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    NEA Awards $5 Million to Cities Including LA, Boston, and New Orleans

    WASHINGTON, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2015 “Our Town” awards. Sixty-nine awards totaling nearly five million dollars will support projects in thirty-five states plus Puerto Rico. With this latest round of grants, the NEA’s given $25.96 million in what it calls “creative placemaking investment” funding. “The arts reveal the heart and soul [...] Read more
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    New Executive Director Tapped for Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts

    HOUSTON, TX—Rice University has appointed Alison Weaver executive director of the Moody Center for the Arts. She‘ll oversee the thirty-million-dollar, fifty thousand-square-foot art institution scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, reports the Houston Business Journal’s Laura Furr. Previously director of affiliates at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Weaver headed the [...] Read more
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    London’s Design Museum Announces 2015 Designers in Residence

    LONDON, UK—The London Design Museum’s designers in residence for this year have been announced, reports the Bustler. They are Alexa Pollmann, Hefin Jones, Chris Green, and Stephanie Hornig. The four have been asked to make work that functions as “a reflection of objects or processes that imply movement, or transition, of shifting and cross-fertilizing cultures, [...] Read more
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    University of Chicago’s Logan Center Names New Exhibitions Curator

    CHICAGO, IL—The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago has appointed Yesomi Umolu as its new exhibitions curator. Umolu will oversee exhibitions in the Logan Center Gallery as well as in throughout the multidisciplinary arts building. Previously assistant curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan [...] Read more
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    New York Live Arts Names 2015–16 Resident Commissioned Artist

    NEW YORK—Writer, performer, and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili has been named the next resident commissioned artist by New York Live Arts. The two-year residency supports the work of mid-career artists with nearly $200,000 in funding, a salary, and health benefits, and a commission for New York Live Arts. For Okpokwasili, the funding will underwrite a performance [...] Read more
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    Denver Art Museum Appoints New Asian Art Curator

    DENVER, CO—The Denver Art Museum’s new Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art is Tianlong Jiao, who’s heading to the museum from San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, reports the Denver Post’s John Wenzel. Jiao, who has a Ph.D. In archaeology from Harvard, has worked as chief curator of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum in Hong [...] Read more
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    California African American Museum Announces New Executive Director

    LOS ANGELES, CA—George Davis’s been named the new executive director of the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. He’s replacing Charmaine Jefferson, who left after eleven years in the role. The founder of Davis Broadband Group, a digital distribution consulting firm, Davis has served as a state-appointed board member of the museum. He’s also [...] Read more
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    Park Avenue Armory Receives $65 Million for Endowment

    NEW YORK—The Park Avenue Armory has been on a roll lately: Just after appointing a new artistic director last month, it has now announced that it will receive sixty-five million dollars to kick-start a programming endowment. The benefactors behind this gift? The Thompson Family Foundation, which, with this new donation, will have given a total [...] Read more
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    China Institute Announces Move to Larger Building in Lower Manhattan

    NEW YORK—The China Institute’s getting a new home in New York: It’ll be leaving its current site in the Upper East Side, and moving to 100 Washington Street, according to the New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin. The new building—a thirty-six-million-dollar construction—will be designed by Pei Partnership architects, and will give the institute fifty thousand square [...] Read more
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    Orlando Museum of Art Announces Winner of 2015 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

    ORLANDO, FL—The Orlando Museum of Art has announced the winner of its second annual Florida Prize in Contemporary Art: Farley Aguilar will go home with the twenty-thousand-dollar award, reports Matthew J. Palm forThe Orlando Sentinel. One of ten Florida-based artists participating in the prize’s three-month show, Aguilar was born in Nicaragua and grew up in [...] Read more
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    After Delays, Peabody Essex Museum Moves Forward with Expansion Plans

    SALEM, MA—After years of delays, the Peabody Essex Museum will now go ahead with a comprehensive renovation and expansion project, reports Malcolm Gay for the Boston Globe. Announced Wednesday, the plan now includes an eighty-thousand-square-foot off-site facility called the Collection Stewardship Center, as well as forty thousand square feet in new exhibition space. Of course, [...] Read more
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    Akron Art Museum Announces Construction of New Art Garden

    AKRON, OH—The Akron Art Museum’s planning to spruce up its grounds: It’ll begin construction this month to build an art garden on a one-acre tract south of its High Street campus, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Steven Litt. The Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm OLIN Partners is responsible for the design of the garden, which is [...] Read more
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    Antinori Foundation Gives Over $100,000 to Georgia Museums

    ATLANTA, GA—The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s received a fifty-thousand-dollar donation from the Antinori Foundation, reports Howard Pousner for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The money‘ll support the museum’s archives digitization and dissemination project, with the goal of making the archives’ materials accessible to an international online audience, according to president and CEO Annette Cone-Skelton. “It [...] Read more

    Graduating Class of USC’s Art School Pens Letter Demanding Dean’s Exit

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Earlier in May, the first-year students at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design’s MFA program dropped out as a group, as Artforum.com reported here. The students released a letter at the time detailing their struggle with the university administration. Now, a new letter from the class of 2015—those [...] Read more
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    Whitney Museum Promotes Dana Miller and Four Other Staff Members

    NEW YORK—The Whitney Museum of American Art today announced five curatorial staff promotions. Leading the way: Dana Miller, who has been named the Richard DeMartini Family curator and director of the collection at the Whitney Museum. Curator of the permanent collection at the Whitney since 2009, Miller was part of the team that organized “America [...] Read more
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    Wyeth Foundation Gives $3 Million to Farnsworth Art Museum

    ROCKLAND, ME—The Farnsworth Art Museum has received a three-million-dollar gift from the Wyeth Foundation of American Art, reports Holly S. Edwards for the Penobscot Bay Pilot. The money will go to the museum’s Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment, with income on the gift supporting four of the museum’s properties. Those four locations include Wyeth Study Center, [...] Read more
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    Atlanta Contemporary Taps New Executive Director

    ATLANTA, GA—The Atlanta Contemporary’s chosen Veronica Kessenich as its new executive director, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Howard Pousner. Kessenich replaces Julie Delliquanti, who became executive director just last year. Delliquanti was brought in “as a change agent,” in Pousner’s words, after Stuart Horodner, the institution’s artistic director since 2008, left to direct the Art Museum [...] Read more
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    Printed Matter Names New Executive Director

    NEW YORK—Printed Matter has announced that Max Schumann has been appointed to the role of executive director. In his new job, Schumann will be overseeing the organization’s activities, including administration, programming, development and institutional relations and partnerships. Schumann will be starting at an important time in Printed Matter’s history: The nonprofit will soon be moving [...] Read more
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    Mellon Foundation Hires Jacob’s Pillow Director

    NEW YORK—The executive and artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Ella Baff, will be departing from her job, according to the New York Times’ Jennifer Schuessler. Baff will begin a new role as senior program officer for arts and cultural heritage at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For seventeen years, Baff has overseen the [...] Read more
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    MoMA Curator Pedro Gadanho Named Artistic Director of Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Technology, and Architecture

    NEW YORK—Architect and writer Pedro Gadanho will be leaving his position as curator in MoMA’s department of architecture and design, reportsArchinect’s Amelia Taylor-Hochberg. Gadanho is headed to Lisbon, where he’ll be the first Artistic Director of the new Museum of Art, Technology, and Architecture. At MoMA, Gadanho has worked for three years at MoMA, working [...] Read more
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    Director of Minnesota’s Rochester Art Center Leaves to Head Orlando’s Public Art Program

    ROCHESTER, MN—After three years as executive director of the Rochester Art Center, Shannon Fitzgerald is resigning and heading to Florida, where she‘ll lead the Mennello Museum of American Art as well as become director of public art for the City of Orlando—a newly created job—reports thePost Bulletin’s Jeff Kiger. Fitzgerald, who has also previously worked [...] Read more
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    Rema Hort Mann Foundation Awards Inaugural Artist Community Engagement Grants

    NEW YORK—The Rema Hort Mann Foundation today announced the inaugural recipients of its Artist Community Engagement Grant in New York City. The ACE Grant Program was established in 2015 with the goal to encourage engagement between New York-based artists and their surrounding communities. A selection committee comprising artist Jesse Greenberg; the founding executive director of [...] Read more
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    Nicolas Bourriaud Fired From the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

    PARIS, FRANCE—Hili Perlson reports at Artnet that Nicolas Bourriaud has been dismissed as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris by the French minister of culture, Fleur Pellerin. Pellerin fired Bourriaud last Wednesday morning, after a forty-five-minute exchange about the direction of the school. The minister apparently explained that she had “another [...] Read more
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    Studio Museum in Harlem Announces Expansion

    NEW YORK—Robin Pogrebin reports in the New York Times that the Studio Museum in Harlem has announced plans for a new $122 million building on West 125th Street designed by the British architect David Adjaye, who is also the architect of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., [...] Read more
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    Six Artistic Directors of Documenta Pen Letter in Support of Activists Banned from UAE

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES—Sixty curators, museum staffers, and critics wrote a letter last month in support of Andrew Ross, Ashok Sukumaran, and Walid Raad, all of whom were denied entry to the United Arab Emirates. The three have been critical of workers’ rights violations in the UAE. Now, five former artistic directors of Documenta, as well [...] Read more
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    Portland Art Museum Names New Modern and Contemporary Art Curator

    PORTLAND, OR—The Portland Art Museum has hired a new curator of modern and contemporary art: Sara Krajewski. Joseph Gallivan reports for the Portland Tribune that Krajewski was formerly curator at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and more recently director of the Institute of Visual Arts galleries at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As an Andy Warhol [...] Read more
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    Cooper Union’s Architecture School Hires New Dean

    NEW YORK—Cooper Union has selected Nader Tehrani as the new dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, reports Archinect’s Amelia Taylor-Hochberg. Tehrani’ll be starting immediately. Formerly the head of MIT’s department of architecture, Tehrani is a founding principal of NADAAA as well as of Office dA (with Mónica Ponce de León, who’s notably [...] Read more
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    DePaul University’s Contemporary Art Museum Appoints New Director

    CHICAGO, IL—The DePaul Art Museum has named Julie Rodrigues Widholm director, reports Kirsten Onsgard in DePaul’s newspaper. She will be succeeding Louise Lincoln, who served as director for seventeen years. Widholm began at the museum as a research assistant in 1999, and worked her way up to serving as curator. She has been at the [...] Read more
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    New Executive Director at Irving Arts Center in Texas

    IRVING, TX—Todd Eric Hawkins has been named the Irving Arts Center’s executive director, reports Deborah Fleck for the Dallas Morning News. Hawkins has worked as project manager for Public Art for Public Schools since 2008, and also cochaired the Americans for the Arts’ emerging leaders council. The Irving Arts Center, which opened in 1986 in [...] Read more
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    Barbican’s Former Head of Art and Music Hired by Kennedy Center

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Kennedy Center has appointed a new senior vice president of artistic planning: Robert van Leer, according to the Washington Post’s Peggy McGlone. The head of music and arts projects at the Barbican Center in London for fifteen years, van Leer later worked as managing director of Nederlands Dans Theater. Most recently, he served [...] Read more

    New President and Cochairs for Whitney Museum’s Board

    NEW YORK—The board of trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that they have elected Neil G. Bluhm and Laurie M. Tisch as cochairs and Richard M. DeMartini as president, effective July 1, 2015. DeMartini, the board’s former treasurer, succeeds Bluhm as president while as cochairs Bluhm and Tisch succeed Robert J. [...] Read more