Hunter O’Hanian

CAA Appoints Hunter O’Hanian Executive Director

The College Art Association—a New York-based organization that promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the visual arts—announced today that Hunter O’Hanian will lead the organization as its new executive director starting in July. He is currently the director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho. “I have long been an admirer of the work CAA has done. They have helped so many artists, art historians, and curators in the pursuit of their professional goals,” O’Hanian said.

As director, O’Hanian will oversee the expanding CAA Annual Conference, member services activities, the career center, grants and fellowships, and the publications program—including The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Art Journal Open, and—among other initiatives.

In January, the association revealed plans to grow its annual conference. For 2017, the number of sessions and chances for participation will be significantly increased. President Suzanne Preston Blier said, “He brings not only unique administrative experience but also striking energy and vision at this key moment in the association’s history.”

Previously, O’Hanian has served as vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Foundation for Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the president of Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and executive director of the largest residency program for emerging artists and writers in the US, the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts.

O’Hanian will succeed Linda Downs, who served as director from 2006 to 2016.