Patricia Flores is not new to CAA and certainly not new to the Annual Conference scene. Attending her first event in Los Angeles in 1999, she has only missed two since. Over the past ten years she has been a familiar face on three CAA committees: the Students and Emerging Professionals Committee, the Professional Practices Committee, and the Services to Artists Committee. She has also participated on many CAA panels and chaired “Ornament Now: Reassessing Its Theories and Functions” in Los Angeles in 2009.
Currently based in San Francisco, Flores earned an MA in art history from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Material Culture in New York, and holds a BA in art history and art studio from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked for numerous nonprofit institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the former Capp Street Project in San Francisco, and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England.
Flores has worked and taught for California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland. Most recently she was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco—that is, until the tidal wave of pink slips flooded the state of California during the past couple years. Flores has been unemployed since August 2010, her second stint of joblessness since January 2009. A blessing in disguise, this situation has given her time to return to the studio, to squirrel away in libraries for therapeutic research sessions, and to write. She looks forward to blogging about the 2011 CAA conference this time around, free from the constraints of school and work obligations. However, she’s keeping her eye on the Online Career Center for possible job prospects.