News Bites: Art History Professors, Graduate Student Present at College Arts Association Conference

Posted February 24, 2015 in News Bites, Art History, Painting, Faculty, Master of Fine Arts

Since 1911, the College Art Association (CAA) has been a beacon of scholarship, education, practice, and inclusive discussion with regard to creativity and the visual arts. Attendees to the CAA’s annual conference – the world’s best-attended international art conference – have ample opportunity to network and exchange ideas, techniques, and information with colleagues from around the world.

It’s a pilgrimage of sorts for those who dedicate themselves to creating, exploring, and understanding the history and practice of visual art, and three KCAD community members recently had the pleasure of making the trek to New York City to participate in the 103rd iteration of the prestigious event.

Art History professor Dr. Karen Carter was featured on a discussion panel entitled “American Illustration and the Art Historical Canon,” in which she discussed her paper on “The Transatlantic influence of the Académie Julian on American Illustration, 1890-1914.” The Académie Julian was established in Paris in 1868, but its influence extended far beyond France thanks in part to the number of foreign artists who came there to study, including Americans like Robert Henri and Maurice Prendergast. The trip to NYC marked the sixth time Carter, who holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago, has been a featured presenter at a CAA annual conference.

Karen CarterDr. Karen Carter

Dr. Jordan Fenton, also a professor in the Art History program, chaired a discussion panel entitled “African Art and Economics in Urban Spaces” that drew participants from the University of Basel in Switzerland, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and Goodman Gallery, a leading contemporary art institution in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fenton, who holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Florida, specialized in African art and art history throughout his undergraduate and graduate studies.

Jordan FentonDr. Jordan Fenton

MFA Painting student Shannon McDonell had the opportunity to participate in another aspect of the CAA annual conference called ARTexchange. This social event provided an opportunity for artists to share their work and connect with other artists, historians, curators, and cultural producers in an open forum setting.

Shannon McDonell at the CAA annual conferenceShannon McDonell at the CAA annual conference

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