of the minutes of the February 21, 2018 Annual Business Meeting held in Los Angeles, California. Tiffany Dugan moved to approve the minutes and Nick Obourn seconded the motion; the minutes were approved.

O’Hanian called on Teresa Lopez, CAA’s Chief Financial Officer, to give the financial report for

Fiscal year 2018. Lopez stated that the Association ended fiscal year 2018 with a deficit of $58,145.

The deficit was lower than the preceding two years since the Association, in 2018, made a 25% reduction in permanent staff costs. CAA’s efforts to match budget expenses to projected revenues continue.

As of June 30, 2018, there were 8,435 individual members, 461 organizational members, and an additional 651 subscribers to The Art Bulletin and/or Art Journal handled through CAA’s co-publisher, Taylor & Francis.

The fair market value of CAA’s investment portfolio on June 30, 2017 was $9,838,150. On June 30, 2018 the balance was $9,514,313.40.  The portfolio continues to be handled by the investment firm of Boston Trust and Investment Management Company under the supervision of the Finance Committee of CAA’s Board of Directors.

Copies of the audited financial statement for FY 2018 compared with FY2017 are available from Ms. Lopez or as a pdf on CAA’s website.

The Board of Directors has elected a new Treasurer, David Raizman, for a four-year term beginning in October 2018.

The number of attendees for this Annual Conference stood at 5,462 as of Friday afternoon, February 15th, 2019.

Hopfensperger called for Old Business. There was none.

Hopfensperger called for New Business and announced the results of the election for new members of the Board of Directors. With 416 votes cast by the CAA membership, the following four individuals were elected to the Board to serve a 4-year term starting in May 2019.

Lynne Allen
Niku Kashef
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
Jennifer Rissler

Hopfensperger expressed appreciation for the candidates’ willingness to serve CAA.

Hopfensperger then reported on the resolution to amend the by-laws. With 416 votes cast by the members, the proposed amendments passed, as presented, with 82% of those voting voted in favor of the amendments, 5% voted against and 13% abstained.  Therefore, the by-laws of College Art Association were amended as presented.

With all official business completed, and no other discussion items proposed, President Hopfensperger called the meeting to a close.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Melissa Hilliard Potter, Secretary
College Art Association
March 6, 2019

 

Next Meeting 

Part One of the 108th Annual Business Meeting of the College Art Association in 2020 will take place in Chicago, Illinois – Part I during Convocation on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and Part Two on Friday, February 14, 2020.  

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Nada Shabout

posted by December 03, 2019

STATEMENT

As a member of CAA, I have been a witness to its progress in different directions and aspects. At this moment of time, however, I am more interested to see CAA further grow in diversity and inclusion of subjects, membership and global connections. Given the current worldwide calls to decolonize art history and practice, CAA can play a pivotal role to facilitate this in the US, and consequently in a wider sphere of influence. For the survival, strengthening and to remain effective, this is the future direction I see for CAA. Moreover, my goal as an art historian who specializes in modern Arab art is to continue to reinforce the field of study that I helped build in academia and push for its further recognition and inclusion in the canon of art history as an equal sphere of knowledge, history and production. It is within these two interrelated scopes that I would locate my contributions and accomplishments as a board member. I want to see CAA become a more active participant in exacting change in the fields it represents and I want to see Arab art become part of its mainstream representation.

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Scherezade Garcia-Vazquez

posted by December 03, 2019

STATEMENT

I am running for the CAA Board because, as both an artist and an educator, my mission is to cultivate a creative space for all further. Working under an art institution as an Assistant professor and mentor regularly teach me this; that creative opportunity, freedom, and accessibility are of utmost importance. One of the most rewarding experiences for me has been teaching diverse groups of first-year students, and senior thesis students from all over the world and developing lesson plans for inter-disciplinarian practices and Art History. This environment profoundly resonates with my creative work around the politics of inclusion within my own art practice. In addition to serving as an educator, I have extensive advising experience with students of color as coordinator of the Altos de Chavon/Parsons partnership, advising Dominican and Latinx students through their college experience. Through this mentoring experience, I have also reached out to African American, Asian, and Middle Eastern students to navigate them through school and make sure their communities are represented. I also organize lectures and activities to both maintain and cultivate those communities within the university to help expose them to opportunities within their fields. As a board member, my immediate priorities would include diversifying our membership through community outreach, artistically and politically engaging more people, and facilitating more democratic decision-making within a renowned association. I am eager to play a role in utilizing the CAA’s resources to continue supporting artists, aligning myself with its academic, creative, and professional values. I believe the CAA needs more artists serving on its board to ensure a cohesive, effective, and grounded advocacy of the arts. The CAA is the body that ties our art advocacy work to our communities. I wish to uphold its inclusive legacy.

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Ixchel Ledesma

posted by December 03, 2019

STATEMENT

I am an independent curator from Mexico City with vast experience in assembling international transdisciplinary exhibitions. My curatorial practice mainly revolves around exploring the relationships between body and territory through different artistic mediums. My research touches on topics of migration, feminism, politics of visibility and space. I am interested in assembling exhibitions that put into question gender binary concepts and propose alternative dynamics of power between bodies and spaces. A very important aspect of my practice is to gather artists from different backgrounds in order to observe how they approach the concept of territory. From my ongoing research about bodies and spaces I have become very interested in the notion of representation.

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Robin Landa

posted by December 03, 2019

STATEMENT

It’s been a good number of years since that brisk January morning when I had my first interview for a full-time teaching position at the CAA conference career center. What would be my first of dozens of annual conferences was dizzying — I was surrounded by so many others who also were passionate about the disciplines that fueled me. At that early stage of my career, I hadn’t realized I was beginning a lifelong relationship with a multifaceted arts organization.

As a senior faculty member at Kean University, where I hold the title of Distinguished Professor in the Michael Graves College, and through my role as a Co-Chair of Design Incubation, I have dedicated a great deal of time to mentoring junior faculty. Engaged inquiry enhances my career; I work to ensure others can pursue their research interests productively, as well as connect scholarship and teaching. At Kean University, I actively guide junior faculty through reappointment and tenure, usher their career pursuits of scholarship, and introduce them to editors, agents and arts organizations, such as CAA, Design Incubation, AIGA, and the One Club, among others. At Design Incubation, I work with our Research Fellows during our annual program and beyond to encourage and facilitate their projects.

With extensive graduate coursework in art history, a Master of Fine Arts in painting, a graphic design practice, and twenty-three published books and numerous articles, I am in a unique position to understand how visual artists, art historians, designers and educators can collaborate and cross pollinate. Publishers have translated many of my books into Spanish, Chinese and Russian, including Graphic Design Solutions, 6th ed., Advertising by Design, 3rd ed., Draw!, and Nimble: Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age. Many of my published articles bridge the divide between visual arts disciplines and draw upon other arts, such as dance, literature, and music. Whether fostering T-shape thinking in the classroom, or prompting colleagues to utilize a bisociative framework, I seek to expand ways to interpret the world.

For years, I have worked relentlessly to foster inclusion and diversity in the graphic design and advertising professions. I received a Human Rights Educator award for my work with The Enough Project.

I want to represent all disciplines, widen reach, foster tolerance, and increase understanding to help guide the future direction of CAA. Empowerment of members. Advocacy. Diversity. Inclusion. Access. I hope to take a lead on these urgent issues, providing lifetime career contexts for members, working towards CAA’s goals.

For CAA to stay agile, we must focus on dynamic career demands and how culture, technology and the global economy are transforming the visual arts professions. Such transformations deserve vigorous debate. Through greater outreach to designers, art directors, architects, and educators and building affiliations, we can establish wider participation and greater engagement. As a design educator, an artist, author, a chair of Design Incubation, and faculty mentor, promoting the visual arts comes naturally to me. I hope you will allow me to enlarge my lifelong relationship with CAA.

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Tiffany Holmes

posted by December 03, 2019

STATEMENT

I am an artist, scholar, educator, and administrator. I currently serve as the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Over my 20-year career in the arts, CAA has inspired my own professional development and intellectual engagement with peers. I attended my first annual CAA conference in New York in 1999 to interview for teaching positions. When I walked through the revolving doors of the Midtown Hilton for the first time, I felt the surge of energy that comes with the conference kick off and the anticipation of reconnecting with friends—and I look forward to that lobby energy every time I return. I’m honored to be nominated to join the Board of Directors so that I might help advocate for the vital role of the arts in society given the challenges facing higher education.

I worked as a Professor of Art and Technology Studies for eleven years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before I took on a dean role for the next seven. For those of us in my generation, we have witnessed some of the most important technological breakthroughs of the history of the planet. We can remember a world with rotary phones, floppy disks, and Commodore 64s. Most of our college students cannot. The “iGen” of the developed world connects and shares globally at all hours. This generation of future scholars and educators is demanding that institutions steeped in privilege adapt rapidly to provide more equitable hiring practices as well as more inclusive forms of teaching. This is CAA’s moment to shine and utilize technology to facilitate learning communities, provide key resources and professional development opportunities to its academically affiliated and independent members around the world.  The annual conference is wonderful but there may be further opportunities for dialogue to produce more empathetic teaching strategies, advocacy groups, and community partnerships.

For the last eight years, my work has been concentrated in academic leadership; I have a solid track record directing complex initiatives with limited resources: a Scientist-In-Residence program at an art school, an honors or “scholars” concentration with a global learning component, an interdisciplinary professional practice curriculum, and soon, a research center and new curriculum in creative entrepreneurship for artists and designers. I care deeply about the future of art and design education as well as the urgent need to retain a liberal arts focus in higher education. We must work collectively to develop evidence of the immense value provided by an art history or studio degree. I would welcome the opportunity to bring my considerable professional experience and capacity for listening to serve the CAA community.

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Janet Bellotto

posted by December 03, 2019

STATEMENT

As a Canadian artist, educator and creative initiator working internationally, in my professional practice, as well as in my academic roles, I advocate and facilitate building connections between people and places—particularly cross-cultural explorations within international contexts. This is the international perspective that I will bring to the CAA Board of Directors.

Over the past two decades I have assembled an international network of peers comprising academics, artists, designers, architects and industry specialists, along with important stakeholders who have contributed to innovative strategizing. I believe my experience and my advocacy of a multidisciplinary and international approach demonstrates my passionately held commitment to the issues in which I am engaged. These include women in the arts, cultural diversity and exchange, as well as ecological issues in my own practice. I look forward to engaging my network through collaborations and potentially facilitate more international exchange at CAA. Working in the Gulf / West Asia, it has been crucial to discuss and promote cultural awareness and the importance globally for inclusion while also decolonizing the curriculum. How can we as educators work positively together for a more inclusive tomorrow that also takes into consideration future generations? How can CAA become a resource globally, for promoting new dialogues? The world needs more platforms for exchange to counter fear and build trust across cultures. CAA should be such a platform promoting cultural collaboration and understanding.

Currently, I am a Professor in Visual Arts at the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Dubai. Throughout my time in the United Arab Emirates I have contributed to the development of the art community and to the education of emerging artists here, accomplishing significant milestones as I engaged the opportunity to build, imagine and support this vision. I have been a member of CAA since 1999 and have seen the association expand its strength in advocacy and intellectual engagement. One of its ongoing milestones is its drive towards inclusivity to grow the diversity in its membership.

I see CAA playing a larger role internationally, in particular to achieve its vision of supporting all professionals whether academic or practitioners, across all areas of the arts, design and architecture, while strengthening a diverse membership of art historians globally. It must also continue to look at new models, to engage emerging professionals, and strengthen communication and opportunities throughout the year. Interdisciplinary, multi-voiced approaches need to be strengthened, along with creating various virtual channels of communication that can attract the next generation of CAA that ideally will be more global.

Through team efforts, cultural and intellectual exchange as well as building connections between international and local artists, designers, art historians (and more) are initiatives I will contribute towards. I see these as essential for building a future of CAA that is more inclusive internationally. However, these cannot be accomplished in silos and I want to listen to the members, their ideas and see how I can help foster them.

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