College Art Association Director Retires

The executive director and chief executive officer of the College Art Association, Linda Downs, will retire next February. During her nine years with the organization, the CAA celebrated its centennial, digitized current and archival issues of their publications The Art Bulletin and Art Journal, increased international membership via the CAA/Getty International Program, and established over thirty professional guidelines and standards through their professional practices committee. Additionally, a task force supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation was established to develop a code of best practices in fair use for the visual arts.

Besides her tenure at CAA, Downs was formerly a curator of education at the Detroit Institute of Arts; head of education at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. She earned a master’s degree in art history from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from Monteith College at Wayne State University in Detroit.