Boston University's School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts is proud to host the 43rd annual conference of the National Council of Arts Administrators.  We, as well as the city of Boston, welcome you to our vibrant, cultural city and hope you enjoy your stay with us. While in Boston you can experience the wide array of cultural activities available, and get to know our historical and cosmopolitan city.

The conference, "Changing Lanes: Adapting, Reacting, Navigating," references not only the notorious driving habits of Massachusetts residents, but the educational challenges and innovative opportunities academic institutions face today. With over 53 institutions of higher education in Metropolitan Boston, we are at the epicenter of discussions concerning the future of education in our nation. Boston University, the newest member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is a key voice in this conversation.

It is fitting to convene this conference in a place that not only discusses new trends, concerns, and twists in contemporary higher education, but also ponders the ability to implement creative ideas through change. By adapting, reacting, and navigating, we can avoid roadblocks to change, and through flexibility, we can build a world around new ideas. 

What will this future look like?  How do we lead? Can we be better advocates for our faculty and students, and our craft? Through discussion and divergent thinking, we will explore lots of possible answers and lots of possible directions.

We welcome all of you to partake in the discussion, meet old and new friends, and share in the dialogue that will shape our future.

Thank you so much for coming!
Go Red Sox!

Lynne Allen
Dean ad interim
Professor of Art
College of Fine Arts
Boston University

SEPTEMBER 23–25, 2015


8:00am  Board of Directors Breakfast
Olmsted Room, 2nd floor
Hotel Commonwealth

8:30am  Board of Directors Meeting
Olmsted Room, 2nd floor
Hotel Commonwealth

10:00am–5:00pm  Registration
Commonwealth Room, Lobby
Hotel Commonwealth

12:30pm  Changing Lanes: Adapting, Reacting, Navigating: Roads to Best Practices in an Changing Educational Climate
What does the future look like? How do we lead? Can we be better advocates for our programs? This session will explore strategies for adapting to and navigating around roadblocks to change toward building a world of ideas to address directions, trends, and concerns on behalf of our students, faculty, and disciplines. 
David LaPalombara, Ohio University
Carma Gorman, University of Texas at Austin
Michael Henderson, Sam Houston State University
Jennifer Anderson, Hollins University
Greg Watts, University of North Texas
Jade Jewett, California State University-Fullerton

Commonwealth Room, 2nd floor
Hotel Commonwealth

2:00pm  Afternoon break

2:15pmNarratives by the Numbers: Employing Data and Analytics to Tell Compelling Stories
Sometimes obtaining institutional buy-in for change can seem like an exercise in futility. When a cogent strategy for advancing programs proves insufficient to mustering momentum, perhaps a compelling story is the missing ingredient. This session will offer examples of how narratives can be advanced and take on greater meaning when supported by convincing data sets. Presenters will visit instances of employing existing analytics tools (such as SNAAP,  HEADS, institutional, or other data) or creating customized tools to support a storyline. 
Colin Blakey, University of Arizona
Bruce Mackh, Michigan State University
Sally Gaskill, Director of SNAAP & Indiana University

Commonwealth Room, 2nd floor
Hotel Commonwealth

3:45pm  Afternoon break
Pre-function room
Hotel Commonwealth

4:00pm  Case Studies: Managing and Leading in Heavy Traffic  
Cathy Pagani, University of Alabama
Nan Goggin, University of Illinois
Jim Hopfensperger, Western Michigan University

Commonwealth Room, 2nd floor
Hotel Commonwealth

5:30pm  Break

6:00–8:00pm  Reception
The Hawthorne Bar
Hotel Commonwealth, lower level

On your own

9:00–11:00pm  NCAA President's Reception
The Bullpen
645 Beacon Street (Kenmore Square)
Cash bar and light refreshments provided


8:30am  Continental Breakfast
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

Registration until 2:00 pm
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

9:00am  Welcoming Remarks I
with Lynne Allen
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

9:15am  Introductory Remarks II
with Dr. Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Boston University
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

9:30am  Ken Freeman
"Defining Your Leadership Philosophy"
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

10:30am  Morning break

11:00am  James Winn
"The Arts and Humanities as a Chamber Ensemble"
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

12:00pm  Lunch
On your own

2:00pm  Linda Nathan
"Hold Fast to Dreams: Leading and Learning in the Arts"
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

3:00pm  Afternoon Break

4:00pm  Keynote Speaker: Maya Lin
Cosponsored by the School of Visual Arts and the BU Arts Initiative
George Sherman Union
Metcalf Ballroom, 2nd floor
775 Commonwealth Avenue

5:30pm  MFA and BFA Studio Tours
808, 840, and 855 Commonwealth Avenue
Meet in 808 Gallery for student tour guide

6:00pm–8:00pm  Willie Cole Reception
808 Gallery
808 Commonwealth Avenue

on your own

9:00–11:00pm  NCAA President's Reception
The Bullpen
645 Beacon Street (Kenmore Square)
Cash bar and light refreshments provided


8:30am  Continental Breakfast
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

Registration until 2:00 pm
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

9:15am  Introductory Remarks
with Lynne Allen
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

9:30am  Casey Fremont
"Public Art for a Contemporary Audience"
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

No Morning Break, refreshments available in the lounge

10:30am  Seth Goldenberg
"The Adaptive Creative Entrepreneur: Art & Design Thinking as the Most Valuable Tool in 21st Century Business"
Trustee Ballroom
9th Floor, 1 Silber Way

11:45am–1:30pmBusiness Luncheon and Remarks
with Julie Burros, City of Boston, Chief of Arts and Culture, Boston Creates
Walk to Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Avenue

2:00pm  Board bus to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2:30–4:30pm MFA
On your own, admission provided

4:30pm  Bus back to the Hotel Commonwealth

5:30pm  Board Buses for Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise
Board bus outside Hotel Commonwealth to the Charles River Boat Company.

6:00–9:00pm  Boston Harbor Dinner Cruise
Board the Lexington for Boston Harbor dinner cruise.
Boat leaves at 6pm sharp.
Awards Banquet
New England Clam Bake Dinner

9:00pm  Bus back to Hotel Commonwealth

9:00–11:00pm  NCAA President's Reception
The Bullpen
645 Beacon Street (Kenmore Square)
Cash Bar and light refreshments provided


9:00am Board Meeting
Olmsted Room, 2nd floor
Hotel Commonwealth

11:30am Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Tour
25 Evans Way (The Fenway)
Meet at front entrance
Please register for the tour with your conference registration 



Maya Lin’s acclaimed work encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. She virtually redefined the idea of monument with her very first work, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and since then has gone on to pursue a remarkable career in both art and architecture, whilst still being committed to the exploration of time, memory, history and language in her memorials.

Her artwork interprets the world through a twenty-first century lens, utilizing technological methods to study and visualize the natural environment. Through sculpture and drawing, Lin merges rational order with notions of beauty and the transcendental. Blurring the boundaries between two- and three-dimensional space, Lin sets up a systematic ordering of the landscape tied to history, time, science, and language.

Lin’s artwork exudes a profound respect and love for the natural environment. Her interest in landscape has led to works influenced by topographies and geographic phenomena, finding inspiration from rock formations, ice floes, water patterns, solar eclipses, and aerial views of the earth. Lin’s work asks the viewer to reconsider nature and the environment at a time when it is crucial to do so.

Her architectural projects include the new campus master plan and main building for Novartis in Cambridge, MA, and recent completed works include the Museum for Chinese in America in New York City, the Riggio-Lynch Chapel and Langston Hughes Library for the Children’s Defense Fund, and a private residence in Colorado that was honored as one of Architecture Record’s Record Houses in 2006.  Her designs create a close dialogue between the landscape and built environment, and she is committed to advocating sustainable design solutions in all her works.

A committed environmentalist, she is working on her last memorial, What is Missing?, The project proposes that we look at a memorial not as a singular static object, but as a work that can exist in multiple forms and at multiple sites simultaneously. These works raise awareness about species and habitat loss and will give people both immediate and long-term solutions to the current crisis surrounding biodiversity loss and the overarching threat of climate change.

Her work has been in solo and group shows throughout the United States and abroad, most recently completing new work for exhibitions at the Parrish Art Museum in New York and The Ivory Press Space in Spain.

Maya Lin has been profiled in Time Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, and Art in America, among others. The 1996 documentary about her work, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. In 2009, Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.


Kenneth W. Freeman joined Boston University as the Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of the School of Management in 2010.  Ken has more than forty years of professional experience, most recently at KKR where he was a partner and also served as a Senior Advisor.  He is a director of the Graduate Management Admission Council, and Lake Region Medical.

Ken began his career at Corning Incorporated in 1972, progressing through the financial function before leading several businesses.  He joined Corning Clinical Laboratories in 1995, and the company was spun off from Corning as Quest Diagnostics Incorporated soon thereafter.  He led the dramatic turnaround of Quest Diagnostics as chairman and chief executive officer through 2004.

A study of global business leadership conducted at INSEAD and published in the January 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review named Ken one of the 100 best performing CEOs in the world. He received an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1976, and a BSBA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bucknell University in 1972.  Ken is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University.


Casey Fremont will be discussing the ways in which arts organizations, as well as public and private universities can increase the audience and broaden the reach of contemporary art through innovative approaches to public art. Art Production Fund engages and exposes the public to art through a variety of programs, which range from art in public spaces, including the permanent sculpture Prada Marfa in Texas, to an interactive artist residency in Las Vegas. Fremont will discuss various examples of APF's international public art programming and the organization’s commitment to it’s mission of commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects to expand awareness through contemporary art.

Casey Fremont graduated from Boston University in 2004 with a Bachelor of the Arts, major in Art History. She began working at Art Production Fund in the fall of 2004, and currently serves as APF's Director. While studying Art History in Boston, Casey spent the summers of 2000 and 2002 working as an intern at Art Production Fund, and Paul Kasmin Gallery in 2003. In September 2009 Casey co-curated "That Was Then" at Rush Arts in New York, and in January 2010 co-curated Look Again at Marlborough Gallery, New York.  Casey currently serves on the Times Square Alliance’s Midnight Moment Selection Committee, the Young Friends of Acria advisory board, and Co-Chairs the Coalition for the Homeless' annual Artwalk benefit.


The Adaptive Creative Entrepreneur: Art & Design Thinking as the Most Valuable Tool in 21st Century Business
In this talk, Seth Goldenberg will share his non-traditional journey in the art and design field that has led him to become a celebrated business leader. The foundations of his education were with a BFA and MFA in Painting and Studio Arts, and yet today he is a leading design thinker, building new business models with Fortune 500 companies and industries such as American Express on the future of small business services, Apple and the future store model for the twenty-first century, and Conoco Philips on new social models for sustainable energy. Goldenberg will share three case studies of his work in the business world and contextualize them as rooted in a creativity-centric leadership practice that was forged in his education as an artist and designer. His story will highlight that while his career has been a non-linear path, the consistent journey has been the continual experimentation with projects that leverage creativity to catalyze massive change.  To do this has been to be an adaptive entrepreneur—leveraging whatever vehicles and tools are needed in context: a festival, a museum, a board room, a store, a city, a hotel, and beyond. Through his personal story and the cases he shares, this talk will highlight the big questions that a creative education needs to face moving forward: essential questions that move far past form and are concerned with making meaning in an interdisciplinary dynamic landscape.

Seth Goldenberg is the founder and CEO of Epic Decade, a purpose driven innovation studio and a leader in the field of design strategy. The company leverages design as a means of problem solving to make a meaningful impact in the world. IDEAS Salons, one of the signature tools of Epic Decade, are industry specific, invitational, pop-up retreats to accelerate breakthrough visions and partnerships. Fast Company magazine compared IDEAS Salons to the TED Conference, calling them “a model for the next generation of conferences based on dialogue and conversation." Participants have included leaders from Apple, Google, NASA, Disney Imagineering, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, the Department of Defense, the Guggenheim Museum, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Harvard University, IBM, Carnegie Mellon University, and more. 

Goldenberg launched Epic Decade after playing a senior role at Bruce Mau Design, one of the most celebrated design innovation firms globally. Before joining BMD, he was the Founder and Executive Director of the critically acclaimed event, Dialog:City, an arts and cultural festival for the Democratic National Convention in 2008. This historic city-wide arts and technology festival featured some of the most nationally celebrated artists to create public projects responding to themes of civic engagement. Goldenberg first travelled to Denver to aid in the launch of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, where he was the Deputy Director for External Affairs for the inauguration of the first LEED certified museum in the US by architect David Adjaye. 
Goldenberg began his career at the Rhode Island School of Design where he founded several programs including Catalyst Arts, the Department of State Fusion Arts Program and the Office of Public Engagement. Working in both Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the Provost, he developed new pedagogical approaches to interdisciplinary creative learning. Goldenberg has lectured and presented widely to such groups as the College Art Association, Brown University, Duke University, Virginia Tech University and the University of Denver. He has been written about in The New York Times, Fast Company, Art in America, The Art Newspaper, Wired Magazine, the Chronicle for Higher Education, the Denver Post, Providence Journal and the Boston Globe. He holds his Bachelor degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters degree from the Maine College of Art.


Hold Fast to Dreams: Leading and Learning in the Arts
In this interactive talk, Linda Nathan will discuss her seminal experiences as a teacher and administrator in the arts for over 35 years, exploring issues of race, access and equity, as well as "lessons learned" about how the arts serve as a catalyst to think about leadership in different ways. 

Linda Nathan is a Senior Lecturer at Boston University's School of Education. She is the Faculty Director of the Institute for Creative Educational Leadership, which she founded in September of 2014 at BU. The Institute explores the intersection of three different points of view, with an eye to developing a new approach to training school leaders and leaders for the not-for-profit sector:The Artist, The Educator, and The Community-Based Organization Leader

Before joining Boston University, Dr. Nathan worked for the Boston Public Schools for over three decades. Her most recent role was as the Special Advisor to the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Her work focused on how best to balance the opportunities that school autonomy presents with the need for all students in all schools to succeed. Dr. Nathan was the founding headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. She also founded the Center for Arts in Education, the outreach, professional development, and arts advocacy arm of Boston Arts Academy and served as its Executive Director. She continues to direct the National Teacher Artist Fellowship, which is administered through the Center for Arts in Education. Dr. Nathan was the co-director of Fenway High School for fourteen years, which at the time won national awards for its innovative school-to-career programs. She began her career in Boston as a bilingual teacher and started Boston’s first arts middle school at the Maurice J. Tobin School. Dr. Nathan has also founded two not for profit organizations: El Pueblo Nuevo that focuses on arts and youth development and the Center for Collaborative Education. She has written a widely-praised book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test, and she consults nationally and internationally on issues of educational reform, leadership, teaching, and arts. She blogs about these issues at

Linda Nathan holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in education administration from Antioch University, a Master’s of performing arts from Emerson College, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


The Arts and Humanities as a Chamber Ensemble
As players of instruments with very different modes of attacking or prolonging a note, such as pianists, cellists, and flutists, nonetheless learn how to make music together, practitioners of the humanities and the arts should find ways to overcome their differences in order to communicate the joy and excitement of their work to university administrators, federal funders, and the elusive general public.

James A. Winn is the Director of the Boston University Center for the Humanities. His scholarly work scholarly work combines a deep commitment to the literature of England in the Restoration and early eighteenth century, with a broad interest in the relations between literature and the other arts. His first book, A Window in the Bosom: The Letters of Alexander Pope (1977), was the first extended study of Pope’s correspondence; his second, Unsuspected Eloquence: A History of the Relations between Poetry and Music (1981) remains the only general study of its kind. Winn’s other work includes edited book-length collections of essays on Alexander Pope and John Dryden as well as articles on subjects such as Milton, Faulkner, and the Beatles. In July 2014, Oxford University Press published Queen Anne: Patroness of Arts, Winn’s new royal biography.

His writings have won such awards as the British Humanities Council Prize and the Yale University Press Governors’ Award and Winn has received grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In addition to his work as a scholar and educator, Winn is also a concert flutist. He performs throughout greater Boston and has an additional appointment in the Department of Musicology at Boston University. 

James Winn received his undergraduate degree at Princeton and earned his Ph.D. from Yale. He taught at Yale and University of Michigan before serving as Chairman of the Department of English at Boston University from 1998 until 2007. Since 2008, Winn has served as the director of Boston University Center for the Humanities. 



Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Call: (617) 933-5000
Reservations: (866) 784-4000

The Hotel Commonwealth is the official conference hotel.
Just mention NCAA and you will automatically receive the $249 conference rate.

Hotel Commonwealth is Kenmore Square—the heart and soul of this vibrant city hub. Sited at the crossroads (both literally and figuratively) of the best of Boston’s academic, business and entertainment areas, Kenmore Square is the ideal all-access point for the multitude of urban experiences that make up Boston. 

Just a fly ball from beloved Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth has long served as a second “home base” for gatherings before and after the game and is proud to be the Official hotel partner of the Boston Red Sox. 

Hotel Commonwealth maintains its loyal following among college parents and academia who enjoy its seconds-to-anywhere location and cool and collected, urban style—like the one-of-a-kind Terrier Suite, filled with Boston University memorabilia. Often referred to as BU’s go-to hotel, guests will appreciate the “insider knowledge” of the university shared by Hotel Commonwealth staff, many of whom are graduates of the BU School of Hospitality.

Marriott Residence Inn, Boston Back Bay-Fenway 
125 Brookline Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts  02215
Call: (617) 236-8787
Reservations: 1-800 409-2427

Book the special NCAA conference rate of $269 here.



Eastern Standard
Nationally-recognized for our award-winning cocktail program, our dining options are just as impressive and span the gamut of everything from a burger to our daily offal. Community sourcing is a key ingredient and a way to bring the freshest, most flavorful dishes to our menus and to our guests. Of course our chefs love to surprise and delight, but never at the expense of delivering honestly good food.

Island Creek Oyster Bar
Taking inspiration from the Island Creek Oyster farm in Duxbury, Island Creek Oyster Bar is a collaboration joining farmer, chef, and diner in one space. We welcome guests to get to know their oyster grower, harvester, winemaker, distiller, brewer, and fisherman.

The centerpiece of the restaurant is a 25-seat bar that is divided by a daily-changing grand raw bar display that features an extensive list of oysters, as well as lobsters, clams, shrimp and other specialties. In addition to extensive seafood offerings, our menu also features selections “from the land” for our non-seafood eating friends.

A tradition of creating unique pizzas and pasta combinations, bar area.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill
Uno® still draws its identity and inspiration from the artisan heritage of the original. Each restaurant still makes their deep dish pizza dough fresh every morning.

Fins Sushi & Grill
Serves sushi, noodles, and grilled items in a casual atmosphere.

Boston Beer Works
Restaurant and brewery serving American food and various micro-brews.

Lower Depths
Cash-only taproom with a wide selection of craft beers and bar bites.


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Harvard Art Museums
Fogg Museum
Busch-Reisinger Museum
Arthur M. Sackler Museum

Harvard Museum of Natural History
One of the museum’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers."

Boston Public Library
Established in 1848 the BPL was the first publicly supported library in American, and the first lending library.

MIT List Visual Arts Center



Newbury Street
Walking distance from the hotel or the B line to Copley Square.
Boutique Shopping between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

The Shops at Prudential Center
The Shops at Prudential Center is an urban shopping center located at the base of the Prudential Tower


Faneuil Hall
Before the Revolution, James Otis and many Patriots gave fervent speeches withn the hall of this building, giving it the nickname The Cradle of Liberty.

Old State House
The seat of government for Massachusetts during colonial times. A gold lion and unicorn rest atop its east wall. Today it is a museum operated by the Bostonian Society.

Paul Revere House
Built in 1680, it is the oldest building in Boston. A wooden structure with a notable overhanging second story. Patriot Paul Revere lived here during the 1770s.

Old North Church
From this steeple two signal lanterns were waved to warn the countryside that British forces were departing Boston for Concord. Paul Revere made his Midnight Ride that night.

Granary Burying Ground 
The final resting place for many Patriots including John Hancock, Samuel Adams, James Otis, and Paul Revere. Notable colonial era symbolism is carved into the markers.

Boston Public Garden
A large park near the Back Bay District. The famous Swan Boats and Make Way For Ducklings statues are summer attractions within the park, as well as beautiful flower beds.

Boston Common
Bound By Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park & Boylston Streets. The oldest park in the country, the "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.