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    San Diego Museum of Art Receives Paintings Valued at $3.5 Million

    SAN DIEGO, CA—The Times of San Diego’s Chris Jennewein reports that the San Diego Museum Of Art received two new paintings, together valued at $3.5 million, from San Diego philanthropist Conrad Prebys. The two works are the seventeenth-century St. Francis in Prayer in a Grotto by Francisco de Zurbaran, and By the Seashore Valencia, 1908, [...] Read more
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    Taubman Museum of Art Launches $2 Million Renovation

    ROANOKE, VA—The Roanoke Times’ Mike Allen reports that the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, will get a $2 million renovation that’ll create a special-exhibition gallery in an unfinished space originally meant to house an IMAX projector. The project will add over 3,700 square feet of space to the whole building. The hope? To [...] Read more
  • 24

    Park Avenue Armory Appoints New Chief Development Officer

    NEW YORK—The Park Avenue Armory has announced the appointment of Melanie Forman as its new chief development officer. Forman was previously at the New York Philharmonic, where she was vice president of development for nine years, and will now lead the support for the Armory’s arts program, educational initiatives, and ongoing renovation of its landmarked [...] Read more
  • 23

    Architecture for Humanity Files for Bankruptcy

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Robin Pogrebin reports in the New York Times that the nonprofit design group Architecture for Humanity, which advocated for architecture’s role as a social good in conflict or disaster areas such as Kosovo, Haiti, and post-hurricane Mississippi, will be closing and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. The chairman of the organization’s board, [...] Read more
  • 22

    Artists Space Adds Three New Board Members

    NEW YORK—Artists Space in New York has announced that three new members are joining its board: David Joselit, Margaret Lee, and Thomas Wong. Joselit is a distinguished professor in art history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Lee, an artist, also curates and founded 47 Canal, and Wong is a [...] Read more
  • 21

    Warhol Foundation Announces $4 Million in Grants

    NEW YORK—Brian Boucher at Artnet reports that the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced four million dollars in grants going to more than forty organizations. The recipients include the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Drawing Center, as well as nonprofit organizations such as Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media [...] Read more
  • 20

    Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum to Retire

    NEW YORK—Harold Holzer, the senior vice president for public affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is set to retire this summer, reports Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times. Holzer has worked at the Met for twenty-three years in various capacities, including advertising, marketing, and visitor services, and in 2013 took on his current [...] Read more
  • 19

    Andrew W. Mellon, Joan Mitchell Foundations Give $370,000 to Contemporary Art Conservation Group

    NEW YORK—The International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art–North America is receiving $300,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and $70,000 from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in support of two ongoing projects: its Artist Interview Workshops and its Artist’s Voice program series—both part of the network’s mission to train conservators and their colleagues on [...] Read more
  • 18

    US State Department Announces Recipients of Medal of Arts for 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC—Artists Sam Gilliam, Xu Bing, Mark Bradford, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley have all been awarded the US State Department Medal of Arts. Each has been chosen for his or her substantive commitment to the State Department’s cultural diplomacy outreach through the arts, and in particular recognizes their work with [...] Read more
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    Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Announces $450 Million Expansion

    HOUSTON, TX—The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has announced plans for a $450 million expansion project that “envisions its campus as the cultural heart of the city,” reports Molly Glentzer of the Houston Chronicle. Created by Steven Holl Architects, the design includes two new buildings and ample public space. Said museum director Gary Tinterow: “Every [...] Read more
  • 16

    President Obama Nominates Diane Rodriguez to National Council on the Arts

    WASHINGTON, DC—President Obama is nominating Diane Rodriguez to the National Council on the Arts. Rodriguez is associate artistic director at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles. She joined the company in 1995 and her previous roles include associate producer and director of new play development, as well as director and resident artist of the [...] Read more
  • 15

    Thom Collins Named Executive Director and President of Barnes Foundation

    PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Barnes Foundation today announced that Thomas “Thom” Collins has been named executive director and president. Collins was director of the Pérez Art Museum in Miami for the past half decade, where he oversaw construction of the museum’s Herzog and de Meuron–designed building. Before working at the Pérez Art Museum, Collins served as director [...] Read more
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    Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham Beal to Retire

    DETROIT, MI—Mark Stryker reports in the Detroit Free Press that the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Graham Beal, has announced he will be retiring in the end of June. During his sixteen years as director, he oversaw the museum’s $158-million renovation and reinstallation. As Stryker notes, the end of Beal’s tenure also saw [...] Read more
  • 13

    Harkness Foundation for Dance to Give $5 Million in Grants to Dance Organizations

    NEW YORK, NY—Lori Holcomb-Holland reports in the New York Times that the Harkness Foundation for Dance has announced it would distribute five million dollars in grants over the next decade to five organizations that support dance. The recipients of these funds are the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Joyce Theater, City Center, the 92nd Street [...] Read more
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    North Carolina Museum of Art to Receive Gift of Over One Hundred Artworks

    RALEIGH, NC—The North Carolina Museum of Art will receive a gift of over one hundred works of modern and contemporary art from the collection of Jim Patton, the founder of a Washington, DC law and lobbying firm, and his late wife Mary. Their gift to the museum includes paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs by [...] Read more
  • 11

    Association of Art Museum Directors Releases First Annual “Art Museums By the Numbers”

    NEW YORK, NY—Jillian Steinhauser reports in Hyperallergic that the Association of Art Museum Directors has released its first annual “Art Museums By the Numbers” report, compiling data gathered via surveys sent to member institutions. According to the report, museums spend, on average, $53.17 per visitor, who in turn spends $7.93 on a typical trip to [...] Read more
  • 10

    FCA Announces Grants to Artists and Robert Rauschenberg Awards for 2015

    NEW YORK, NY—The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns, has announced the recipients of its annual awards. Fourteen unrestricted grants of $35,000 each, amounting to a total of $490,000, will be given to individual artists and one collective in the United States. Along with [...] Read more
  • 09

    Merce Cunningham Trust Announces Major Gifts

    NEW YORK, NY—The Merce Cunningham Trust, which was founded to preserve and extend the artistic legacy of the choreographer Merce Cunningham, has announced major gifts to two art organizations. The first of the two awards, in the amount of $375,000, will go to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to establish and endow a Merce Cunningham [...] Read more
  • 08

    Seattle Art Museum Receives Collection of Over 200 Works

    SEATTLE, WA—The Seattle Art Museum will own the two-hundred-plus works that make up the Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection, according to Melanie Biehle in KOMO News. The Wrights—patrons of the museum for over four decades—began amassing the collection in the 1950s. The gift includes paintings by Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, and sculptures by [...] Read more

    Creative Capital Announces Grant Recipients for 2015

    NEW YORK, NY—Creative Capital has announced that it’s giving out more than $4,370,000 in grants to the 2015 Creative Capital awardees in the moving image and visual arts categories. The fifty awardees come from thirteen states and Puerto Rico, and each will receive $50,000 plus additional advisory services and support valued at $45,000. The winners [...] Read more
  • 07

    Detroit Institute of Arts Hits $100 Million Fundraising Goal

    DETROIT, MI—The beleaguered Detroit Institute of Arts has reached its goal of raising $100 million, an amount which the museum had promised to contribute to Detroit’s “grand bargain rescue fund” meant to aid the ailing city as it undergoes bankruptcy restructuring. Mark Stryker reports in the Detroit Free Press that the total amount in pledges [...] Read more
  • 06

    Nicholas Cullinan Named Director of London’s National Portrait Gallery

    LONDON, UK—Nicholas Cullinan has been appointed director of the National Portrait Gallery in London. He replaces Sandy Naire, becoming the twelfth director in the institution’s 158-year history, reports Mark Brown of The Guardian. Cullinan is currently curator of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position he assumed two years ago. [...] Read more
  • 05

    Federal Judge Rejects Lawsuit Filed by Opponents of Christo Installation

    COLORADO—The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a federal judge has ruled that there is no evidence federal officials failed to comply with environmental laws regarding a planned installation in Colorado by the artist Christo. Opponents of the artist’s project charge that the proposed installation of six miles of silver fabric stretched over sections of the [...] Read more
  • 04

    Raoul-Jean Moulin (1934–2014)

    PARIS, FRANCE—Raoul-Jean Moulin passed away at the end of last year, according to Humanité’s Dominique Widermann. Moulin was a critic, exhibition organizer, and head of the contemporary art archives at the Val-de-Marne and the collections at Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne. In 1958, he began writing criticism for Lettres françaises, and also contributed to Humanité [...] Read more
  • 03

    Artist Tania Bruguera Released from Custody

    HAVANA, CUBA—The New York Times’s Randal C. Archibold reports that Cuban authorities released the artist Tania Bruguera along with several other activists on Friday. Bruguera had been arrested three times in two days, the first in advance of a protest and artwork that she had organized for Tuesday afternoon promoting free expression, to take place [...] Read more
  • 02

    Fluxus Art Projects Grantees Announced

    LONDON, UK—Henri Neuendorf for Artnet reports that eleven recipients of the first round of Fluxus Art Projects grants have been announced. Dedicated to supporting emerging artists and curators from France and the UK, the grants will be supporting artists Olivier Castel, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Isabelle Cornaro, Laura Gannon, Anna Barham, Celia Hempton, and Alex Cecchetti, as [...] Read more
  • 01

    Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art Receives Photography Collection

    Hanover, NH—Artnet’s David Ebony reports that the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth has received a gift of thirty-nine photographs from Tom O’Neil—a Dartmouth alumnus—and his wife Nancy. The donated works are by a total of seventeen artists including Edward Burtynsky, Dawoud Bey, Richard Misrach, and Naoya Hatakeyama. “Nancy and Tom O’Neil have transformed the [...] Read more