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ARTnews in Brief: Vote Nevada Art, and More From July 12, 2019

Annie Morris.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Shelburne Museum Names Director of Advancement
The Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, has tapped Leslie Wright to be its director of advancement. Wright joins the museum from another Vermont institution, the Orton Family Foundation, a philanthropy focused on community development, where she was a senior associate.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vote for Nevada Museum of Art’s Fall Exhibition!

The Nevada Museum of Art in Reno has joined forces with four museums in Western states and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), for for a five-year collaboration called “Vote Nevada Art.” The campaign first manifests as a month-long voting process, beginning today, where the public can vote for which artworks will come to the Nevada Museum of Art for a year-long exhibit beginning in the fall. The three works with the most votes will be curated into the exhibition, titled “America’s Art, Nevada’s Choice: Community Selections from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.” Potential selected works include paintings by David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Severin Roesen, Angel Rodríguez-Díaz, Jacob Lawrence, George Inness, and Childe Hassam, made available by SAAM.

Shanna Merola Named Interim Artist-In-Residence at Cranbrook

Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has tapped Shanna Merola to be its interim artist-in-residence in its photography department. Merola, who shoots art photography as well photojournalism, has completed residencies and fellowships with such institutions as the MacDowell Colony, the Kala Institute of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Midwest Environmental Justice Network. She currently lives in Detroit, where she works as a legal worker for various grassroots organizations.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

LACMA Gala to Honor Betye Saar

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s annual Art+Film Gala is set to take place this November and will honor L.A.-based artist Betye Saar and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, and is co-chaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Saar is largely known for her pioneering work in assemblage, which are often poignant and incisive examinations of the gender, race, and spirituality, particularly as it relates to the African-American experience. She has had solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others, and she will have another solo outing this fall at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Art Bridges Foundation Names New CEO

The Art Bridges Foundation, an initiative founded by philanthropist and ARTnews “Top 200 Collector” Alice Walton that seeks to bring works of art out of storage and into the public eye in communities across the country, has named Paul R. Provost as its new CEO. Provost previously worked as a curator of paintings, drawings, and sculpture at the New-York Historical Society, and worked at Christie’s in New York for over 20 years, eventually serving as deputy chairman, a role he left in 2016.

Paddle 8 Hires Valentine Uhovski 

Paddle 8 has named Valentine Uhovski as its head of partnerships, marketing, and social media. He joins the online auction house following his time with Tumblr as head of fashion, culture, and events. With Paddle 8, Uhovski will be charged with expanding its program of collaborations and leading the partnerships already in place.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

North Carolina Museum of Art Beefs Up Staff

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has hired four new staff members and promoted one. Meghan Olis, who was most recently at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will now be the director of collections and exhibitions management. Rounding out the curatorial hires are Michele Frederick as associate curator of European art and Lyle Humphrey, who was promoted to associate curator of European art and collections history. Jerry Hwang joins the museum as chief operating officer, a role he had at the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. Also tapped is Joanne Zach as controller and senior director finance.

Hollis Taggart Makes Two New Appointments

The New York–based gallery Hollis Taggart has appointed Paul Efstathiou as director of contemporary art and Jillian Russo as director of exhibitions. Efstathiou previously worked as an independent curator and dealer. He will be responsible for bringing new artists into the enterprise’s program, producing exhibitions of contemporary work, and increasing Hollis Taggart’s fair presence. Russo, who most recently served as a curator at the Arts Students League of New York, will focus on developing exhibitions across the gallery’s roster and forging relationships with museums and other arts organizations.

NYFA Announces Recipients and Finalists of Artist Fellowship Program

The New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded a total of $661,000 to 98 artists throughout New York State as part of its NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program, which makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines over a three year cycle. This year’s fields include photography, choreography, music and sound, playwriting and screenwriting, and architecture, environmental structures, and design. Among the awardees for photography are Lucas Blalock, Nona Faustine, Erin O’Keefe, and Alex Yudzon. Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Melinda Ring are among the choreography fellows, and Vienna Carroll and Micah Frank were among those awarded fellowships in music and sound. The full list of winners are available on the NYFA website.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Condo Shanghai Announces Participants for Second Edition

The second edition of Condo Shanghai, to run from July 13 to August 30, will bring together 21 galleries and art spaces. The collaborative exhibition, which was first staged in London in 2016, will span seven venues in Shanghai, including A+ Contemporary, MAO SPACE, and Edouard Malingue Gallery. Among the enterprises participating this year are Foxy Production (of Los Angeles), Carlos/Ishikawa (London), Misako & Rosen (Tokyo), Commonwealth and Council (New York), and LABOR (Mexico City).

Smithsonian Receives $2 million grant for Exhibition Partnership

A $2 million grant from Art Bridges and the Terra Foundation for American Art will fund a five-year exhibition partnership between the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and five other American museums. The partner museums are the Boise Art Museum in Idaho; the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City; and the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington. The first set of exhibitions, going on view at the partner museums in September, will feature works from the Smithsonian’s collection. The second exhibition, which will open in 2021 and will be presented at all six venues, will bring together works from each participating institution. Elizabeth Glassman, president and CEO of the Terra Foundation, said in a statement, “Working together, these museums are creating thought-provoking exhibitions that will connect their diverse audiences with American art in dynamic new ways.”

Annie Morris Is Now Represented by Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor gallery, which has spaces in New York and London, now represents British multimedia artist Annie Morris. Morris is best known for her colorful stacked sculptures, though she also works in drawing, painting, and tapestry.  The New York space will host a solo exhibition of several stacked sculptures, newly created tapestries, and works on paper this September.

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