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Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center Names New Curator

Samantha McGirr reports in the Stanford Daily that the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell as the new Burton and Deedee McMurtry curator of drawings, prints, and photographs. Mitchell will begin her duties, which include overseeing almost seven thousand artworks from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, in November.

Mitchell was formerly an assistant curator in the department of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where her primary duty was to coordinate the works on paper that are now integrated into the galleries in the new wing of the art of the Americas. Additionally, from 2008 to 2010, she taught a course on modern Mexican art at the Massachusetts College of Art as an adjunct lecturer.

Mitchell earned her Ph.D. from UC-Santa Barbara in 2006. Before beginning her graduate studies, she was the 1997–1999 Lynn and Philip A. Straus curatorial intern in the Fogg Art Museum’s print department at Harvard University.

Mitchell joins four other curators at the Cantor Arts Center, each with expertise in a respective area. Aside from drawings, prints, and photographs, the collections include: European art, arts of Africa and the Americas, modern and contemporary art, and Asian art. In total, the center houses over thirty-thousand objects spanning five-thousand years, from ancient Egypt to the modern day.

September 30, 2010

Jonathan D. Katz Appointed Associate Professor at University at Buffalo Visual Arts Department

Jonathan D. Katz, PhD, was announced as a new associate professor in the University at Buffalo Visual Arts Department where he will direct the new doctoral program.

Katz is a pioneering academic, prodigious scholar, and gay activist who has made scholarly contributions to queer studies the focus of his professional career.

In the 1990s, he was the first full-time American academic to be tenured in the field of gay and lesbian studies. He founded and chaired both the Harvey Milk Institute, the largest queer studies institute in the world, and the Queer Caucus for Art of the College Art Association. He also co-founded Queer Nation San Francisco, and was the first artistic director of the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco.

“I am very excited at the prospect of directing a graduate program in visual studies that will take into consideration––or the first time––issues of gender and sexuality,” he says.

“Art history has been slow to embrace twenty years of scholarship in this field,” he says, “but because of plans already in place, UB is poised to become a world leader in this area of study.”

September 29, 2010

MacArthur Foundation Fellows Announced

Thirteen scholars associated with universities and academic research institutions are among the 23 winners of MacArthur fellowships, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The winners and their achievements, as summarized by the foundation, are as follows:

Amir Abo-Shaeer, 38, a public schoolteacher in Goleta, Calif. He was chosen for inspiring and preparing public high-school students for careers in science and mathematics through an innovative curriculum that integrates applied physics, engineering, and robotics.

Jessie Little Doe Baird, 46, a language preservationist in Mashpee, Mass. She revived a long-silent language and restored to her Native American community a vital sense of its cultural heritage and to the nation a link to its complex past.

Kelly Benoit-Bird, 34, a marine biologist at Oregon State University. She uses sophisticated acoustic-engineering technology to explore the previously invisible behavior of ocean creatures and address long-unanswered questions about the structure and behavior of food chains.

Nicholas Benson, 46, a stone carver in Newport, R.I. His work preserves the legacy of a centuries-old artistic tradition and expands the art of hand letter carving with the beauty and craftsmanship of his own designs.

Drew Berry, 40, a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. His work enhances the understanding of biological processes and systems by synthesizing data from a variety of fields into scientifically accurate, aesthetically rich visualizations.

Carlos D. Bustamante, 35, a population geneticist at Stanford University. His laboratory mines DNA sequence data to address fundamental questions about the mechanisms of evolution, the complex origins of human genetic diversity, and patterns of population migration.

Matthew Carter, 72, a type designer in Cambridge, Mass. He crafts letterforms of unequaled elegance and precision for a range of applications and media that span the migration of text from the printed page to computer screens.

David Cromer, 45, a theater director, of New York. His work reinvigorates classic American plays with a spirit and urgency that eschews nostalgia and provides audiences with unexpectedly fresh and compelling theatrical experiences.

John Dabiri, 30, a biophysicist at the California Institute of Technology. He investigates the hydrodynamics of jellyfish propulsion, which has profound implications for understanding evolutionary adaptation and such related issues in fluid dynamics as blood flow in the human heart.

Shannon Lee Dawdy, 43, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago. She has combined archaeological scholarship with historical preservation to reveal the dynamics of intellectual and social life in New Orleans from its establishment as a French colony to the present day.

Annette Gordon-Reed, 51, a law professor and a history professor at Harvard University who won a Pulitzer Prize last year for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Ms. Gordon-Reed has enriched the understanding of colonial and early-American interracial relations by disentangling the complicated history of two distinct founding families.

Yiyun Li, 37, a fiction writer and an associate professor of English at the University of California at Davis. She dramatizes the myriad effects of late-20th-century China’s sweeping social changes in a moving, yet understated, style of storytelling.

Michal Lipson, 40, an optical physicist at Cornell University. She works at the intersection of fundamental photonics and nanofabrication engineering to design silicon-based photonics circuits that are paving the way for practical optical computing devices.

Nergis Mavalvala, 42, a quantum astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work links optics, condensed matter, and quantum mechanics in research that enhances the ability to detect and quantify gravitational radiation.

Jason Moran, 35, a jazz pianist and composer, of New York. He blends musical styles in genre-crossing performances that expand the boundaries of jazz expression.

Carol Padden, 55, a sign-language linguist at the University of California at San Diego. Her work illuminates the unique structure and evolution of sign languages and the specific social implications of signed communication.

Jorge Pardo, 47, an installation artist, of Los Angeles. His work challenges the distinction between fine art and design, as well as the constraints of museum and gallery spaces, with visually seductive works at the intersection of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Sebastian Ruth, 35, a violist, violinist, and music educator, of Providence, R.I. His efforts have provided richly rewarding musical experiences and education for urban youth and their families while forging new roles beyond the concert hall for the 21st-century musician.

Emmanuel Saez, 37, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley. He draws on quantitative analyses, behavioral experiments, and theoretical insights to enhance understanding of the relationship between income and tax policy.

David Simon, 50, an author, screenwriter, and producer best known as the creator of the HBO television series The Wire, of Baltimore. He crafts richly textured narratives that engage wide-ranging audiences and confront daunting challenges facing America’s urban centers.

Dawn Song, 35, a computer-security specialist at the University of California at Berkeley. Her work explores the deep interactions among software, hardware, and networks to increase the stability of computer systems vulnerable to remote attack or interference.

Marla Spivak, 55, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her work helps protect one of the world’s most important pollinators, the honey bee, from decimation by disease while making important contributions to the understanding of bee biology.

Elizabeth Turk, 48, a sculptor, of Atlanta. She transforms her signature medium of marble, a traditionally monumental and prone-to-fracture material, into intricate, seemingly weightless works of art.

September 28, 2010

University of Gloucestershire Plans to Construct Art and Design Center

According to the Cotswold News, the University of Gloucestershire has revealed its plans to invest £5 million into refurbishing its campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. The newly announced refurbishment includes the construction of a dedicated art and design center at the Hardwick site in St. Paul’s. According to the plan, the existing sports hall will be renovated to provide fine art and photography studios while graphics and advertising courses will be delivered at Francis Close Hall in specialist design studios in the current hospitality center and within the Centre for Active Learning on the site.

Work will begin on the refurbishments from September 2010. University staff and students will have the opportunity to view an exhibition with artists’ impressions of the changes on campus and online from the new term. A rendering of the new art center can be found on BBC’s website.

September 27, 2010

Second “Art Attack” at University of Otago College of Education

A group of Dunedin women artists has launched a second secret “art attack” at the University of Otago College of Education.
The group, which call itself the ArTarts, planted crosses into a courtyard lawn after business hours on Monday to protest restructuring, which they say will cut art tuition to teacher trainees by 25 percent from next year.

Scores of small crosses spelled out the word “ARTS.”

Fifteen full-time positions are going from the college over the next fifteen months: twelve teacher educator positions and three general positions. Critics say the move will result in a reduction in tuition in several curriculum areas including classroom practice, dance, drama and visual arts.

A woman, who alerted the Otago Daily Times on Monday and requested anonymity, said the ArTarts were not college staff members but women who supported the staff.

The group was based on the Guerrilla Girls in New York—artists who, since 1989, have donned gorilla masks and staged public art happenings and installations.

Last month, the ArTarts hung twelve paper figures from trees in the college grounds to represent the twelve academic staff losing their jobs. The figures were quickly removed.

September 24, 2010

Nisk Imbeault Becomes Director at Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton

Nisk Imbeault, who served as acting director of the Galerie d’art Louise-Cohen and Reuben since January, has taken office at her new space Galerie Sans Nom à Moncton according to Julie-Anne Lapointe for L’Etoile. She will be responsible for managing the agency and the collection, which has over 800 pieces of art. She will also be in charge of coordination of the various exhibitions at the gallery and the acquisition of works of art.

“I intend to try to engage the community a bit more in the activities of the GAUM,” she says. “I think there is a possibility of opening a dialogue with both artists and community people interested in visual arts and Acadian contemporary artistic expression,” says the former undergraduate student Visual Arts at the University of Moncton.

The gallery is located in an academic environment, that is to say, in the heart of the campus of the University of Moncton. Imbeault also hopes to focus on research in the visual arts, particularly in connection with the visual works of Acadian artists. “I think the university gallery, through its relationship with the academic environment, the visual arts department, and the rest of the university, is well situated to be able to do research in visual arts, develop a dialogue with working Acadian artists, and edit publications,” she says.

September 22, 2010

Dan Mills Appointed New Director of Bates College Art Museum

Curator and arts administrator, Dan Mills is the new director of the Bates College Museum of Art.

Mills comes to Maine from Bucknell University, where for nine years he served as director of the Samek Art Gallery.

He joins a museum known both for innovative, high-profile exhibitions and as a model of the academic art museum––a laboratory where students, faculty, and the community interact with art that resonates across the disciplines of a liberal arts education.

“I’ve known of Bates for many years from afar,” says Mills, and was drawn by the museum’s exhibition track record as well as its facilities and collection.

Mills adds that he has come to the college at a singular moment in its history, as President Elaine Tuttle Hansen has asked the institution to renew its emphasis on the arts as one part of Choices for Bates, a collaborative, college-wide strategic initiative. Spawning initiatives that include the creation of a Bates Arts Collaborative of faculty and campus arts presenters, “this is a wonderful situation, one with many opportunities for the arts and the college,” says Mills.

September 21, 2010

High Museum of Art Transfers Works to MOCA GA

The High Museum of Art recently transferred twenty-one works by fourteen Georgia artists from its collection to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA). In addition, the High has transferred more than 700 duplicate publications from its archives to a new reference library currently under development by MOCA GA. The publications focus on modern and contemporary art and art from around the world. Scholars, curators, art historians, educators, artists, and the public will have access to this new library.

“The High is delighted to now include MOCA GA in our repertoire of international and regional collaborations,” said David Brenneman, the High’s director of Collections and Exhibitions. “Through the transfer of these works to MOCA GA, whose mission celebrates the contemporary art of Georgia, we are excited that Atlanta and regional communities will have greater access to view and study these artists and their work.”

“This collaboration between MOCA GA and the High is significant and an important step for the arts,” said Annette Cone-Skelton, MOCA GA’s president/CEO/director. “These new additions will fill in some major gaps for our collection, especially works by Lamar Dodd, Ben Shute, Gladene Tucker, Shirley Bolton, and Ferdinand Warren. The donated publications from the High will be housed in the library of our Education/Resource Center and will join others donated by artists and collectors including Ruth Laxson and the Estate of Genevieve Arnold.”

September 20, 2010

Contemporary Art Pre-School Opens in New York

Natalie Shutler reports for ARTINFO.com that this Monday saw the opening of La Petite Ecole, a pre-school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that promises to teach creativity and self-expression to students aged two and a half to ten by trading Play-Doh for Pollock-esque finger-painting, and story time for studio time with a working contemporary artist.

The man behind the art-obsessed school — which is run solely in French, and charges $16,100 per year — is Virgil de Voldère, a father of two who also happens to own a gallery bearing his name in Chelsea. “My role is to be crazy and bring crazy ideas to the school,” he told ARTINFO. He has hired two full-time teachers, Laure Ardoin and Rachel Woursell, to lead the classes, which will be divided between sessions for the younger children in the morning and after-school lessons for the older children in the afternoon. It will be up to these educators, he continued, to channel his vision and “say, ‘Listen Virgil, that is not for children of this age.’ Or, ‘OK, I can make this work.’”

The visiting artists, meanwhile, include Nina Bovasso and Alejandra Seeber, who will work with the children in the Discovery Room of the school, which is located in an 82nd Street brownstone. Bovasso has been included in the Prague Biennale and has shown in museums internationally; Seeber is one of de Voldère’s gallery artists. After classes in the Discovery Room, children are led into the adjoining Art Studio, a comfortable setting arranged around a giant painter’s palette where they can express themselves artistically. De Voldère said that his inspiration for the Art Studio— and it’s enormous palette — came from French psychiatrist Arno Stern, who proposed a similar configuration for therapy sessions aimed at fostering freedom in people of all ages.

September 16, 2010

Alicia Eggert Appointed Assistant Professor of Art at Bowdoin College

Coming to Bowdoin from a teaching position at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, Alicia Eggert is the new assistant professor of Art.

Eggert is teaching both Sculpture I and Architectural Design I, two areas of study in which she has extensive experience. After gaining her architecture degree from Drexel University, Eggert pursued a career in architecture in New York City. Since then, she has decided to devote herself to art by teaching and focusing on her own work.

Eggert’s first assignment in Sculpture I involves both the idea of found-object art and socialization. Students were told to ask strangers on campus for the loose items in their pockets, which will be the basis of their projects.

“The assignment is about deriving inspiration from interactions with people and translating that into an object where the materials really convey the meaning or the person that it’s supposed to be representing.”

September 15, 2010

Proposal to Give Tennessee Arts Commission Temporary Possession of Fisk Collection

Attorney general Bob Cooper on Friday asked a judge to give the Tennessee Arts Commission temporary possession of a 101-piece collection donated to Fisk University by the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe, reports the Associated Press

The school in a statement called the proposal “nothing less than a theft of the art from Fisk” that could force the historically black university to close its doors.

Cooper’s proposal came after chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle last month rejected Fisk’s plan to sell a 50 percent stake in the collection to a Bentonville, Arkansas, museum for $30 million because the deal didn’t meet the terms of O’Keeffe’s donation in 1949.

Nashville chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle agreed with the school’s argument at trial that it can’t afford the upkeep of the collection, but urged the attorney general and the school to propose a “Nashville-based solution” that better adheres to O’Keeffe’s wishes than to share it with the Crystal Bridges Museum founded by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton.

Under Cooper’s plan, the collection would be displayed under contract at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts. It would be accessible free of charge, and would continue to be called the “Alfred Stieglitz Collection at Fisk University.”

The state would pay the estimated $75,000 for conservation work on the art and insure the collection that the school says is worth at least $74 million. The collection would be returned to Fisk once it can afford to care for and display the art there.

September 14, 2010

Kenyon Center for Arts Appoints Natalie Marsh as Director

Natalie Marsh has been selected as the director of the Center for Arts and is working to design a new art gallery that will help promote involvement across academic disciplines reports August Steigmeyer for the Kenyon Collegian.

Marsh, who is currently transitioning from her position as director of the Denison Museum, said she is “thrilled” to be working at Kenyon and starting a new gallery. “It’s a very exciting time to be a part of this project,” she said. “It’s nice to come in and be a part of a totally new building and helping to decide what arts and culture are going to mean on this campus.”

President S. Georgia Nugent said members of the search committee that chose Marsh were “all blown away by her. She just really impressed us in her on-campus visit as being very rooted in liberal arts education; she definitely anchors everything she does.”

A graduate of Illinois-Wesleyan University with a PhD in art history, Marsh has had ten years of experience not only with running established museum exhibitions but also with building them from the ground up, which she said is vastly different from maintaining a program which already exists. She said this background, combined with her liberal arts education and teaching experience, will help her design a Kenyon-specific gallery.

Marsh said she is working towards bringing art shows organized by prominent museums to Kenyon, a process that has to start now to bring the show in three to four years’s time. However, “some of these projects may not fit this kind of college and the emphases in the curriculum,” she said. Thus she said she will also be organizing exhibitions internally which will be “customized to classes on campus and what the faculty may be working on and thinking about.

September 14, 2010

Marquette University Museum Gets Grant Delayed Amid Debate

The Wisconsin Arts Board approved a grant request for the art museum at Marquette University, a decision the board had delayed this spring because of “serious questions” about alleged discriminatory hiring at the school, reports the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel.

The board voted Saturday to approve a grant request for the Haggerty Museum of Art after hearing from museum director Wally Mason about steps the university will take following criticism of Marquette for rescinding the offer of a deanship to Jodi O’Brien, a lesbian scholar at Seattle University. Arts board members noted that the university had reached a settlement with O’Brien and that university president Father Robert A. Wild had pledged to examine the school’s hiring practices and faculty governance.

“He acknowledges the way this decision was handled was not becoming of the institution,” Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, who is chair of the Arts Board, said Monday.

Marquette announced on May 6 that it was rescinding its offer of the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to O’Brien, citing concerns relating to Marquette’s “Catholic mission and identity” and the university’s incompatibility with some of her writings. O’Brien supporters said the university pulled the offer because of the professor’s scholarship explores lesbian themes, an accusation the university denied.

In late May, the arts board voted unanimously to defer a decision on the Haggerty museum’s grant, citing questions over the school’s hiring practices. On Saturday, the board voted seven to one to approve a grant, with another member abstaining, arts board director George Tzougros said.

September 13, 2010

Joan Mitchell Foundation Announces 2010 MFA Grant Recipients

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the 15 recipients of its 2010 MFA grant program, which awards $15,000 to each winner via an anonymous process of nomination and jury review, reports Walter Robinson in Artnet.

The winners are Molly Anderson (Tulane), Janet Bruhn (Virginia Commonwealth University), Micah Gaw (Ohio State), Michel Droge (Maine College of Art), Patricia Fernandez (Cal Arts), Rema Ghuloum (California College of the Arts), Erik Gonzalez (Yale), Kristin Haas (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Eric Kniss (UNC Greensboro), Jon Lee (Syracuse), Caitlin Lonegan (UCLA), Cobi Moules (School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University), Brian Porray (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Ashley Shellhause (Miami University), Michael Sirianni (University of Illinois at Chicago). To date, the foundation has awarded 162 MFA grants.

September 10, 2010

Anna Becker Appointed Executive Director of Kingsborough Performing Arts Center

Anna Becker has taken over as executive director of Kingsborough Performing Arts Center. “It is a very exciting time here at KPAC as we take a fresh look at the mission and talk to our varied communities” stated Becker. “It has been a real privilege hearing about life inside and outside the Kingsborough gates and I have especially enjoyed talking with our audiences about what they hope to see at the Performing Arts Center. For that reason, we decided to throw a Season Opening Concert and Party on September 26; it will be a wonderful opportunity to meet more of our neighbors and friends and let them know about the master performing artists we will be bringing in from all over the world to perform at Kingsborough.”

September 9, 2010

David Hickman Remembered

Amanda Trella reports for the Daily Cougar that after losing one of their longest-serving professors last month, students, and colleagues in University of Houston’s School of Art continue to remember David Hickman.

Students remember Hickman, who taught at UH for over forty years, for his undivided passion to color as an artist, patron, and enthusiast.

“He loved the color purple. He loved color in general,” photography junior Gloria Cervantes said. “He was the most passionate teacher I have ever had, and I’m sorry to hear that future generations will never be able to experience the love and appreciation of art that Professor Hickman taught to his students, especially me.”

Hickman began teaching at UH in 1969. Since that time, his dedication to his students was evident. In 1975, he helped lead the way in developing the Master of Fine Arts program for the University’s fine art students. In addition to the impact he has made on the University, Hickman has supported countless local arts organizations and boards.

He served as president of the Houston Society of Illustrators. He also acted as an examiner for the International Baccalaureate Programs in Texas, and was elected to the Board of Directors of Artist Bookworks Houston.

“No matter what he did or how busy he was, he always made time for his students,” Cervantes said.

September 7, 2010

Lulu Li Wins 2010 GAM Gilbert de Botton Prize

Lulu Li was this week announced as the winner of the inaugural GAM Gilbert de Botton Art Prize for new talent. The Chelsea College of Art and Design student was selected for her series of five temporal installations and was presented with the award at the opening of the College’s annual postgraduate show.

MA Fine Art student Li transformed her studio space into a gallery––each day creating a unique show lasting for one day only. Working with everyday objects, each installation was a reaction to the space itself, exploring the narratives between situation, space, and object.

Li was deemed most likely to significantly impact the contemporary art world by the judging panel, including collector Alex Sainsbury, Haunch of Venison curator Nina Miall, artist Gary Hume, art critic Louisa Buck, and GAM Director, Jeremy Smouha. She was recognized for her outstanding aesthetic ability and subtle yet assured work. Beating off fierce competition from fellow students at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Li receives £5,000 from GAM to help nurture her talent and develop her work in the early stages of her career.

In addition to awarding the Gilbert de Botton Art Prize, GAM are offering financial support to the College. They are also lending their support to Future Map 2010, the annual exhibition of emerging talent from the current graduating year at University of the Arts London.

Jonathan Colchester, Head of Private Clients (UK) at GAM, said, “We are very proud to award the 2010 GAM Gilbert de Botton Prize to Lulu Li. She was selected unanimously by our esteemed group of judges, together with significant input from Course Leaders, who carefully considered not only her MA piece, but the full body of work she has built up over the course of her MA year.”

The award has been created to honor GAM’s founder, the late Gilbert de Botton, a visionary financier and well-known patron and leading collector of modern and contemporary art. His legacy at GAM is an organisational culture that seeks to identify and nurture talent, whether that is in the world of asset management or in the arts.

September 2, 2010

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