The College Art Association presented its annual awards last night at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The organization’s annual conference continues through Saturday at the Midtown Hilton.
Lynda Benglis, whose survey opened at the New Museum this week, was honored with the artist award for lifetime achievement.
John Baldessari was honored for a distinguished body of work for his retrospective organized by Tate Modern in London.
Faith Ringgold received the distinguished feminist award.
Artist Luis Camnitzer was presented with the Frank Jewett Mather prize for art criticism. A show of his work is currently on view at El Museo del Barrio, through May 29.
Mieke Bal, of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and a professor at the University of Amsterdam, received the lifetime achievement award for writing on art.
William Itter of Indiana University will be presented with the award for distinction in art teaching, while Boston University professor Patricia Hills will be honored for her teaching in art history.
The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award went to City College of New York assistant professor Molly Emma Aitken for The Intelligence of Tradition in Rajput Court Painting (Yale University Press).
The Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award for museum scholarship was given to Darielle Mason, for her editing of the exhibition catalogue Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award for smaller museums, libraries, collections and exhibitions went to Yasufumi Nakamori for Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture; Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, which accompanied the Houston MFA exhibition.
Ross Barrett, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize for his article “Rioting Refigured: George Henry Hall and the Picturing of American Political Violence,” which appeared in the September 2010 issue of The Art Bulletin.
The team of Kirsten Swenson, Janet Kraynak, Paul Monty Paret and Emily Eliza Scott was presented with the Art Journal Award for the Winter 2010 issue of the CAA’s Art Journal. Organized by Swenson, the issue has the theme of “Land Use in Contemporary Art.” It will appear later this month
Joyce Hill Stoner, director of the preservation studies doctoral program at the University of Delaware’s Center for Material Cultural Studies, was honored with the CAA/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation.