University of North Carolina rejects plan for museum to house toppled Confederate statue

According to The Art Newspaper, “UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Governors rejected a proposal to build a $5.3m museum on campus that would house a bronze statue of a gun-wielding Confederate soldier. The statue, known as Silent Sam, was toppled by protesters in August and has yet to make its way back to the campus, due to safety concerns and community opposition.” The University’s trustees are now brainstorming alternative locations for this statue. (The Art Newspaper)


Church Leaders Sue Princeton Over ‘Stolen’ Manuscripts

The spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, sued Princeton University earlier this week, arguing that three Byzantine-era illuminated manuscripts within the collection were stolen during World War I from a monastery in Kormista, Greece by Bulgarian forces. Although the manuscripts have been in the collection since 1942 when they were gifted to Princeton by an alumnus and trustee, the Ecumenical Patriarch is demanding the return of the manuscripts.

The university said in a statement Friday that it had full confidence that the provenance research it has done establishes that the manuscripts were not looted.

“Based on the information available to us, we have found no basis to conclude that the manuscripts in our possession were looted during World War I or otherwise improperly removed from the possession of the patriarchate,” a university spokesman, Michael Hotchkiss, said in an email. (The New York Times)

Fordham University Gifted the MET’s Sistine Chapel Fresco Replica

In November 2018, Fordham University received a Sistine Chapel fresco replica from the MET. The replica is now installed in Fordham’s Duane Library’s Butler Commons at the university’s Rose Hill Campus.

Created in-house by the MET’s exhibition design department, the replica was showcased in the ‘Michelange­lo: Divine Draftsman and Designer’ exhibit which ran from November 13, 2017, to February 12, 2018.

According to the Bronx Times, “The acquisition of the piece began when Fr. Joseph McShane, Fordham University president, was touring the exhibit and he remarked, ‘What I wouldn’t do to get this to Fordham!'” (Bronx Times)

KSMoCA: A Kid-Curated Art Museum within a Northeast Portland Public School

Thanks to Metro’s Community Placemaking Grant program in northeast Portland, OR and a partnership with Portland State University faculty members Lisa Jarrett and Harrell Fletcher, the Martin Luther King Jr. School in northeast Portland has established a contemporary art museum within the public school.  As part of KSMoCA‘s programming, students work with renowned visiting artists and take on the role of docents during public exhibitions.

“We’re offering a different kind of exposure to arts and the art world for kids,” said Lisa Jarrett, PSU Professor and co-founder/co-director of the King School Museum of Contemporary Art. “They’re not just artists, but they’re learning to be people that run museums; learning to be publicists, copywriters, docents, curators, right? All these roles that children are usually not taught about in school.”

“I don’t know how many of our students would necessarily think to be a visual artist or graphic artist or an artist of any kind as a profession,” Coleman said. This experience opens a door for MLK Jr. School students, giving them newfound confidence and an opportunity to practice public speaking,  said Yolanda Coleman, former vice principal of MLK Jr. School. (Metro News)

December Coffee Gathering Recording and Resources

Image: ©MIT List Visual Arts Center

Is that a Picasso in Your Dorm Room? Recording

If RAAMP followers have any lingering questions regarding the student loan programs at MIT’s List Center for Visual Arts, Williams College of Art Museum, or the Rose Art Museum following December’s Coffee Gathering, please contact:

Ariana Webber, Registrar for Exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center;

Diane Hart, Senior Museum Registrar for Collections and Exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art;

Jessica Cloer, Associate Registrar at the Rose Art Museum;

Guide to Art Lending Programs for Students in Institutions of Higher Learning

Jessica Cloer’s 20176 Capstone Thesis from her graduate work at the Harvard University Extension School

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MIT List Visual Arts Center Student Lending Program Loan Agreement

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MIT List Visual Arts Center Student Loan Handout

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Williams College Museum of Art WALLS Art Loan Form

Yale Art Gallery appoints Liliana Milkova as Nolen Curator of Education & Academic Affairs

Yale Art Gallery has announced the appointment of Liliana Milkova as the Nolen Curator of Education and Academic Affairs. She will begin in January 2019.

“The Gallery’s educational mission is at the heart of what we do, and we strive to be a dynamic and generative leader within the college and university art museum community,” explains Stephanie Wiles, the Henry J. Heinz II Director. “I had the pleasure of working with Liliana for several years when I was the director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She is an impressive thinker and outstanding colleague who made the museum a central focus of learning and engagement at Oberlin over the past decade. Liliana is well suited to the Nolen Curator role given her demonstrated passion for campus and community outreach and her expertise with interdisciplinary collaborations. Yale University is a place where exciting intersections in research, scholarship, and discovery happen every day, and I am confident that Liliana will bring a new vitality to the museum by capitalizing on these opportunities in relation to the Gallery’s marvelous holdings and resources.”  (Art Daily)

The Smart Museum of Art Appoints Five New Curators

Five New Curators:

  • Wu Hung and Christine Mehring, who are current professors at the University of Chicago, have been named adjunct curators
  • Leslie Wilson has been named the first curatorial fellow for diversity in the arts
  • Laura Steward, who currently acts as the university’s curator of public art, will take on that title at the Smart
  • Issa Lampe, who currently serves as the director for the museum’s Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, has also been named the Smart’s deputy director for academic and curatorial affairs. (ArtNews)


NEH Funding Opportunities

NEH has updated the guidelines for their two grant programs: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections and Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. 

Both programs have a deadline of January 31, 2019.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Grants are available for both planning (up to $40,000) and implementation (up to $350,000)

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity. Institutions can accomplish this work most effectively through preventive conservation. Preventive conservation encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft, fire, floods, and other disasters.

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
**New this year** Awards for up to $10,000

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus.