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    CAA Appoints Hunter O’Hanian Executive Director

    NEW YORK—The College Art Association—a New York-based organization that promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the visual arts—announced today that Hunter O’Hanian will lead the organization as its new executive director starting in July. He is currently the director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho. “I have long been [...] Read more
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    Pratt Institute’s President to Step Down

    BROOKLYN, NY—Pratt Institute president Thomas F. Schutte will be stepping down at the end of the 2016–2017 academic year, after twenty-three years leading the school. He will assume the title of president emeritus after that. Before joining Pratt in 1993, he spent a decade as president of RISD. At Pratt, Schutte oversaw the construction of [...] Read more
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    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Names New Director

    SAN DIEGO, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s deputy director Kathryn Kanjo has been named their new director and CEO, a post which she will take up next October, according to Carolina A. Miranda in the Los Angeles Times. She will take over duties from longtime director, Hugh Davies, who has led the institution [...] Read more
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    Ten Faculty Members Cut from Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

    WASHINGTON, DC—Ten full-time professors who joined the Corcoran’s art school around the time that it became controlled by George Washington University will not be seeing their contracts renewed, according to the Washington Post’s Peggy McGlone. Student enrollment has plummeted 24 percent since August 2014, when the university took over the school. At the time, the [...] Read more
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    Milwaukee Art Museum Receives Gift of $8 Million to Endow New Directorship

    MILWAUKEE, WI—According to Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, longtime donors, Donna and Donald Baumgartner, have gifted the Milwaukee Art Museum $8 million. The funds will add to the museum’s $50-million endowment. The Baumgartners’s donation will support the museum’s search for a new director. Its current director, Dan Keegan, is stepping down this [...] Read more
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    W.A.G.E. Writes Open Letter to the New Museum

    NEW YORK—New York-based artist advocacy group W.A.G.E.—Working Artists and the Greater Economy—has issued an open letter to the New Museum regarding the announcement of its new expansion project. In the letter, the group urges the museum to become W.A.G.E. certified in order to ensure that artists are properly compensated. W.A.G.E.’s certification program is voluntary and [...] Read more
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    San Francisco’s SOMArts Cultural Center Names New Director

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA—SOMArts Cultural Center has announced that Maria Jenson will be joining the organization as its new executive director on May 19. She will work with staff to continue to develop the organization’s ability to support Bay Area artists. Jenson previously worked as the public partnerships manager for San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art [...] Read more
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    Australia Council for the Arts to Invest $112 Million in Arts Organizations

    SURRY HILLS, AUSTRALIA—The Australia Council for the Arts announced today that $112 million in funding will be invested in small and medium sized arts organizations over a four-year period. Designed to bolster the country’s arts sector by providing longterm support, the Four Year Funding Program is a new grant model that will allot $28 million [...] Read more
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    Carnegie Mellon University Appoints Charlie White Head of the School of Art

    PITTSBURGH, PA—Carnegie Mellon University has announced that artist and educator Charlie White will be the new head of its School of Art. Currently a professor at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design, White has worked in academia for thirteen years. He had also served as director of the Roski School’s [...] Read more
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    New Museum Plans Expansion After Raising $43 Million

    NEW YORK—The New Museum will be expanding into the building it owns next door to its current location at 235 Bowery, according to Randy Kennedy in the New York Times. The announcement came together with the news that the museum has raised a forty-three million dollar portion of its eighty-million-dollar capital campaign—“the largest fund-raising effort [...] Read more
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    Indiana University Art Museum Receives Landmark Gift of $15 Million

    BLOOMINGTON, IN—Indiana University Art Museum announced today that it has received an historic gift of $15 million from philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi. The funds will support the renovation of the museum’s I.M. Pei–designed building. The university is also going to invest $20 million into the building project, which will be spearheaded by Susan T. [...] Read more
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    UCLA’s Art School to Build $31 Million Studio Complex With Major Donation

    LOS ANGELES, CA—The University of California Los Angeles’s School of the Arts and Architecture is planning to add a $31-million studio complex that will be slated to open in 2019, Christopher Knight of the LA Times reports. The plan for the 75,000-square-foot building for graduate students was originally conceived in 2011, but was shelved due [...] Read more
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    Andria Hickey Joins Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art as Senior Curator

    CLEVELAND, OH—The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland announced the appointments of Andria Hickey as senior curator and Will Brown as assistant curator, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Steven Litt. As curator of New York’s Public Art Fund, Hickey has organized a number of shows by artists including Oscar Tuazon, Danh Vo, Katharina Grosse. She was [...] Read more
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    Franklin & Marshall Receives $10 Million for New Arts Building

    LANCASTER, PA—A new visual arts building will be constructed by Franklin & Marshall College on its campus with the help of a recent gift of ten million dollars, reports LancasterOnline’s K. Scott Krieder. Ben Winter, the vice chairman of F&M’s board, and his wife Susan are behind the donation, the second biggest in the school’s [...] Read more
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    Mahmoud Hawari Named Director of New Palestinian Museum

    BIRZEIT, PALESTINE—Mahmoud Hawari, a research associate at Oxford University’s Khalili Research Center, was appointed the new director of the 37,000-square-foot Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, which will open its doors in May, Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper reports. A visiting academic at the British Museum and a director of several archaeological excavations at sites such [...] Read more
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    Artists Space Leaves Greene Street Location after Twenty-Three Years

    NEW YORK—The executive director and curator of Artists Space, Stefan Kalmár, announced yesterday that the nonprofit exhibition space will be leaving its current location at Thirty-Eight Greene Street, which it has occupied for the last twenty-three years, after the closing of artist Lukas Duwenhögger’s retrospective, which ends June 5, 2016. Artists Space negotiated a buyout [...] Read more
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    Recipients for 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards Announced

    NEW YORK—Creative Capital and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation have announced this year’s recipients of the Performing Artist Awards. Each awardee—in the fields of theatre, jazz, and dance—will receive $275,000 in “flexible, multi-year funding as well as financial and legal counseling, professional development activities and peer-to-peer learning opportunities provided by Creative Capital.” The awardees are: [...] Read more
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    Mellon Foundation Awards $600,000 Grant to Clark Art Institute

    NEW YORK, NY AND WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Andrew W. Mellon foundation has announced that it will award the Clark Art Institute a $600,000 grant in support of the institute’s research and academic program. The grant will fund the program for three years and will be used to bolster art history and visual art scholarships, to create [...] Read more
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    Artists Urge Guggenheim to Reverse Decision to End Negotiations with Gulf Labor

    NEW YORK—Ten artists have released a statement expressing their disappointment with the Guggenheim Museum’s decision to break off talks with the Gulf Labor Coalition concerning workers’ rights for the laborers building the museum’s Abu Dhabi outpost, Carey Dunne of Hyperallergic reports. The artists—Abbas Akhavan, Kader Attia, Ali Cherri, Mariam Ghani, Joana Hadjithomas, Iman Issa, Khalil [...] Read more
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    Baltimore Museum of Art Announces New Director

    BALTIMORE, MD—The Baltimore Museum of Art has announced that Christopher Bedford will be its new director. He succeeds Doreen Bolger, who served as director of the institution from 1998 until her retirement in 2015. Bedford is currently the director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and will assume his new role on August [...] Read more
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    Fowler Museum Receives $1 Million Gift and Pledge of Up to $14 Million

    LOS ANGELES—The University of California at Los Angeles’s Fowler Museum announced that it received a donation of $1 million from art collectors Jay and Deborah Last. The couple has previously given the institution more than 600 works of art. The museum is currently looking to raise over $28 million in a fundraising campaign. It hopes [...] Read more
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    Mellon Foundation Awards Brooklyn Museum $1 Million Grant

    BROOKLYN, NY—The Brooklyn Museum has received a $1 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant that will be distributed over four years. In a statement the museum said that the grant “will play a key role in coordinating a clear, unified vision among the institution’s curatorial staff.” It will also be used to establish a travel [...] Read more