Art Foundations Department Chair Barbara Nesin Named President of the College Art Association

ATLANTA (GA) — Barbara Nesin, department chair of art foundations at The Art Institute of Atlanta, has been chosen as president of the College Art Association (CAA) by the organization’s board of directors. Nesin’s three-year term begins in February 2010.

"With more than 14,000 members nationally and internationally, I consider the College Art Association to be the most important voice for artists, designers, and art historians concerned with education, practice, and scholarship in the visual arts. CAA is an advocate for what we do at many levels, not least of which is on Capitol Hill, " Nesin said.

Nesin’s term will begin officially after the February 2010 annual conference in Chicago. Until then, she’ll be "shadowing" the current president, Paul Jaskot, as president-elect. Her three-year term will include celebrations of CAA’s centennial during 2011-2012, and the implementation of a five-year strategic plan that includes a focus on artists and designers and on expanding international membership and participation.

“It’s quite an honor, not just for me, but also for The Art Institute of Atlanta and The Art Institutes system of schools,” Nesin said. “I look forward to sharing more about The Art Institute of Atlanta and its excellent faculty and programs through CAA. I am also inviting my colleagues at The Art Institute of Atlanta to think about how exchanges with CAA can benefit our students, the college, and the future of our professions.”

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. Its members include those who by vocation or avocation are concerned about and/or committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research about the visual arts and humanities.

More than 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 association is governed by a 21-person board of directors, elected by the membership, representing the fields’ diverse constituencies and geographic regions. Membership is open to all individuals with an interest in art, art history, or a related discipline, whether by vocation or avocation.

The Art Institute of Atlanta ( is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Art Institute of Atlanta, including its branch campuses — The Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur, The Art Institute of Charleston, The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, The Art Institute of Washington, and The Art Institute of Washington – Northern Virginia — is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. (Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Art Institute of Atlanta.) The Art Institute of Atlanta is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of more than 45 educational institutions throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts professionals.

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