WIU Chair of Art elected to lead the Professional Practices Committee of the College Art Association

Chair of the Department Art, Charles Wright

Chair of the Department Art, Charles Wright

At the annual meeting of the College Art Association (CAA) in Chicago, Charles Wright, Chair of the Department of Art at Western Illinois University was elected to serve as Chair of the CAA’s Professional Practices Committee. 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 14,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, collectors, educators, art publishers, and other visual-arts professionals are individual members. Another 2,000 university art and art-history departments, museums, libraries, and professional and commercial organizations hold institutional memberships.

The Professional Practices Committee (PPC) responds to specific concerns of the membership in relation to areas such as job placement and recruitment, tenure and promotion procedures, scholarly standards and ethics, studio health and safety, and artists’ practices. Recent projects of the PPC were the revision of current Standards and Guidelines on Professional Practices for Visual Artists; writing a Digital Submission guideline; and studying the issue of the PhD in visual art.

Charles Wright has served on the committee for the past two years and has been involved with helping a PPC sub-committee revise the MFA degree Standards, which were approved by the CAA Board of Directors in October 2008. For the past year, he has been leading a national discussion about the issue of the PhD in visual art.

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