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Dorothy Johnson, UI art history professor, is elected to College Art Association board

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dorothy Johnson, director of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, has been elected to the board of directors of the College Art Association of America.

Johnson was elected to the board by a vote of the association's membership of more than 16,000. She will serve a four-year term, beginning at the association's national meeting, to be held in Los Angeles in February 1999.

The College Art Association is an international professional organization for art faculty members at colleges and universities, with members including artists, art historians, art educators and museum curators. John Beldon Scott, who is interim director of the School of Art and Art History while Johnson is on sabbatical during the fall semester, described the association as "the flagship organization of our discipline."

"Since positions on the board are filled by election by the entire membership of the organization, this is a major honor and clear recognition of Dorothy's stature as a recognized leader throughout the profession," Scott said.

Johnson is a professor in art history specializing in 19th century art and the painter Jacques-Louis David. She is the author of two books, "Jacques-Louis David: Art in Metamorphosis," published by Princeton University Press in 1994, and "Jacques-Louis David: 'The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis'," published in 1997 as one of the J. Paul Getty Museum Studies on Art.

Johnson has also published articles and reviews in many scholarly journals, including Art History, Art Bulletin, Gazette des Beaux-Arts and Eighteenth-Century Studies. She has presented lectures at conferences and professional meetings and by invitation at universities and museums throughout the United States and Europe.

Johnson studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Sorbonne in Paris and received a doctorate in art history from the University of California at Berkeley. She has received many awards and honors, including a French Government Fellowship to study at the Sorbonne, a Regents Fellowship at the University of California and a College Art Association Travel Grant. She was selected for Phi Beta Kappa and was a visiting scholar at the University of California for 1990-91 and again in 1992.

She has been on the faculty of the UI School of Art and Art History since 1987. She was head of the art history division 1993-95 and has been director of the school since 1995. At the UI she has received an Old Gold Summer Grant for research and a Faculty Scholar Award.