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    Seattle Art Museum Announces Winner of Betty Bowen Award

    SEATTLE, WA—Ralph Pugay—an artist based in Portland, Oregon—has been announced as the recipient of the Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Award, reports David Stabler at The Oregonian. The award includes a cash prize of $15,000 and been given out for the past thirty-six years to help artists in the Northwest gain wider recognition. The committee [...] Read more
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    Met Opera Announces Layoffs

    NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Opera announced last Friday afternoon that it is cutting twenty-two of its administrative positions, mostly in layoffs, reports Michael Cooper of the New York Times. This comes after the Met’s deal last month with its major unions wherein management promised to match pay cuts for union jobs with equivalent cuts to the [...] Read more
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    New York City Creates Program to Aid Arts Groups with Disaster Relief

    NEW YORK—To help arts organizations prepare for emergency situations on the scale of Hurricane Sandy, New York City announced on Wednesday that it will create a response and recovery network to share practices about emergency preparation and pool resources, reports Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times. The new organization is called CultureAID, or “Culture [...] Read more
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    Toby Devan Lewis, Dean Barry Named New Trustees at Cleveland Museum of Art

    CLEVELAND, OH—Toby Devan Lewis has been named a trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dean Cameron Barry, president of Dean Barry Wealth Management, was also elected. Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer reports that Barry and Lewis join the museum’s thirty-plus-member board three weeks after William Griswold, former director of the Morgan Library and [...] Read more
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    Jessica Morgan to Lead Dia Art Foundation

    NEW YORK—Dia Art Foundation’s board of trustees has just announced the appointment of Jessica Morgan as its next director. Morgan has served as a curator at Tate since 2002, and in 2010 became the Daskalopoulos curator of international art at Tate Modern in London. She also recently served as artistic director of the tenth Gwangju [...] Read more

    2014 MacArthur Fellows Include Rick Lowe, Alison Bechdel

    CHICAGO, IL—The MacArthur Foundation has named twenty-one fellows for this year, each of whom will receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 meant to allow “recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.” Artist Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, is one of this year’s winners. Trained as a painter, Lowe—with [...] Read more
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    Speed Art Museum Hires Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture

    LOUISVILLE, KY—Erika Holmquist-Wall has been appointed the new Mary and Barry Bingham, Sr., curator of European and American painting and sculpture at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. She’ll start on October 6. Holmquist-Wall began her career at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2000 as a curatorial assistant, and in 2007 became assistant [...] Read more
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    Lauren Ross Named Curator of VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art

    RICHMOND, VA—Lauren Ross has been named the inaugural curator for the Institute for Contemporary Art, set to open at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. Ross was the first curator of arts programs at the High Line, and most recently served as the Nancy E. Meinig curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philbrook [...] Read more
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    LAXART to Move to Hollywood

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The Los Angeles–based art space LAXART will be moving to a new building at 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood just in time for its tenth anniversary next year. Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects will renovate the building, a former recording studio where everyone from Billie Holiday to Frank Zappa recorded music. Offer nearly twice [...] Read more
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    Brooklyn Museum Director to Retire

    BROOKLYN, NY—Carol Vogel reports in the New York Times that the Brooklyn Museum’s director, Arnold L. Lehman, has announced that he intends to retire around June next year. Over his past seventeen years at the museum, museum’s annual attendance has more than doubled, going from 247,000 to 558,788 visitors. Lehman also brought the endowment from [...] Read more
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    Anonymous Donor Gives $10 Million to Cleveland Museum

    CLEVELAND, OH—Yesterday, the Cleveland Museum of Art announced that it’s received a $10 million anonymous donation, reports the Plain-Dealer’s Steven Litt. The gift comes with a catch: The museum must raise an additional $20 million in donations. All the funds would go toward the museum’s $320 million capital campaign for its recent expansion and renovation, [...] Read more
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    Phillips Collection’s Chief Curator to Retire

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, has announced the retirement of its chief curator, Eliza Rathbone. She is leaving after almost thirty years with the private institution, where she led the curatorial department for more than twenty years, organizing over two dozen exhibitions of Impressionist and modern art, drawing from the museum’s permanent collection [...] Read more
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    Portland Museum of Art Buys Land to Preserve Winslow Homer’s Studio

    PORTLAND, ME—The Portland Museum of Art has purchased land around the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine, and placed it in conservation in order to protect the landscape that Homer viewed from his studio, reports Bob Keyes at the Portland Press Herald. The museum, after restoring the studio and opening it to [...] Read more
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    Rose Art Museum Receives Two Major Grants

    WALTHAM, MA—The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University has received two grants, both one hundred thousand dollars, from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation respectively. The former will help endow the institution’s September 2015 exhibition “Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood.” The latter will provide three years of support [...] Read more
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    Jennifer Homans Opens Ballet Think Tank at New York University

    NEW YORK—Jennifer Homans, former ballet dancer and author of Apollo’s Angels, an extensive scholarly account of more than four centuries of dance, will open a “ballet think tank” at New York University, reports Michael Cooper of the New York Times. Homans, who is currently a scholar in residence at the university, received $2 million from [...] Read more
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    Frank Gehry Dismissed as Architect of World Trade Center’s Performing Arts Center

    NEW YORK—The board of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center has announced that Frank Gehry has been dismissed as its architect and designs of three former finalists are being reconsidered. Part of the 2003 master plan designed by Daniel Libeskind, the center—estimated to cost $400 million—has been the slowest of the projects [...] Read more
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    Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center Plans Expansion

    ASHEVILLE, NC—Carol Motsinger reported in the Citizen Times that the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center will nearly double in size. The expansion comes more than eight decades after the original art school broke ground, and will take place in downtown Asheville, in the nearby Center for Craft Creativity and Design. Construction for the [...] Read more
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    Center for Maine Contemporary Art Plans New Building

    ROCKPORT, ME—Construction on a new complex for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is slated to begin next week. The $2.5 million project received approval last April and includes an 8,200-square-foot building with a 2,200-square-feet glass-enclosed courtyard, reports Stephen Betts of the Bangor Daily News. The grand opening is scheduled for spring of 2016.
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    Blanton Museum Receives Collection of Latin American Art

    AUSTIN, TX—The Blanton Museum at the University of Texas, Austin has received a collection of Latin American art that includes one hundered and twenty works both modern and contemporary, reports Molly Glentzer at the Houston Chronicle. The Houston based collectors Charles and Judy Tate are the donators. In addition to the collection, which includes works [...] Read more
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    High Museum Receives $2.5 Million for Folk Art

    ATLANTA, GA—Ashton Cooper at ARTINFO reports that the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia has been given $2.5 million by local philanthropists Dan Boone and his late wife Merrie Boone. The gift is for museum initiatives centered around folk art, including the endowment of a permanent curator in the museum’s folk and self-taught art [...] Read more
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    Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Architecture School to Lose Accreditation

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ—The architecture school run by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will lose its accreditation in 2017, reports Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times. Two years ago the Higher Learning Commission, a nonprofit based in Chicago that accredits universities and colleges, put in place a new policy requiring that “accredited institutions must be separately [...] Read more
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    Cleveland Museum of Art Names Director of Performing Arts

    CLEVELAND, OH—Thomas Welsh has been appointed director of performing arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Welsh joined the institution in 2007 and previously acted as the associate director of music; he also served as the Ohio City Stages program director. Massoud Saidpour, the former director of performing arts, resigned in February. According to Zachary [...] Read more