Charles Wright Nominated to CAA Board

Nominees for College Art Association Board 2012

Nominees for College Art Association Board 2012, Charles Wright bottom, center.

From University Relations:

MACOMB, IL – Charles A. Wright, chair of Western Illinois University’s Department of Art, has been named a candidate for the College Art Association’s (CAA) Board of Directors. He is joined on the ballot by a small contingency of academics from institutions including Harvard and the Art Institute of Chicago.

A position on the organization’s Board of Directors provides an opportunity to enhance the group’s inner workings from its financial stability to its strategic direction. The board is also responsible for setting the policy which governs all CAA activities, including publishing, the annual conference, awards and fellowships, advocacy and committee procedures.

Wright first joined the CAA as a graduate student working toward his MFA in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis (MO). He describes the organization as “a priceless resource.”

Throughout the years, he has held various positions in the CAA, including serving for the past three years as chair of the CAA’s Professional Practices Committee (PPC). The PCC responds to members’ concerns, as well as helps the Board of Directors develop standards and guidelines. Wright said his service as PPC chair has given him opportunities to learn how universities throughout the nation address critical workplace issues for university art professors.

Wright’s platform emphasizes the importance of the visual arts in the lives of individuals and communities. The voting is currently in session, and will conclude at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Voting is open to all CAA members with a valid member ID.

Wright was named chair of WIU’s art department in July 2007. He had served as chair of the Department of Art at Coastal Carolina University, guiding the art program there through national accreditation, a feat which he repeated for WIU upon his arrival in Macomb. His work, comprised mostly of large-scale sculptures in such media as wood, steel, Plexiglas, stone, and various combinations, can be found in private and public collections in both the Midwest and on the East Coast.

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