The National Council of Arts Administrators is an organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, the identification of problems, and the generation of shared solutions to the multitude of issues that confront arts administrators in higher education today.


NCAA will host their 50th annual conference at WashU in September 2023. The theme of the conference is This Complicated Heritage, with sessions dedicated to exploring how history is reshaped by the complexities of our time, as well as general issues in arts administration. “Educators today exist in a moment when much of received history is being re-formatted, re-contextualized, re-understood,” said Amy Hauft, director of the College & Graduate School of Art at WashU’s Sam Fox School. “How do we best grapple with these shifting sands in the classroom and in academia at large, and turn this reality into a strength?”

St. Louis, “Gateway to the West,” is the perfect location for the conference due to its significance in the country’s geography and history. Two sites in particular will serve as subjects of discussion: the Gateway Arch by Eero Saarinen, a world-class modernist monument that demonstrates a portal from east to west, from past to future; and Cahokia Mounds, a pre-Columbian settlement just east of the Mississippi River that had a population to rival contemporaneous London. Attendees — who have the opportunity to visit both sites as part of the conference* — will engage with the ever-transforming histories of these sites and explore ways of harnessing changing meanings.






NCAA Meet-Ups | Fall 2023
Meet-Ups provide informal safe space for attendants to share their strategies & concerns for the future. Offered throughout the year as supplemental to our annual conference, the 1.5 hour sessions are free and open to all academic arts administrators and those considering administrative roles.

Hosted by NCAA board members, O. Gustavo Plascencia & Jenn Gardner Selby.

Join this Meet-Up to continue critical conversations started at the annual conference, including topics from the Case Studies and Ignite session. 

10:00 a.m. EST    

4:00 p.m. EST




Laura Vandenburgh, Director, School of Art + Design
University of Oregon

Joe Poshek, Dean of the School of the Arts
Irvine Valley College in Southern California 

Paige Williams, Academic Dean, Chief Academic Officer and VP for Academic Affairs
Art Academy of Cincinnati


Read more about the nominees HERE