MACAA Affiliations

College Art Association
FATE ( Foundations in Art: Theory and Education)
Integrative Teaching International


Dayton Society of Artists


MACAA Institutional Members

University of Toledo








MACAA Board of Directors and Officers

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

Chung-Fan Chang, Stockton University, MACAA Affiliate Representative to CAA

Edward Morin, Sam Houston State University

Jennifer Murray, Loyola University Chicago, Research Assistant

Jason Schwab, Flagler College, Social Media Coordinator

Kamar Thomas, Eastern Connecticut State University and University of Connecticut, 

             Membership Coordinator

Sandra Williams, University of Nebraska Lincoln, MACAA 2018 Conference Director


MACAA 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

Dayton Society of Artists Representative - Ann B. Kim, President; Faculty, Indiana University East


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. 

For general inquiries and questions regarding membership, contact:


Heather Hertel
Slippery Rock University, MACAA President




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