Posted by Emily Hart on 2011-02-16

Larry Thompson, chair of Samford University’s art department, was part of a panel discussion at the 100th annual College Art Association (CAA) conference Feb. 9-12 in New York.

The panel discussed the role of CAA in the next 50 years pertaining to studio art. Thompson also spoke on the importance of studio space and the need for faculty to use this space for personal research.

For the 4th consecutive year, Thompson served as a career mentor for junior faculty at the conference. As mentor he led sessions to discuss the career field of academic art, as well as offered counsel on resumes, cover letters and portfolios.

Thompson said he first got plugged in to CAA while he was part of an exhibition as a graduate student. Since the moment he was first involved he continued to attend due to the diverse group of attendees and the broad international range the conference reaches. Thompson said CAA “recharges your battery and energizes you.”

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.