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    Students Protest Art Institute of Chicago’s Role in Cuts to Public Education

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS–A protest organized by Chicago Student Action titled “Shut It Down for Higher Education” disrupted Wednesday evening’s rush hour traffic on the stretch of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue adjacent to the Art Institute of Chicago, Anna Foran reports at Hyperallergic. The site was selected because of its prominent location in Chicago’s Loop district and cultural [...] Read more
  • 27

    Faculty Strike at Pennsylvania’s Public Universities Secures New Union Contract

    HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA– Following strikes across fourteen Pennsylvania public universities, the 5,300-member faculty union that represents educators of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement. Katherine Knott and Peter Schmidt reported for the Chronicle of Higher Education that the three-day strike affected 110,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The new [...] Read more
  • 26

    Campus Expansion Plans Spark Glasgow School of Art Student Protest

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND–Phil Miller reports in the Herald Scotland that Glasgow School of Art students will protest the school’s expansion and development plans during the upcoming Undergraduate Open Day on October 27. The demonstration comes on the heels of an announcement that the school has acquired buildings once belonging to Stow College, an engineering school that ceased [...] Read more

    CAA Reports from the 31st Annual Conference of South African Visual Arts Historians Amid Widespread Student Demonstrations

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA– On the College Art Association’s International Desk blog, Janet Landay, Project Director for the CAA-Getty International Program, documents her experience attending the 31st Annual Conference of the South African Visual Arts Historians (SAVAH) amid the widespread student demonstrations that have engulfed South Africa. Following the Rhodes Must Fall protest at the University [...] Read more
  • 25

    First Alternative Art School Fair Announced by Pioneer Works

    NEW YORK–Pioneer Works in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood announced that it will be hosting the inaugural edition of the Alternative Art School Fair, which will feature more than fifty alternative art schools located throughout the United States and around the globe. The fair, which is free, is scheduled to open on November 18, 2016 and [...] Read more

    Police End Sydney College of Art Student Occupation

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Sydney College of Arts student protest against campus relocation and course and staff cuts has ended. Police forcibly removed demonstrators from the College of Arts’ top floor administrative offices after a sixty-five day-long occupation. The protest began August 22 following news that the University of Sydney was [...] Read more
  • 24

    KW Institute Closes Until January 2017

    BERLIN, GERMANY–According to Laurie Rojas at the Art Newspaper, Berlin’s KW Institute has closed its doors until next January to allow for a restructure and refurbishment. The city of Berlin doubled KW’s funding this year, but their building in Berlin’s Mitte district shut in September after the ninth Berlin Biennale. One of the goals during the [...] Read more
  • 22

    The New Art Gallery Walsall in England May Close Due to Funding Cuts

    WALSALL, ENGLAND–The New Art Gallery Walsall located in the West Midlands of England is at risk of closing after the local council announced that it needs to reduce the venue’s funding by more than $610,000 between 2017 and 2020, Hannah Mcgivern of Art Newspaper reports. The gallery currently receives a subsidy of roughly $1 million each year, [...] Read more
  • 21

    Anicka Yi Wins 2016 Hugo Boss Prize

    NEW YORK–Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Mark Langer, chairman and CEO of Hugo Boss AG, announced today that artist Anicka Yi has been awarded the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize. She is the eleventh artist to be honored with the prize and its $100,000 award. Known for her collaborations with biologists [...] Read more
  • 20

    Edinburgh’s Inverleith House to Close Due to Funding Cuts

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND–Inverleith House at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, is closing its doors after thirty years, Phil Miller of Herald Scotlandreports. The decision was made two years after Creative Scotland denied the institution’s application to receive regular funding, which would supports three years of programming. In support of its exhibition program, the Scottish Arts [...] Read more

    Enrollment Declines in MFA Programs in the United States

    NEW YORK–Brian Boucher reports in artnet that Master of Fine Arts enrollments and applications in the United States are declining after a robust period of growth during the last ten years. While larger demographic and socioeconomic shifts have depressed enrollment, the proliferation of MFA programs across the country appears to has contributed significantly to the [...] Read more
  • 19

    Stella Rollig Named Director of Vienna’s Belvedere Museum

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA–On Monday, Austria’s minister of culture Thomas Drozda announced that Stella Rollig, currently the artistic director at the Linzer Lentos Kunstmuseum, has been appointed as the new director of Vienna’s Belvedere, reports Monopol. Born in 1960, Rollig began her position at the Linzer Lentos Kunstmuseum in 2004 and later simultaneously directed the city’s Nordico Museum. [...] Read more

    Artist Kader Attia Receives France’s Marcel Duchamp Prize

    PARIS, FRANCE–The artist Kader Attia is the recipient of France’s Marcel Duchamp Prize. The prize, started in 2000 by the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF) in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, is worth over $38,000. It is a major award given to artists who raise the profile of challenging French art [...] Read more
  • 18

    Kader Attia Opens Independent Project Space in Paris

    PARIS, FRANCE–Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper reports that the artist Kader Attia has opened a new, three-story exhibition and events space in Paris today. The new venue, close to the Gare du Nord train station and cofounded with the restaurateur Zico Selloum, is called La Colonie. It’s opening is “in tribute to those who died demonstrating [...] Read more
  • 17

    Sydney College of the Arts’ Student Occupation Secures Six-Month Reprieve from Relocation

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–The Green Left Weekly reports that the students protesting Sydney University’s Sydney College of the Arts’ move from its Callan Park campus and the discontinuation of the some of the school’s academic programs have secured a six-month-long commitment from the administration that the school will remain operational. The student occupation of SCA’s Callan Park [...] Read more
  • 15

    UK Cuts Art History from High School Curriculums

    LONDON, ENGLAND–According to Maev Kennedy of The Guardian, in 2018 AS- and A-level art history courses will be dropped from high schools’ curriculums across the UK. Artists, historians, and academics have spoken out against the decision, which is part of a wider plan of educational reforms spearheaded by education secretary Michael Gove. For high school students [...] Read more
  • 14

    University of Southern California’s Fischer Museum of Art Receives Gift of 700 Works

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–The University of Southern California has announced that collector Eugene Rogolsky has donated 700 works, including photographs, prints, paintings, and sculptures, to its Fischer Museum of Art. The gift includes works by Jiří Anderle, Laura Aguilar, Jonathan Borofsky, Charles Bragg, Jo Ann Callis, Judy Chicago, Elsa Flores, Dan McCleary, Frank Romero, Peter Shire, [...] Read more
  • 13

    University of Pennsylvania Receives $15 Million Gift for Arts Programming

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA–The University of Pennsylvania has announced that it will receive a historic $15 million gift from longtime donors Keith L. and Katherine Sachs in support of new arts programming. The institution plans to hire an executive director, who will be appointed through a national search, to lead the newly created Sachs Program for Arts [...] Read more
  • 12

    Director of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Responds to Critics of Decision to Wall Off Kelley Walker Exhibition

    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI–Since the opening of artist Kelley Walker’s exhibition “Direct Drive” at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in September, the institution has come under fire for including the artist’s appropriated images of the 1960s civil rights movement, police brutality against African Americans, and covers of KING magazine, which feature women of color. An artist talk [...] Read more

    Free Art School Based in London, Open School East, Will Move to Margate

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper writes that Open School East (OSE), the tuition-free art school based in East London, will be moving to the seaside town of Margate next year. Many artists reside in Margate due to its affordability. Since 2013 the school, which accepts applications from emerging artists regardless of background, has been housed [...] Read more
  • 11

    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’s Chief Curator Resigns

    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI–Coming on the heels of an attack on a museum staff member in St. Louis, ostensibly stemming from the controversy surrounding Kelley Walker’s current exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, the institution’s deputy director for exhibitions and programs and chief curator Jeffrey Uslip is leaving the museum to take up a new position at another [...] Read more
  • 09

    President of Juilliard to Step Down After Three Decades

    NEW YORK–Joseph W. Polisi, the longest serving president of New York’s Juilliard School, has announced that he will step down in June 2018 after more than three decades at the helm of the institution. During his tenure, Polisi oversaw a major expansion project that added 40,000 square feet of additional space to the Irene Diamond [...] Read more

    France’s Minister of Culture Allocates Nearly $3.3 Billion in Funding for French Museums in 2017

    PARIS, FRANCE–Victoria Stapley-Brown and Hannah McGivern of the Art Newspaper write that Audrey Azoulay, France’s minister of culture and communication, said that she will be increasing funding to French museums in 2017 due to the decrease in tourism and the rise in security costs since the Paris terrorist attacks that took place last November in the Bataclan [...] Read more
  • 08

    Cooper Union’s Architecture Archive Awarded Grant to Digitize Collection

    NEW YORK–The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture has received a $149,736 federal grant that will support the creation of an online archive for its Student Work Collection. The Institutes of Museum and Library Services grant will allow the archive to organize, catalog, and digitize more [...] Read more
  • 07

    Former Students File Lawsuit Against NYU over its Singapore Art School

    NEW YORK–Three former students of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Singapore, which closed in 2012, have filed a class action lawsuit against the university claiming that the school was an “educational scam” that burdened students with high tuition costs for a subpar program, Channel News Asia reports. According to the complaint, [...] Read more
  • 06

    After Forty Years in Storage, Works from Tehran MoCA to Tour Berlin and Rome

    TEHRAN, IRAN—The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection, considered one of the most important collections of western modern and contemporary artworks outside of Europe and the United States, will leave Iran for the first time since the works were consigned to storage forty years ago. Thirty works by western artists, including Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, [...] Read more
  • 05

    Leipzig’s Academy of Visual Arts Launches Enrollment Program for Refugees

    LEIPZIG, GERMANY–The Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig has launched an unprecedented program to enable fifteen refugees to study art in Germany, reports the Leipziger Volkszeitung. The institution is one of the country’s oldest art schools, having been founded in 1764. Six refugees have already enrolled; the remaining nine will join the academy later this semester, [...] Read more

    Lisbon’s New Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia Opens Today

    LISBON, PORTUGAL—José da Silva of the Art Newspaper reports that Lisbon’s new Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia opens to the public today. The museum, located along the Tagus River, and spread across two buildings—a remodeled former power station, which used to be the home of the Museum of Electricity, and the main building, designed [...] Read more
  • 04

    Museum Directors Organize Exhibitions for Private Collectors to Reinforce Their Reduced Institutional Budgets

    NEW YORK—Cristina Ruiz of the Art Newspaper writes that a number of high-profile museum directors are organizing exhibitions for wealthy collectors with private museums to reinforce their institutional budgets and programming, as many public and nonprofit spaces are receiving little in the way of government funding to keep them properly afloat. Frances Morris, director of [...] Read more
  • 03

    3Arts Awards Give $250,000 to Chicago Artists

    CHICAGO, IL—3Arts has announced the ten recipients of its ninth annual 3Arts Awards presented to women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts in Chicago. The 2016 recipients are the dancers and choreographers Barak adé Soleil and Ayako Kato; singer/songwriter Jess Godwin and improvisational cellist Tomeka [...] Read more
  • 01

    Centre Pompidou to Open New Museum in Brussels

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM—The Centre Pompidou has announced that it is partnering with Brussels to open a new modern and contemporary art museum in the Belgian city by 2020. Serge Lasvignes, the president of the Parisian museum, and Rudi Vervoort, the minister-president of the government of the Brussels-Capital Region comprising nineteen municipalities, signed a memorandum outlining their [...] Read more