Kerry James Marshall and Faith Ringgold Receive CAA Awards for Distinction

The award ceremony takes place in February.

Kerry James Marshall. Photo BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images.
Kerry James Marshall. Photo BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images.

The College Art Association (CAA) has announced the recipients of the 2017 Awards for Distinction, which celebrates the achievements of artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose work has an impact both in their professional fields and the art world at large.

Kerry James Marshall is the recipient of the 2017 CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, while Faith Ringgold is the winner of the 2017 CAA Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Marshall, who’s currently the subject of a widely praised retrospective at the Met Breuer in New York (on view until January 29), is being honored for his paintings, which depict “the African American experience through a medium that has often overlooked the lives of black Americans.”

Meanwhile, Ringgold, who, according to the release, is widely considered one of the most influential living African American artists, has been awarded for her multidisciplinary work, comprising painting, quilts, sculpture, performance, and children’s books, which explores Civil Rights, racial justice, feminism, and art history.

Other 2017 awardees include Laura U. Marks, who’s won the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism for Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image, published by MIT Press; Joan Marter, who’s won the Distinguished Feminist Award; Amy A. DaPonte, who’s won the Art Journal Award; and Ruth Fine, who’s won the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for editing the book Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis, published by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in association with the University of California Press.

The complete list of awardees and finalists can be viewed here.

The awards will be presented during the CAA Annual Conference on February 15, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The conference, which is running from February 15–18, will focus on the topics of race and politics.

For example, the Columbia art historian and MacArthur “genius” Kellie Jones will appear on a panel with New York University’s Deborah Willis and Cornell University’s Cheryl Finley to discuss social movements, from emancipation to Black Lives Matter.

Another panel will consider whether socially engaged art has an impact beyond the art world, with contributions by scholars including Elizabeth Driscoll Smith, Elizabeth Grady, Steve Lambert, Ariane Noël de Tilly, and Blake Stimson.


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