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    High Museum of Art Acquires Fifty-Four Artworks from Souls Grown Deep Foundation

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA–Atlanta’s High Museum of Art has acquired fifty-four artworks from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, a nonprofit organization also based in Atlanta and dedicated to the preservation and distribution of artworks made by African Americans in the American South. This combined gift and purchase—made up of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper—is a major [...] Read more
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    Student Artwork Calls Attention to University of North Carolina’s White Supremacist Past

    CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA–A student artwork at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has drawn increased attention to the school’s white supremacist past, reports Alex Arriaga of the Chronicle of Higher Education. In March, the university’s geography facilities were adorned with a plaque renaming the building after Zora Neale Hurston, the African American [...] Read more

    French Presidential Candidates Reveal Proposals for Art and Culture

    PARIS, FRANCE–The cultural budget for France under its current president, François Hollande, shrank by about $468 million during his time in office, despite promises of maintaining funding for the arts throughout his campaign. The current candidates for the French presidency—centrist Emmanuel Macron and right-winger Marine Le Pen—have also made mention of policies for French arts [...] Read more
  • 26

    International Enrollments at German Universities on a Steady Rise

    LONDON, ENGLAND–Writing for Times Higher Education, David Matthews examines why Germany educates students for free, a policy that could position the nation as an alternative for students seeking advanced degrees while avoiding the fees required by British and American universities. In the last four years, UK universities increased tuition fees and left students uncertain of [...] Read more

    NEA Report Reveals Economic Impact of the Arts Per State

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–The National Endowment of the Arts and the Bureau of Economic Analysis have released a report that provides state leaders with data on the impact of the arts and culture on the economy and the job market. Based on data from 2014, its research shows that cultural industries in the US have contributed $729.6 [...] Read more
  • 25

    City Will Pay Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Debt

    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO–The city of Santa Fe has allocated $1.2 million of its $399 million operating budget to pay off debt associated with the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, reports Daniel J. Chacón of the Santa Fe New Mexican. The spending plan was proposed by City Manager Brian Snyder and approved with [...] Read more

    Man Defaces Painting at Metropolitan Museum

    NEW YORK–Just after 5 PM on Thursday, April 20, a man vandalized a student’s painting on view in the education center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Daily News reports. Thirty-three-year-old Ryan Watson used a blue marker to write “Nazi art” on a work on display and then yelled, “go back to [...] Read more
  • 24

    NLRB Investigation Could Result in New Harvard Graduate Student Union Vote

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS–With results from Harvard University’s graduate student unionization vote in November 2016 still too close to call, the National Labor Relations Board has determined the university did not permit all eligible students to vote, reports Caroline S. Engelmeyer of the Harvard Crimson. The initial vote tally found a slim majority of graduate students voting [...] Read more

    Andy Warhol Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to Harn Museum of Art

    GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA–The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded $100,000 to the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in support of an exhibition that will address human impact on the environment. Opening on September 18, 2018, “The World to Come” will feature works by more than fifty contemporary artists [...] Read more
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    Musée d’Orsay Accused of Discriminating Against Students from Low-Income Areas

    PARIS, FRANCE–A little more than a year after a teacher accused the Musée d’Orsay of discriminating against a group of students he brought to visit the museum, the Paris institution again faces similar allegations. After a link to a page on the museum’s website describing different rules for school groups from different socio-economic areas was [...] Read more
  • 20

    San Diego Mayor Reveals Plan to Slash Arts Funding by Nearly $5 Million

    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA–Following President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities from the 2018 federal budget, arts advocates in various cities across the United States have been protesting and calling for local lawmakers to increase state funding for culture. Yet San Diego plans to cut their city’s arts funding [...] Read more

    Pedro Lasch to Join Usdan Summer Camp as First-Ever Artist in Residence

    WHEATLEY HEIGHTS, NEW YORK–Usdan Summer Camp for the arts—an arts education initiative founded in 1968 that today serves more than 1,500 students each year—has announced that artist Pedro Lasch has been chosen as its inaugural artist in residence. Located in Wheatley Heights on Long Island, New York, the nonprofit program welcomes students from ages four [...] Read more
  • 19

    San Francisco and New York State Tuition Programs Draw Criticism Over Eligibility Requirements

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA–The city of San Francisco is making final arrangements to provide free tuition to all city residents at San Francisco’s City College, but a disagreement between Mayor Ed Lee and City College Interim Chancellor Susan Lamb over academic requirements for prospective students could delay expected Fall 2017 rollout, reports Michael Barba of the [...] Read more

    Rochester Art Center Faces Uncertain Future

    ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA–Matt McKinney reports in the Minnesota StarTribune that the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Minnesota, is facing financial turmoil and high employee turnover. Thirteen years ago, the center relocated to a new $8 million building overlooking the South Fork Zumbro River, though recent documents reveal that the institution’s once bright future is in question. [...] Read more
  • 18

    Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Adds 6,500 Female Artists to Online Encyclopedia

    NEW YORK–The fourth annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon added or improved over 6,500 entries about female artists in the online encyclopedia, reports Artnet’s Sarah Cascone. More than 175 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon events were held around the world over the course of March 2017 drawing 2,500 participants in total. Art+Feminism, which organized the event and other initiatives to [...] Read more

    William Kentridge Establishes Johannesburg Art Center

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA–After the closure of South Africa’s Johannesburg Art Gallery sparked concerns over dwindling funds for public art institutions, South African artist William Kentridge decided to open an independent art center, Cristina Ruiz of the Art Newspaper reports. Located in the Arts on Main complex in Central Johannesburg, which also houses Kentridge’s studio and [...] Read more
  • 17

    NEA and NEH Cuts Would Have Profound Impact Universities Nationwide

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA–For the Daily Pennsylvanian, the University of Pennsylvania’s student newspaper, Olivia Sylvester reports on the programs and initiatives at the university that would be threatened by the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. The use of NEH and NEA funding to support higher education initiatives [...] Read more

    Knight Foundation Awards $250,000 to New Museum’s NEW INC

    NEW YORK–The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced that it will be investing $250,000 into the New Museum’s experimental initiative NEW INC. Now in its third year, the shared workspace and professional development program is expanding its scope and will investigate the impact technology has on the future of art museums. “Museum [...] Read more
  • 14

    U.S. Department of Education Withdraws Guidelines for Student Loan Servicers

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–On Tuesday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos eliminated guidelines for federal student loan servicers intended to protect student borrowers established during the Obama administration, Adam Harris of The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The Obama era regulations were intended to provide greater transparency in the lending process and improve communication between the companies that [...] Read more

    Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Awards 2017 Grants and Residencies

    NEW YORK–Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has announced that it will award more than $650,000 to the recipients of its Creative Engagement and Creative Learning Manhattan Arts Grants this year. It will also place one hundred artists in residency programs and organize more than 140 days of free cultural events throughout the city. Among the residencies [...] Read more
  • 13

    Survey Finds Faculty Salaries Mostly Flat, With Female Professors Earning Less

    NEW YORK–A survey conducted by the American Association of University Professors has found that despite salary increases across the field for full-time professors, faculty salaries have only marginally outpaced inflation. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Peter Schmidt reports that, from 2016 to 2017, full-time college professors’ salaries increased an average of 2.6 percent over 2015–16 [...] Read more

    French Artists Rally Against the Alt-Right

    PARIS, FRANCE–With less than two weeks to go before the first round of the French presidential elections, a group of artists has banded together to express concerns about the cultural program of the far-right political party, the National Front. Calling out National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, a petition signed by actors Jeanne Moreau and [...] Read more
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    USC School of Architecture Appoints Milton Curry as Dean

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–Milton Curry has been appointed dean of USC’s School of Architecture, according to Jessica Gelt of the LA Times. Curry starts his new position on July 1. He succeeds Qingyun Ma, who has been the school’s dean for the past decade. Curry is coming to USC from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban [...] Read more

    Annenberg Fellowship Recipients Announced for 2017, Its Final Year

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA–The eight recipients of the Annenberg Fellowship, established by former US Chief of Protocol and philanthropist Leonore Annenberg, have been announced for 2017, Sopan Deb of the New York Times reports—the fellowship’s tenth and final year. Based at the University of Pennsylvania, the fellowship was established for a ten-year run to support emerging artists in a [...] Read more
  • 11

    Private Philanthropy Could Replace NEA Grants, As Some Republican Representatives Support a Budget Increase

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS–Eileen Kinsella reports for Artnet News on VIA Art Fund, a private, nonprofit philanthropic organization founded by art collector Bridgitt Evans that could provide essential support for artists, curators, and academics if the Trump administration follows through on its planned elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the [...] Read more

    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Announces 2017 Fellows

    NEW YORK–The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded fellowships to a group of 173 scholars, artists, and scientists on Thursday, April 6. Selected for their prior achievements and potential to contribute to their fields, the fellows were chosen from a pool of 3,000 applicants in the foundation’s ninety-third competition. Harry Dodge, Byron Kim, Mike Kuchar, [...] Read more
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    New York State Approves Tuition-Free Higher Education Program

    ALBANY, NEW YORK–Following the approval of the state budget late Friday night, New York State legislators officially endorsed a plan by Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide tuition-free public higher education for students from families earning less than $125,000 annually, reports Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post and Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Education. The program [...] Read more

    More Than One Hundred Congress Members Urge Trump to Increase NEA Budget

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–One hundred and fifty Congress members, including eleven Republicans, have signed a letter asking for the Trump administration to increase the funding of the National Endowment of the Arts, Sopan Deb of the New York Times reports. The President proposed eliminating the NEA and NEH along with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Library [...] Read more
  • 07

    Documenta 14 Opens in Athens

    ATHENS, GREECE–After five years, Documenta returns with its fourteenth edition—the first to be hosted by two cities, Athens and Kassel. Opening in the Greek capital on Saturday, April 8, and featuring 160 artists, “Learning from Athens,” will be staged at forty public venues, including the Athens Conservatorie, the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), the [...] Read more
  • 06

    “Inside Higher Education” Editorial Defends the Merits of Art History Degrees

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–For Inside Higher Education, University of Florida visiting assistant professor of modern and contemporary Nika Elder writes about the broad assumption of art history as a useless degree, citing comments by representatives of the Trump administration and President Barack Obama that have furthered art history’s reputation as a bastion of elitism with few career [...] Read more

    Arts Advocates Across the US Mobilize Against Cuts to Cultural Funding

    NEW YORK–Arts institutions, cultural leaders, artists, educators, and Americans who enjoy the arts have been up in arms ever since initial reports of the Trump administration’s plan to eliminate the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities began to surface in January. After the President turned their fears into a reality in March, when he [...] Read more
  • 05

    U.S. Department of Education May Scale Back Student Loan Forgiveness Program

    WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Department of Education may cancel a program that forgives certain kinds of federal student loans if the borrower works ten years in non-profit or public service position, reports Stacy Cowley of the New York Times. The loan forgiveness program was approved by the federal government in 2007 with wide support from Republicans and [...] Read more

    NEH Awards $173,833 Grant to Virginia Museum to Digitize Louis Draper Archive

    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA–The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts a $173,833 grant to digitize its photographs, negatives, and other materials from photographer Louis Draper’s archive. In the 1960s and 1970s, Draper captured the vantage point of African Americans during the civil rights era, and in 1963, he was a [...] Read more
  • 04

    Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building Threatened by Neighboring Development

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND–Forty-eight cultural organizations will protest a Glasgow City Council meeting Tuesday to protest a proposed development on a site neighboring the Glasgow School of Art’s historic Mackintosh Building, reports the Glasgow Evening Times. Real estate developer Urban Pulse has planned an eight-story structure housing 180 student apartments that objectors say will degrade the building’s [...] Read more

    Website Protests Defunding of NEA by Faxing Artworks to Congress

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–Los Angeles–based design firm Use All Five is employing fax machines to save the National Endowment of the Arts. Cofounders Levi Brooks and Jason Farrell recently created a new service that helps Americans fight for federal funding for culture by faxing their representatives artworks. After Artifax went live on Wednesday, March 29, more [...] Read more
  • 03

    Santa Fe University of Art and Design Will No Longer Accept New Students

    SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO–The Associated Press and the Santa Fe New Mexican report that the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, a four-year for-profit university, will no longer accept new students following a breakdown in negotiations to sell the school to Singapore-based Raffles Education Corporation. The school is owned by Laureate International Universities, of [...] Read more

    Spain’s Renzo Piano–Designed Centro Botín to Open in June

    SANTANDER, SPAIN–The Centro Botín, the new home for the arts and educational programming of Spain’s Fundación Botín—a private cultural foundation that supports social development in the region of Cantabria—announced that it will open its doors on June 23. The building is Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano’s first completed project in Spain. Directed by Fátima Sánchez, [...] Read more