What is the College Art Association (CAA)?
Founded in 1911, the College Art Association:
- Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art
- Facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among those interested in art and history of art
- Advocates comprehensive and inclusive education in the visual arts
- Speaks for the membership on issues affecting the visual arts and humanities
- Provides publication of scholarship, criticism, and artists’ writings
- Fosters career development and professional advancement. Identifies and develops sources of funding for the practice of art and for scholarship in the arts and humanities
- Honors accomplishments of artists, art historians, and critics
- Articulates and affirms the highest ethical standards in the conduct of the profession
CAA includes among its members those who by vocation or avocation are concerned about and/or committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research of and about the visual arts and humanities. Over 12,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, critics, collectors, educators, publishers, and other professionals in the visual arts belong as individual members. Another 2,000 departments of art and art history in colleges and universities, art schools, museums, libraries, and professional and commercial organizations hold institutional memberships.
CAA is governed by a twenty-two-person Board of Directors, most elected by the membership, who represent the diverse constituencies in the visual arts and geographic regions of the United States and beyond. Membership is open to all individuals with an interest in art, art history, or a related discipline, whether by vocation or avocation. CAA encourages the inclusion among its constituencies of qualified individuals representing a diversity of race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual preference, physical disability, and age in employment, education, exhibition, programmatic opportunities, and the awarding of grants and prizes in the public and private art sectors. The CAA administrative office is located in New York.