This month the Samuel H. Kress Foundation was honored with the 2021 CAA Outstanding Leadership Philanthropy Award by the College Art Association of America. An inaugural event was held at the Arts Students League on September 1, 2021, to celebrate the Kress Foundation and fellow awardee Nicole R. Fleetwood.
Fleetwood is being celebrated for her recently published text, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020). Fleetwood’s text explores the relationship between art and surviving incarceration via interviews with incarcerated people and their families, prison staff, activists, and more. Marking Time unprecedentedly won both the Frank Jewett Mather and Charles Rufus Morey Book Awards, and a 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award this spring.
The Kress Foundation began its longstanding relationship with CAA in 1948, when the first grant was awarded to the organization in support of their programming. Since then, the Kress Foundation has awarded over 130 grants to CAA, supporting a range of initiatives including the publication of their Art Bulletin and other catalogues, support for their Annual Conference, and support for digital initiatives. The Foundation thanks the College Art Association for this distinction, and the important ways in which it serves the fields of art history and art practice.