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    Lancaster University Gets Go-Ahead for New Arts Building

    A new $14.5 million building that will incorporate the performing arts section of Lancaster University has been given the go-ahead. It is to provide performance space for the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) and will be situated on the north side of the campus. Work is to begin on the building this summer and it will be able to accommodate students by September 2010. Designed to showcase the excellent work that LICA has to offer, it will also be an environmentally friendly building. Its creators hope to achieve an outstanding rating in the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method rating thanks to its sustainable materials and low energy consumption.

    Sotheby’s May Help Brandeis University Loan Art to Boost Budget

    The Boston Globe reports that Brandeis University, which stirred controversy last year by proposing to close its Rose Art Museum, now plans to hire Sotheby’s auction house as a broker to raise money by loaning out artworks, the school confirmed yesterday. Such loans from the Rose’s prized collection, if they take place, would help Brandeis avoid selling the works outright. Founded in 1961, the Rose boasts a collection of 7,500 objects valued by some at more than $350 million, including works by such giants as Matisse, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. In January 2009, Brandeis proposed to close the museum and sell its artworks to help resolve a budget crisis. “I have from the start looked at options other than sale,’’ said Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz, who was criticized by museum officials and arts advocates after the university announced its original plan. “My hope is that if in fact we’re able to arrive at some sort of a deal, all of this will be put to rest.’’

    UCLA Live’s Director David Sefton Resigns

    David Sefton has resigned after nearly ten years as executive and artistic director of UCLA Live, the diverse performing arts series that brings leading dance, classical music, jazz, world and pop music, and touring theater companies to the campus, reports Mike Boehm in the Los Angeles Times. Sefton said Thursday that he quit in response to “a major rethinking and restructuring” of the program that his bosses at UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture are undertaking in response to “increasing fiscal pressures” brought on by the poor economy and the state’s fiscal woes. According to Sefton, the resignation was “done amicably, and by agreement. It was not going to be the program I was originally brought in to run … UCLA Live as I envisioned it was not going to be the model for the future. It's not appropriate for me, and my response was to resign.”
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    Brenau University and Atlanta’s High Museum of Art Announce Partnership

    The Gainesville Times reports that Brenau University has announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Atlanta’s High Museum of Art that will allow the two institutions to share resources and expand Brenau’s art curriculum. During this pilot initiative, beginning in August 2010, Brenau will have the opportunity to draw on the High’s exhibitions, collections, programs, and staff expertise. Brenau becomes the first university to partner with the High Museum. “Brenau University is fortunate in becoming the first academic partner of the High and to be a collaborator with one of the most prestigious museums and presenters of important art in the world,” said Ed Schrader, the president of the university. “Brenau focuses on the presentation of art as an experience for its students and the community, and this relationship will help us fulfill our goal to do that better and more completely than anybody else.” During this affiliation, Brenau students and faculty will receive free or discounted access to the High’s exhibitions and collections. Brenau students also will have the opportunity to participate in internships, attend lectures, and experience behind-the-scenes programs at the High.