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December 3rd, 2001
Museum Director to Deliver Convocation Address at Annual College Art Association Conference

Anne d'Harnoncourt, Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will deliver the convocation address at the 90th Annual Conference of the College Art Association on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. The subject of her talk will be "Art Museums in the Twenty-First Century: Back to the Future."

The convocation is free and open to the public, and will include the presentation of the College Art Association Awards for Excellence and recognition of the 2001 Professional Development Fellowship Program recipients. A ticketed reception for delegates follows from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Museum.

The annual conference, last held in Philadelphia in 1983, takes place February 20-23, 2002. It is the largest national forum for professionals in the visual arts, and is expected to bring some 4,000 visitors to Philadelphia, according to College Art Association projections. Each year, in a different location around the country, artists, art historians, museum directors and curators, educators, and arts administrators convene to present current research, review trends, exchange ideas, and address problems and issues in their professions. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and other area arts organizations have actively collaborated with the CAA to make the 2002 conference in Philadelphia a dynamic and memorable event both for the city of Philadelphia and for the thousands who attend.

"I am delighted by this opportunity to speak to my colleagues in the College Art Association as they convene in Philadelphia for this important conference," said Ms. d'Harnoncourt, a member of the College Art Association since 1969. "This is a wonderful opportunity to share with leading artists and art professionals from around the country the city's wealth of artistic treasures and arts organizations, as well the Museum's great collections."

Three full days of sessions in all areas of art history, contemporary issues and studio art will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Additional events are scheduled for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Painted Bride Art Center and Locks Gallery. More than fifty alumni receptions are scheduled to take place during the conference, and a number of tours will bring visitors to cultural landmarks such as the Avenue of the Arts, Old City art galleries, the University of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia's historic districts.

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association (CAA) promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art.

Over 14,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, collectors, educators, art publishers, and other visual arts professionals are individual members. Another 2,000 university art and art history departments, museums, libraries, and professional and commercial organizations hold institutional memberships in the CAA.

Frank Luzi, Press Officer

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