Heather Hertel, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, President
Scott Thorp, Augusta University, Vice President
Harry Sanchez, Taft Museum and 21C in Cincinnati, OH, Treasurer
(MACAA Constitution to be amended)
Robert Bubp, Wichita State University, Vice President for Communications
Barbara Giorgio, Ball State University, Secretary
Chris Olszewski, Savannah College of Art and Design, Past-President
MACAA Board Members
Julie Abijanac, Columbus College of Art & Design, Archivist
Chris Balaschak, Flagler College
Chung-Fan Chang, Stockton University
Jennifer Murray, Loyola University Chicago, Research Assistant
Elizabeth Olton, University of New Mexico
Jason Schwab, Flagler College, Social Media Coordinator
Scott Sherer, University of Texas at San Antonio
Kamar Thomas, Eastern Connecticut State University and University of Connecticut,
Sandra Williams, University of Nebraska Lincoln, MACAA 2018 Conference Director
Ex-officio Board Members
FATE Representative – Guen Montgomery, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign SECAC Representative – Jason John, University of North Florida
ITI Representative - Jason Swift, Plymouth State University
The Mid-America College Art Association is a professional society of college and university artist/teachers.
Founded in the late 1930s, MACAA originally drew its membership from academic administrators and art historians who felt the need to discuss professional issues pertinent to the Midwest. Over the years, MACAA has grown far beyond the Midwest and regularly attracts members and conference participants from across the country. Also, it has evolved into an organization primarily (but not exclusively) geared to the practical and philosophical interests of studio faculty.
Although MACAA is administered by a president and a board of directors, it does not espouse any specific philosophical or educational agenda. Rather, we are dedicated to providing a collegial forum in which our members may raise issues and share ideas relevant to our profession, including theoretical questions of aesthetics, classroom strategy, studio practice or the ongoing challenges of artistic life within the American system of higher education.
As we begin the twenty-first century, the role of the artist/teacher in higher education is being earnestly questioned. Changes are coming to our profession, perhaps the most fundamental changes we have seen since the great growth spurt of university-based art education in the post-WWII era. Some of these changes are technological. Some arise from the similar shifts in the structure and values of the university itself. And some are responses to the evolving role of art in American society. The only way we can hope to understand these changes, and the only way we can meet the challenges they will create, is by sharing our insights and experiences, our apprehensions and optimism, our commitments and ideals: all the qualities that have made us the backbone of American art. Since the 1930s, the Mid-America College Art Association has provided a forum for the artist/teachers of America to discuss and debate the issues of our profession, to share ideas and information of mutual benefit and to affirm the friendships and collegiality that bind us together.