Professor Paul Niell is serving a three-year term as chair of the Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Scholarship Prize Committee for the Association of Latin American Art (ALAA). This affiliate of the College Art Association is made up of more than 400 members who seek to encourage the highest standards of scholarship, criticism, and teaching in the art and architectural history of Latin America. The ALAA has teamed up with the Latin American Studies Association to sponsor the scholarship prize, which is awarded annually to a scholarly essay published in a peer-reviewed journal, edited volume, or exhibition catalogue during the previous year, on any aspect of Afro Latin American and Afro-Latinx art, architecture, or visual culture in Latin America and the United States.
Dr. Niell is also serving a three-year term as the Latin American art field editor for caa.reviews, published online continually by the College Art Association. This forum, founded in 1998, publishes scholarly reviews of research texts in all areas and periods of art history, visual studies, and the fine arts, providing peer review for the disciplines served by CAA. Dr. Niell writes:
It is an honor to serve in these important capacities for the promotion of Latin American art and architectural history. The Association for Latin American Art (ALAA) has been a professional home for me in the field for over ten years, and I have served the organization in various ways, including Secretary-Treasurer (2011-2014) and member of the COVID-19 Relief Fund Committee (2020). The ALAA Annual Afro Latin American/Afro-Latinx Essay Prize is in its inaugural year and the result of a partnership between College Art Association-Affiliate ALAA and the Latin American Studies Association. Serving as the Field Editor for Latin American Art for caa.reviews will be an opportunity for me to bring a wide range of studies on the art and architecture of Latin American and the Caribbean to the attention of the journal’s international readership.