At the upcoming College Art Association‘s (CAA) Annual Conference, the membership will select four new officers to serve on the Board of Directors. HWS Professor of Art Patricia Mathews has been announced as one of the six finalists.
Mathews, who has been teaching art history for nearly 30 years and has been a member of the CAA since 1973, was nominated anonymously, either by members of the CAA or members of the CAA’s board.
“Friends of mine had said they’d like to see me on the board,” Mathews says.
After the initial nomination, the list of candidates was narrowed to 40, each of whom submitted a curriculum vita and a cover letter outlining his or her expertise. The pool was further narrowed to six, at which point each candidate submitted a video explaining in more detail his or her backgrounds and why he or she would be an ideal board member.
With a membership of more than 13,000, the CAA is the premier professional and scholarly organization for artists and art historians. The CAA was founded in 1911 to promote 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.
The 20-person Board of Directors represents the diverse disciplines and geographic locations within the college art world. In addition to meeting four times a year in New York City, duties of the board include management of the CAA’s finances and events.
A mathematics major before switching to art history, Mathews received her B.A. from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. from UNC, Chapel Hill. She specializes in women’s studies in art history, 19th and 20th century women artists and critical theory. Mathews previously held a longtime post at Oberlin College.