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    University of Chicago Graduate Students Begin Unionization Drive

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS–In the Chicago Maroon, the University of Chicago’s student newspaper, Garrett Williams reports on efforts undertaken by Graduate Students United, an organization of University of Chicago graduate students, to implement a union on campus. This latest drive to form a union of graduate student employees comes on the heels of unionization votes at Harvard, [...] Read more

    Leigh Markopoulos (1968–2017)

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA–San Francisco art critic, curator, and teacher Leigh Markopoulos has died, reports the San Francisco Chronicle’s Charles Desmarais. An automobile accident in Los Angeles was the cause of her death. Markopoulos contributed to the journal Art Practical, and served as chair of the graduate program in curatorial practice at California College of the Arts. She [...] Read more
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    Six Yale Graduate Departments, Including Art History, Vote to Unionize

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT–Following months of organizing, six graduate departments at Yale University have voted to join the Local 33, a union of graduate student employees reports Adam Harris of The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the fall, graduate students at Harvard narrowly voted against joining a union, while students at Columbia University voted in favor [...] Read more

    Congressman Sues Architect of the Capitol over Removal of Student Artwork

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congressman William Lacy Clay of Missouri has filed a federal lawsuit against Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers for removing a student painting from a Capitol Hill exhibition claiming that he violated the artist’s right to free speech, Spencer S. Hsu of the Washington Post reports. The lawsuit is the latest development in an [...] Read more
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    US Senators Call for Continued Support of NEA and NEH in Letter to Trump

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Twenty-four bipartisan United States Senators have banded together to write a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to keep funding the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the letter states: “These federal agencies provide vital support and resources to endeavors in [...] Read more
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    Toronto’s OCAD University Announces Expansion Plans

    TORONTO, CANADA–OCAD University, formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design, announced plans this week to revitalize and expand its Toronto campus tied to more diverse learning opportunities for students called “Creative City Campus,” reports Jaclyn Tersigni of the Toronto Star. Enrollments at OCAD have increased 30 percent since the school’s last expansion in 2004. [...] Read more

    Protesters Urge New York’s MoMA to Remove Trump Advisor from Its Board

    NEW YORK–Last week dozens of protesters marched to New York’s MoMA demanding that the museum remove CEO of Blackrock and Trump advisor Larry Fink from it board, Hrag Vartanian of Hyperallergic reports. As head of Blackrock, an American global investment management corporation, Fink manages over $5.1 trillion in assets. Artist Coco Fusco called for people [...] Read more
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    Decline in Monographs by University Presses Reflects Changing Publishing Landscape

    NEW YORK–A study commissioned by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has found that monograph publications in the humanities produced by university presses have declined steadily for the last three years, reports Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed. Joseph Esposito and Karen Barch, two publishing consultants who organized the study, determined that university presses published an [...] Read more

    Sarah Forrest Wins 2017 Margaret Tait Award

    GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM–Glasgow-based artist Sarah Forrest was selected as the winner of the 2017 Margaret Tait Award. She will receive a $12,000 commission to create a new piece of work, and the opportunity to present this work at Glasgow Film Festival in 2018. “I’m delighted to receive the Margaret Tait Award,” Forrest said. “Her work [...] Read more
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    High Museum Awards Naima J. Keith the David C. Driskell Prize for African American Art History

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA–The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has awarded Naima J. Keith, deputy director of the California African American Museum, its annual David C. Driskell Prize for African American Art History, reports Artnews’ Alex Greenberger. The prize was established in 2005 to recognize an emerging artist or scholar who has made significant contributions to [...] Read more

    Bath Faces 100 Percent Cuts in Arts Funding

    BATH, UNITED KINGDOM–Matthew Hemley of The Stage reports that Bath and the North East Somerset Council has approved a 100 percent cut to all arts funding within their budget. Equity, the UK trade union for actors and other creative professionals, has asked the Conservative Party’s Karen Bradley, the UK’s minister of culture, to intervene on the decision. [...] Read more
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    Study Finds Pronounced Gender Segregation in Doctoral Programs in the US

    NEW YORK–Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Colleen Flaherty takes a closer look at a study conducted by the National Science Foundation using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System which found that while women earn 60 percent of bachelor degrees, they comprise only 46 percent of graduates from doctoral programs. The studies points to [...] Read more

    Details Announced for Ancient Artifacts Loaned to Iraqi Pavilion at 2017 Venice Biennale

    VENICE, ITALY–After previously announcing the artists who will exhibit in Iraq’s pavilion at the upcoming Venice Biennale, details regarding the ancient Iraqi artifacts that will be displayed alongside the contemporary works have been released by the Ruya Foundation, whose chair and cofounder Tamara Chalabi is curating the exhibition with Paolo Colombo. Titled “Archaic,” the exhibition will feature [...] Read more
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    New York University Offers Early Graduation to Address Affordability

    NEW YORK–In order to tackle its affordability problem, New York University has implemented a program encouraging undergraduate students to matriculate sooner than after four years of study, reports Elizabeth A. Harris of the New York Times. Without assistance or scholarship, annual tuition at NYU approaches $66,000 including room, board and fees. Approximately 20 percent of [...] Read more

    Boston Cultural Council Awards More Than $450,000 to Arts Organizations

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS–Boston Mayor Marin Walsh has announced that the Boston Cultural Council will award $464,750 to 173 local arts organizations and cultural projects this year. “These grants allow for a diverse group of organizations and projects to pursue their creative ideas,” Walsh said. “Any time we are able to support hardworking local artists and innovative [...] Read more
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    NYU Institute of Fine Arts Establishes Time-Based Media Conservation Program

    NEW YORK–The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University is preparing a four-year graduate conservation program for time-based media, reports The Art Newspaper’s Emily Sharpe. NYU IFA is one of four institutions in the United States that offers graduate-level conservation courses and the first to establish a time-based media conservation program. The Institute of [...] Read more

    Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Rightwing Populism

    NEW YORK–More than 200 artists, musicians, writers, and arts professionals from forty countries have pledged to take part in Hands Off Our Revolution, a global art project that will organize a series of exhibitions and other programming that will confront the rise of rightwing populism around the world. According to the project’s mission statement, Hands [...] Read more
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    Yale University Art Gallery Grows Collection of Works by African-American Artists

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT–The Yale University Art Gallery has significantly expanded its collection of works by African-American artists to nearly 400 pieces in all media, reports Amy Cheng of the Yale Daily News. The majority of acquisitions occurred in the last fifteen years following an initiative by outgoing director and professor Jock Reynolds to include more [...] Read more

    Davis Museum at Wellesley College Protests Trump’s Travel Ban

    WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS–As a gesture of protest against President Trump’s travel ban, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College will either shroud or deinstall all works made or given by United States immigrants in its permanent collection galleries. The museum is referring to the initiative as Art-Less. Lisa Fischman, the Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 director of the [...] Read more
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    Harvard Art Museums Receive Mellon Grant and Donation

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS–The Harvard Art Museums have been awarded a $506,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which will be used to establish a new Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art, according to an announcement in the College Art Association’s Member Bulletin. The institute is expected to open June 2017 and will support research [...] Read more

    Boston University Students Halt Art Theft

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS–Mackenzie Thompson, Chris Savino, and Jesse Doe, students at Boston University, stopped a man trying to steal five artworks from Boston’s Galerie D’Orsay last weekend, reports Rich Barlow of BU Today. According to Thompson, the trio saw a man walking out of the gallery. “I thought to myself, oh, he might be an employee just [...] Read more
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    State of California Considers Implementing Debt-Free Tuition Assistance Programs

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA–Following the city of San Francisco’s decision to provide free community college to city residents, the state of California is now considering an overhaul of its tuition-assistance programs for higher education, reports Revati Thatte, of the University of California, Berkeley’s student newspaper the Daily Californian. According to a study conducted by the state’s Legislative [...] Read more

    Tzvetan Todorov (1939–2017)

    PARIS, FRANCE–Tzvetan Todorov, a Bulgarian-French historian, theorist, and structuralist literary critic who studied human behavior during the Holocaust in World War II, died in Paris at the age of seventy-seven, Sewell Chan of the New York Times reports. Born in Bulgaria in 1939, Todorov earned his master’s in philology from the University of Sofia in [...] Read more
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    Blanton Museum of Art at University of Texas at Austin Reopens After Five-Year Renovation

    AUSTIN, TEXAS–The Blanton Musuem of Art at the University of Texas at Austin reopened to the public Sunday, February 12 following a five-year renovation, reports Kayla Meyertons of The Daily Texan. Galleries housing the Blanton’s permanent collection have been completely refigured so the Blanton can exhibit twice the amount of works than was previously possible; [...] Read more

    University of Houston Launches Fellowship Program to Better Integrate Arts into Communities

    HOUSTON, TEXAS–The University of Houston’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts has partnered with community-based nonprofit Project Row Houses to establish a fellowship program that aims to build upon the impact socially-engaged art projects have in transforming communities. The program invites artists to Houston’s Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators, and policy [...] Read more
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    MoMA Hosts 4th Annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

    NEW YORK–New York’s MoMA has announced that it is inviting people to join them for its 2017 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 11 for a communal day of updating Wikipedia entries related to the subjects of art and feminism. The museum will host tutorials for those unfamiliar with the site and will provide reference materials, childcare, [...] Read more
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    Betsy DeVos Named United States Secretary of Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Following the February 7 confirmation by the United States Senate of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Kelly Field considers what comes next. DeVos, a billionaire with a long history of funding conservative causes, was mostly silent on issues related to higher education during Senate hearing, but her confirmation [...] Read more

    South Korea Charges Former Culture Minister with Abuse of Power

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA–Former South Korean culture minister Cho Yoon-sun was formally charged with abuse of power and coercion on Tuesday for creating a blacklist of nearly 10,000 artists who were not granted government support due to their political beliefs and criticisms of now-impeached President Park Geun-hye, AFP reports. Filmmakers, authors, and painters are among the cultural [...] Read more
  • 09

    David Levi Strauss Remembers Dore Ashton

    NEW YORK–For Artnews, David Levi Strauss, chair of the MFA Art Writing program at the School of Visual Arts, has published a remembrance of Dore Ashton, a pioneering art critic and educator who passed away on January 30. Levi Strauss delivered the speech in December 2015 as a part of “Homage to Dore Ashton,” an [...] Read more

    Dore Ashton (1928–2017)

    NEW YORK–Dore Ashton, a celebrated art historian, critic, champion of the New York School, and author of books on Abstract Expressionists, many of whom she knew personally, died on January 30 at the age of eighty-nine, El Pais reports. Commenting on the role of the critic, Ashton said, “The mission of the contemporary critic is [...] Read more
  • 08

    Sydney College of Arts Move Delayed Two Years

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–Following student protests in September and October and negotiations over the past year about Sydney University’s plan to close the Sydney College of the Arts Callan Park campus, the university has chosen to delay any relocation until 2018, reports Andrew Taylor of the Sydney Morning Herald. The school will relocate from Callan Park in [...] Read more

    Karin Hindsbo Appointed Director of National Museum in Norway

    OSLO, NORWAY–Norway’s National Museum has appointed Karen Hindsbo as its new director, reports ArtDaily. Prior to her new position, Hindsbo has directed Bergen’s KODE, the Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand, and Copenhagen’s Den Frie Udstilling. She was also the artistic director for Kunsthal Aarhus. Hindsbo is also a prolific writer, and has contributed essays to a number [...] Read more
  • 07

    Tracey Emin to Fund Syrian Refugee Student

    BERLIN, GERMANY–Artist Tracey Emin has provided more than $85,000 to fund a Syrian student studying at Bard College Berlin, writes Anny Shaw of the Art Newspaper. Emin, along with three other anonymous benefactors and Nina Baroness von Maltzahn, founder and president of the Sapling Foundation—a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk children in Uruguay—are providing similar amounts [...] Read more

    Yale Art Gallery Director to Step Down

    NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT–Jock Reynolds, the director of the Yale Art Gallery at Yale University, will step down next year when his current term ends on June 30, 2018. Yale’s president Peter Salovey said, “The two decades of Jock’s tenure in the directorship have been a remarkable period of flourishing, growth, and transformation for the gallery. We are [...] Read more
  • 06

    Auction of Ash-Inspired Artworks Raises Funds for Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Restoration

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND–To fund the restoration of its historic Mackintosh building, destroyed in a May 2014 fire, the Glasgow School of Art has invited some the United Kingdom’s most prominent artists to participate in its “Ashes to Art” project, reports Hannah Ellis-Petersen of The Guardian. Participating artists will make works from Mackintosh building debris that will [...] Read more

    Colby College Museum of Art Receives $100 Million Gift from Peter and Paula Lunder

    WATERVILLE, MAINE–Colby College in Waterville, Maine, announced Friday that it has received a major $100 million gift from arts patrons Peter and Paula Lunder in support of its art museum. The donation adds more than 1,100 artworks to the museum’s collection and will establish the Lunder Institute for American Art. “The Lunders’ generosity has transformed Colby [...] Read more
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    In Interview, CAA Executive Director Charts a Course for Supporting Art and Education

    NEW YORK–In a wide-ranging interview with the Huffington Post, College Art Association executive director Hunter O’Hanian speaks with Chika Okeke- Agulu, professor of African and African Diaspora Art at Princeton Univeristy, about CAA’s role as an advocate for art and scholarship at a time when both are under threat in a way unseen in the [...] Read more

    Collector Eli Broad Urges US Senate to Block Trump’s Nomination for Education Secretary

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–Emma Brown reports in the Washington Post that the art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad—whose name appears on such museums as his private collection institution The Broad, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University—has spoken out in opposition to the nomination of Betsy DeVos for [...] Read more
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    Art School Deans Respond to Trump Administration Ban on Travel and Immigration

    NEW YORK– Artnet has compiled statements from the leaders of several art schools across the United States responding to the Trump administration’s January executive order banning travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations. On January 30, the Association of American Univeristies, which represents sixty-two public and private institutions nationwide, issued a statement condemning the ban [...] Read more

    German Cultural Council Blasts Trump’s Travel Ban

    BERLIN, GERMANY–On Monday the Deutsche Kulturrat (German Cultural Council) sharply criticized US president Donald Trump for the travel restrictions placed on citizens from seven Muslim countries, reports Monopol. The council’s managing director Olaf Zimmermann stated in Berlin, “This decree disrespects our communal values . . . . International cultural exchange is severely hampered by this measure.” [...] Read more
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    NEA, NEH, and CPB Cuts Would Burden Smaller Institutions

    NEW YORK–In an article for the New York Times, Graham Bowley examines the effect the Trump administration’s plans to revoke funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would have on art, education, and media across the country. On January 19, the administration [...] Read more

    Republican Legislators Move to Dismantle Mississippi’s Arts Commission

    JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI–In 2018, the Mississippi Arts Commission will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary; however, a pair of bills introduced last week by Republican legislators—House Bill 1325 and Senate Bill 2611—could dismantle the grant-giving and service commission, the duties of which will be picked up by the Mississippi Development Authority, an organization that focuses on community [...] Read more