On Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, many School of Art + Art (SA+AH) history alumni and faculty attended the College Art Association (CAA) alumni reception at Brasserie 8 ½ on 57th Street in New York. CAA is the primary professional association of artists and art historians in the United States. This year’s conference featured more than 200 sessions, a Book and Trade Fair, walking tours, gallery openings, as well as numerous workshops and professional networking opportunities. The Florida State University Department of Art and Art History, in collaboration with the University of Florida and the University of South Florida, hosted the reception for FSU and other Florida alumni, faculty and friends.
The reception was attended by approximately 75 alumni from SA+AH. “Everyone seemed to really enjoy the collaborative effort since we have so many common connections,” said Richard Heipp, SA+AH director. “UF was well represented, and it appeared that our SA+AH alums were the largest contingency there. We were pleasantly surprised that the decorating theme at Brasserie 8 ½ was orange and blue.”
This was the second reception of the three schools with the CAA, the first being in Los Angeles when the conference was last held there.