Wu Hung, Harrie H. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College and Director of the Center on the Art of East Asia, was honored with the Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award at the 2008 Annual Conference of the College Art Association, February 21 at the Association’s 96th Annual Conference.
The Association cited Professor Wu’s combination of rigorous, generous, and innovative teaching and prolific and exemplary scholarship that has inspired a high-achieving generation of younger scholars, transforming the study of East Asian art. Teaching large undergraduate courses as well as graduate seminars, Wu mentors as many as fifteen graduate students at a time, efforts that earned him the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at the University of Chicago in 2007.
With these annual Distinguished Service awards, CAA “honors the accomplishments of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.”
The Association includes among its members those who by vocation or avocation are concerned about and/or committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research of and about the visual arts and humanities. Over 13,000 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, according to its web site.