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    New Fellowship Program at University of Edinburgh Based on the Philosophies of Donald Judd and David Hume

    EDINBURGH, UK—Anny Shaw of the Art Newspaper reports that Peter Ballantine, a fabricator who worked closely with Donald Judd, and a former art supervisor for the Judd Foundation, has started a new fellowship program at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh that will focus on the creation of new scholarship surrounding Judd’s work based on the artist’s [...] Read more
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    Artists in India React To Government’s Proposed “Grading” System

    NEW DELHI, INDIA—The Hindustan Times reported last week that the government’s move to grade the country’s artists and writers has provoked mixed reactions, with some calling for more clarity about the culture ministry’s decision. The proposed system of grading is part of a national cultural mapping project that the government is spearheading in an effort [...] Read more
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    Ford Foundation Awards MoCAD $120,000 Grant for Fellowship Program

    DETROIT, MI—The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit announced that it has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Ford Foundation in support of two curatorial fellowships that will begin in January 2017. “Without [the Foundation’s] support, this fellowship could not have been realized,” Elysia Borowy-Reeder, MOCAD’s executive director, said. “Museum education can be, and should [...] Read more
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    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Adds Six New Board Members

    PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has announced that it has welcomed six new members to its board of trustees. Mark A. Douglas, president of FMC Agricultural Solutions; Robert E. Kohler, professor emeritus of the department of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania and longtime PAFA donor; Jannie K. Lau, [...] Read more
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    Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Names Jeff Arnal Executive Director

    ASHEVILLE, NC—The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center has announced that Jeff Arnal was appointed executive director. Arnal will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership and further developing the institution’s programming and resources. He will start in the position on August 1. “Having worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the [...] Read more
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    KW Institute’s New Director Appoints New Artistic Team

    BERLIN, GERMANY—After hiring a new director, Krist Gruijthuijsen, the KW Institute in Berlin will also now be run by a new artistic team under his leadership, including curator Anna Gritz, associate curators Leaver-Yap and Tirdad Zolghadr, assistant curators and project managers Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Mayer, and graphic designer Marc Hollenstein. The restructuring was made [...] Read more
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    Josephine Halvorson Joins Boston University as Professor of Painting

    BOSTON, MA—The Boston University School of Visual Arts has announced the appointment of Josephine Halvorson as professor of art and chair of graduate studies in painting. She succeeds John Walker, who led the program from 1999 to 2015, and will start her new post in the fall 2016 semester. Halvorson previously taught at Yale University’s [...] Read more
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    Job Cuts at the Met Might Exceed 100 After A Wave of Layoffs

    NEW YORK—After a hiring freeze and a round of voluntary buyouts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is looking to cut more costs by trimming down its core staff by at least fifty positions, Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times reports. Fifty employees have already taken buyouts since the museum announced that it had a [...] Read more
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    The Contemporary Austin Establishes $100,000 Art Prize

    AUSTIN, TX—The Contemporary Austin has announced that it has established the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, a $100,000 biennial award that includes a solo exhibition at the institution’s Jones Center and a scholarly publication. The prize will support working artists in various stages of their careers. The award’s selection committee consists of Deal Booth; Heather [...] Read more
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    Museum of Arts and Design Announces New Board Leaders and Trustees

    NEW YORK—The Museum of Arts and Design has announced several recent appointments, including a change in leadership. Michele Cohen will succeed Lewis Kruger as chair. Ann Kaplan was elected secretary and Joan Hornig and Barbara Waldman will join the board as new trustees. “MAD will be celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this fall, and I welcome [...] Read more
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    NYPD Monitors Gallery After it Received Threats for Displaying Flag Protesting Police Brutality

    NEW YORK—According to Angelica Rogers of the New York Times, Jack Shainman Gallery was put under special alert by the NYPD after it received numerous threats for displaying artist Dread Scott’s black-and-white flag that reads: “A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday.” The flag, which was raised outside of the Manhattan gallery’s building, is a [...] Read more
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    Boyle Heights Activists Demand Art Galleries Leave the LA Neighborhood

    LOS ANGELES, CA—Residents of Boyle Heights—a working-class neighborhood located east of the arts district in downtown Los Angeles—are demanding that art galleries move out of their hometown, Hillel Aron of LA Weekly reports. The activists view the galleries as catalysts for gentrification. “We have one pretty simple demand,” said Maga Miranda, a member of the [...] Read more
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    Agustín Arteaga to Lead Dallas Museum of Art as New Director

    DALLAS, TX—The Dallas Museum of Art announced today that Agustín Arteaga, director of the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, has been appointed director of the institution. He will start in his new position on September 1. “Agustín is a forward-thinking and strategic director with an excellent track record of leading museums on a [...] Read more
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    New York Central Art Supply to Close After 111 Years

    NEW YORK—New York Central Art Supply, which has been owned and operated by the Steinberg family since 1905, will close its doors by the end of the summer. Located at 62 Third Avenue, the building that houses the store is being sold. The family will be selling all of its remaining stock at discounted prices [...] Read more
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    Mellon Foundation Awards Walker Art Center $1 Million For Interdisciplinary Arts Initiative

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced that it has awarded the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis with a $1 million grant that will go toward underwriting the center’s forty-two-month interdisciplinary initiative, which will focus on the intersection between performing arts, performance, and visual art. Nine new events will be commissioned by the center from [...] Read more
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    New York Foundation for the Arts Announces 2016 Artists’ Fellowship Program Winners

    NEW YORK—The New York Foundation for the Arts has unveiled its list of recipients of this year’s Artists’ Fellowship Program. A total of $647,000 will be given to ninety-eight artists or arts groups throughout New York State. Five categories were funded this year: architecture/environmental structures/design, choreography, music/sound, photography, and playwriting/screenwriting. (Fifteen disciplines are considered in [...] Read more
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    Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner to Step Down and Join Sotheby’s

    PITTSBURGH, PA—The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh have announced that Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum, will step down to join Sotheby’s as Senior Vice President of the new Division of Fine Art. He will begin the new position in September, for which he will work on private sales of contemporary art as [...] Read more
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    Coalition of Art Groups Create Plan to Protect Culture in Brooklyn

    BROOKLYN, NY—More than thirty art organizations have partnered with the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to protect the cultural activity in the ever-evolving borough, Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times reports. According to the partnership, in the next couple of years Downtown Brooklyn’s population is projected to increase by 30,000 [...] Read more
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    Stephen Barker Appointed Dean of UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

    IRVINE, CA—The University of California, Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts has announced that drama professor Stephen Barker has been named dean. Barker has served as the interim dean of the school since September 2014. Lisa Naugle, chair of the dance department, who led the nationwide search to fill the position, said, “It became [...] Read more
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    Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2016–17 Artists in Residence

    NEW YORK—Julia Phillips, Autumn Knight, and Andy Robert have been named the 2016–17 artists in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. An interdisciplinary artist, Knight, has shown at Project Row Houses, Crystal Bridges Museum, and the New Museum in New York. Her pieces—performance, installation, and text—often address conventions of racial and gender identity. Phillips [...] Read more
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    Garage Museum Is the First Cultural Institution to Launch Extensive Programming for Disabled People in Russia

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA—Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has launched a new initiative to make art more accessible for disabled audiences, Julia Halperin of the Art Newspaper reports. The museum is one of the first cultural institutions in the country to offer such extensive programming for disabled people. This a significant step in fighting institutionalized discrimination [...] Read more
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    New Museum and K11 Art Foundation Collaborate to Start New Residency for Emerging Chinese Artists

    NEW YORK—The New Museum and the K11 Art Foundation—a nonprofit that supports young Chinese artists, founded by businessman and art collector Adrian Chen—have announced today that they are collaborating on a new residency program for emerging Chinese artists. After the organizations reviewed more than fifty applications, a three-month residency was awarded to the Hangzhou-based film [...] Read more
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    Ringling Museum Donor Sues Institution for Refund of Millions

    SARASOTA, FL—Helga Wall-Apelt, a donor who pledged more than $8 million to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art since 2006, is suing the institution for a breach in contract and is demanding that millions of dollars be refunded to her, Lennie Bennett of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Wall-Apelt promised $4 million in [...] Read more
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    Ronald Perelman Gifts $75 Million for Performing Arts Center at World Trade Center Site

    NEW YORK—Businessman Ronald Perelman announced on Wednesday that he has donated $75 million to move forward with build a performing arts center at the World Trade site, Michael Cooper of the New York Times reports. An arts complex at ground zero had originally been envisioned by architect Daniel Libeskind as part of his 2003 master [...] Read more
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    FCA Establishes Award with $1 Million Gift from Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

    NEW YORK—The Foundation for Contemporary Art has announced that the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation has donated $1 million to establish an endowment for a new contemporary art award. The gift is the largest cash contribution the organization has received in its fifty-three-year history. The $40,000 Ellsworth Kelly Award will support emerging, midcareer, and under-recognized artists by [...] Read more
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    Australian Arts Community Protests $224 Million Cut to Federal Arts Budget

    STRAWBERRY HILLS, AUSTRALIA—The Australian arts community has mobilized support for a nationwide campaign that is demanding a restructuring of the federal arts budget, Claire Voon of Hyperallergic reports. Over the past three years, the current Abbott-Turnbull administration has cut more than $224 million in arts funding. This year, the Australia Council for the Arts could [...] Read more
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    Architect Michael Graves’s Residence and Studio Sold to Kean University

    UNION, NJ—Joshua Barone reports in the New York Times that three properties constituting the former residence and studio of architect Michael Graves will be bought by Kean University, where he helped to found the Michael Graves School of Architecture, for $20. The properties are in Princeton, New Jersey, where Graves founded his firm in 1964, [...] Read more
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    Meg Onli Appointed Assistant Curator at ICA Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, PA—Artnews’s Hannah Ghorashi writes that Meg Onli has been appointed assistant curator at the ICA Philadelphia. Onli, a curator and writer who was the program coordinator at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago, aided in putting together a number of the institution’s exhibitions, such as “Architecture of Independence: [...] Read more