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    NEH Chairman William D. Adams Announces Resignation

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities William D. Adams announced his resignation today effective tomorrow, May 23, 2017 in a press release issued by the agency. Adams was appointed by President Barack Obama in April 2014 and confirmed by the United States Senate in July of that year; he is the tenth [...] Read more

    Crystal Bridges Museum Establishes Fund for Education Initiatives with $15 Million Gift

    BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS–The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas announced today that it received a $15 million gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation in support of education initiatives. The institution will use the donation to set up the Arts Endowed Fund, which will work towards identifying challenges that schools are facing today and developing [...] Read more
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    Graduate Students at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts Vote to Unionize

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS–Graduate students employed by Tufts University’s School of Arts & Science and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts have voted to unionize, reports Catherine Perloff of the Tufts Daily. Of the 305-member bargaining unit, 71.8 percent participate in the vote; 129 in favor, eighty-four opposed, and six challenged ballots. Graduate student employees [...] Read more

    Françoise Nyssen Appointed as France’s New Minister of Culture

    PARIS, FRANCE–French president Emmanuel Macron, who was elected into office last week, has revealed his first government appointments, a range of officials from across the political spectrum. As minister of culture he selected publisher Françoise Nyssen, Astrid De Larminat reports in Le Figaro. As CEO of French publishing house Éditions Actes Sud, Nyssen has never [...] Read more
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    Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts Appoints Shawn Brixey Dean

    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA–Multimedia artist Shawn Brixey has been appointed dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, reports Artnews’ Alex Greenberger. Brixey assumes the role from interim dean James Frazier; his tenure begins July 1. In a statement, Virginia Commonwealth University president Michael Rao said, “I am pleased to welcome Shawn Brixey to VCU [...] Read more

    As UK Election Looms, UK Labor Party Pledges $1 Billion in Arts Funding for the Next Five Years

    LONDON, ENGLAND–As the UK’s June 8 general election approaches, the Labor Party has released a manifesto that promises to launch a Cultural Capital Fund that will administer $200 million annually over the next five years, Martin Bailey of the Art Newspaper reports. The more than $1 billion budget for the arts, which will be administered [...] Read more
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    Virginia Commonwealth University to Host Symposium on Islamic Art

    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA–Virginia Commonwealth University will host the seventh biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art in November, marking its return to the United States for the first time since the inaugural symposium in 2004, reports Mary Lee Clark of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The symposium, titled “Islamic Art: Past, Present, and Future,” will be presented [...] Read more

    Massachusetts Seminary Under Fire for Its Handling of American Indian Artifacts

    NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS–Andover Newton Theological School, the 210-year-old seminary in Newton, Massachusetts, is facing scrutiny from the federal government after it failed to adhere to a law that requires the repatriation of objects sacred to American Indian tribes, Leslie MacMillian and Tom Mashberg of the New York Times report. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem [...] Read more
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    Protests at Yale University Continue into Third Week

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT–Nearly three weeks into a hunger strike by Yale University graduate student employees to protest the administration’s refusal to validate the results of February’s union election, hundreds gathered on the New Haven campus on May 10 to demand the administration return to negotiations with union Local 33, the former Graduate Employees and Students [...] Read more

    Luis A. Croquer Named Director of Rose Art Museum

    WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS–Brandeis University announced today that Luis A. Croquer, the deputy director of exhibitions, collections, and programs at the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, will head the Rose Art Museum. He will take up the post on July 14. Croquer succeeds Christopher Bedford, who was named director of the Baltimore Museum of [...] Read more
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    Tennessee Provides and Alternative Model to New York State’s Free-Tuition Program

    SMYRNA, TENNESSEE–For the New York Times, David W. Chen profiles Tennessee Promise, a program providing free tuition to the state’s community colleges for high school seniors, and details the lessons the state of New York may learn as it rolls out the ambitious—and flawed—Excelsior Scholarship. As the first cohort of Tennessee Promise students graduates from [...] Read more

    Juilliard Names Damian Woetzel as Seventh President

    NEW YORK–The Juilliard School has announced that Damian Woetzel, director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program, artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival, and former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, will serve as its seventh president beginning July 2018. Juilliard’s current and longest-serving president, Joseph W. Polisi, announced in October that he [...] Read more
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    57th Venice Biennale, “Viva Arte Viva,” Opens Saturday

    VENICE, ITALY–The Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale, titled “Viva Arte Viva” and curated by Christine Macel, opens to the public on Saturday, May 13, and will run until Sunday, November 26 at the Giardini and Arsenale venues. The Biennale has been open for previewing since yesterday, with a round of artists already weighing in for artforum.com on [...] Read more

    Director of Getty Research Institute to Retire in 2018

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–The J. Paul Getty Trust announced today that Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute, will step down in the spring of 2018. After his retirement, Gaehtgens will return to Germany to conduct independent research. The trust has begun an international search for a new director. “Thomas Gaehtgens’ international standing as [...] Read more
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    Labour Manifesto to Include Provision for Tuition-Free Education

    LEEDS, ENGLAND–Ahead of the launch of its manifesto next week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow education secretary Angela Rayner hinted that university fees and tuition would scrapped if Labour wins the United Kingdom’s June 9 general election. In the 2015 Labour general election manifesto, the party had proposed reducing the cap on tuition from [...] Read more

    Tufts Names Dina Deitsch as Director and Chief Curator of University Galleries

    MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS–Tufts University announced today that Dina Deitsch was appointed the new director and chief curator of the university art galleries. She will be responsible for operations at the Tufts University Art Gallery on the Medford/Somerville campus and the exhibition spaces at the Boston campus of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at [...] Read more
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    Yale Hunger Strike Challenges University’s Resistance to Unionization

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT–Since April 26, a group of eight Yale University graduate student employees has staged a public fast in a mobile shelter on the university’s Beinecke Plaza to pressure the university administration into returning to the bargaining table and approve the vote in favor of a graduate student union determined in February. The graduate [...] Read more

    Occupy Museums Staged an Unofficial “Graduation” at the Whitney

    NEW YORK–Last Friday, art collaborative Occupy Museums staged an unofficial, graduation-style performance at the Whitney Museum in front of their installation Debtfair, 2017, a piece about the horrors of massive student debt, and the group’s official contribution to this year’s Whitney Biennial, writes Julie Schwietert Collazo of Hyperallergic. The performance, titled An Evening of Counter-Commencement, [...] Read more
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    Santa Fe University of Art and Design Begins Layoffs

    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO–Following April’s announcement that the for-profit Santa Fe University of Art and Design would no longer accept new students and face potential closure after a sale of the school by Laureate Education Inc. to the Singapore-based Raffles Education Corporation collapsed, the university has initiated its first round of layoffs, reports Robert Nott [...] Read more

    John McInerney to Head University of Pennsylvania’s Sachs Program for Arts Innovation

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA–John McInerney, vice president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, has been named the inaugural executive director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sachs Program for Arts Innovation. “John McInerney is the ideal leader to launch our exciting new Sachs Program,” Penn provost Vincent Price said. “He is a highly respected innovator, collaborator, and mentor [...] Read more
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    Edinburgh College of Art Principal Leaves for National Galleries of Scotland

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND–Edinburgh College of Art’s principal Professor Chris Breward will leave the school at the end of the current term to become the director of collections and research at the National Galleries of Scotland amid a restructuring of the museum’s staff and departments, reports the Herald Scotland’s Phil Miller. His tenure at the National Galleries [...] Read more

    New York’s National Academy School to Go on Hiatus

    NEW YORK–The National Academy School in New York announced Thursday that it will suspend classes this August and go on hiatus until it finds a new home for its education program and museum. The museum closed in 2016 in preparation for the sale of the academy’s two buildings on Fifth Avenue and East Eighty-Ninth Street. The [...] Read more
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    Harvard Unionization Enters New Stage of Uncertainty

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS–Following last week’s report that Harvard University omitted names from a roster of eligible voters for the November 2016 graduate student unionization vote, Harvard Magazine reports that the university has filed an objection to the National Labor Relations Board’s tentative decision to hold a new election. The NLRB’s ruling did not specify when a [...] Read more

    French Artists Rally Against Marine Le Pen’s Presidential Bid

    PARIS, FRANCE–Five days before the second round of the French presidential election, more than one thousand activists and sixty cultural organizations rallied at the Philharmonie de Paris, in protest of former National Front leader Marine Le Pen, on Tuesday, May 2, Le Figaro reports. The president of the Philharmonic, Laurent Bayle, urged the crowd to [...] Read more
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    Haegue Yang Appointed Professor of Fine Arts at Frankfurt’s Städelschule

    FRANKFURT, GERMANY–For Monopol, Hanna Altermann reports that South Korean sculptor and installation artist Haegue Yang has been named professor at Frankfurt am Main’s Städelschule. Yang, who lives in Seoul and Berlin, will begin her tenure at the start of the 2017 winter semester; she assumes the Fine Arts professorship from artist Michael Krebber, who will [...] Read more

    Diane H. Lewis (1951–2017)

    NEW YORK–Architect Diane H. Lewis, a professor at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, has died. Lewis came to Cooper as a student in 1968 and started her architecture studies at the school in 1970. In 1976, the year she graduated, she was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture. She was one of [...] Read more
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    Dan Byers to Direct Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS–Curator Dan Byers has been named the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Byers’ tenure begins June 1, per a statement from the Harvard Gazette. Since 2015, Byers has been senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston where he [...] Read more

    Vito Acconci (1940–2017)

    NEW YORK–The legendary artist Vito Acconci, best known for his works of the 1960s and ’70s for which he did a number of controversial acts ranging from biting himself to masturbating under the floorboards of Sonnabend Gallery, has died at the age of seventy-seven. According to art dealer Kenny Schacter, the cause of death was [...] Read more
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    National Endowment for the Arts Given Funding Boost in 2017 Federal Budget

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–After months of uncertainty about the program’s future, the National Endowment for the Arts will receive an additional $1.9 million in federal funds, as stipulated in the bipartisan budget proposed by Congress on Sunday. Jessica Gelt of the Los Angeles Times reports that the funding increase brings the NEA’s operating budget to $149.849 million [...] Read more

    Theaster Gates Unveils Plans for New Culture Park in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS–Artist Theaster Gates and the University of Chicago presented a plan to build a new $1.5 million park located along Garfield Boulevard, which would include footpaths for pedestrians, areas for outdoor performances and movie screenings, and new lighting and fencing. The proposal, which was revealed at a community meeting hosted by the Third Ward [...] Read more
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    Students at Troubled Santa Fe Art School File Suit Against University’s Owners

    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO–Following last week’s decision by owners of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design to close the four-year, for-profit school after the Spring 2018 semester, three students have sued the university’s holding company, Laureate Education Inc., for fraud and breach of contract. The school’s closure was prompted by Laureate Education’s failure [...] Read more

    Lauren Cornell Joins Bard Graduate Program as Director and Hessel Museum as Chief Curator

    ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK–The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College has named New Museum curator Lauren Cornell director of its graduate program in curatorial studies as well as chief curator of the school’s Hessel Museum of Art. She will assume her responsibilities on July 1. “Lauren’s innovative approach to curating and public programming will bring [...] Read more