University of Texas at Dallas Receives Over 400 Swiss Artworks, and Colonial Williamsburg Acquires Revolutionary War Portrait

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has received a gift of over 400 works of Swiss art from Dallas collectors Nona and Richard Barrett. Having begun there collection in the 1990s, according to the press release, “the Barretts have become the most knowledgeable American collectors of Swiss art of the past two generations.” The Barrett Collection will be housed in a new Barrett Museum to be built on campus. “We have benefited so much from our city of Dallas and are glad to have an opportunity to give something back. Our wish is for our collection to remain intact and have a permanent, public home in our own city as well as in Texas,” said Richard Barrett. (Hyperallergic)

Judith and Stephen Shank Endow Curatorial Position at Ringling Museum

Florida State University’s John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota has received a gift from Judith and Stephen Shank to endow a performance-art curatorial position that will now be named the Currie-Kohlmann Curator of Performance, in reference to the performance program’s co-founders, Dwight Currie and Michael Kohlmann.

The Ringling’s director, Stephen High said, “With the restoration and re-opening of the theater in 2006, we renewed and re-energized our commitment to a program of innovative and ground-breaking performance. Steve and Judy’s visionary gift will ensure that the Ringling remains a world-class center for performance programming in perpetuity.” (ARTnews)

CAA Conversations Podcast: Bringing Access to Design Practice: Teaching Inclusion in the 21st Century

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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Elizabeth Guffey, Matt Ferranto, and Rebecca Mushtare discuss “Bringing Access to Design Practice: Teaching Inclusion in the 21st Century.”

Elizabeth Guffey is Professor of Art & Design History, State University of New York at Purchase.

Matt Ferranto is Associate Professor of Design, Westchester Community College.

Rebecca Mushtare is Associate Professor of Graphic Design, State University of New York at Oswego.

Review of “The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.” at John Jay College

The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.” features a diverse range of artists addressing depictions of sexual violence in the history of art, and the psychological implications for the women involved. The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery is the primary fine art gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. (The New York Times)

The Met’s Luke Syson to head Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Luke Syson, chairman of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2012, has been appointed director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge beginning early next year. Syson’s main tasks will include leading and fundraising for the Fitzwilliam’s Museum Masterplan, a major capital development project to improve facilities over the next 15 years. The ambitious scheme will include more galleries and a dedicated temporary exhibition space. (The Art Newspaper)

Garage Museum Partners with Rutgers University to Digitize Russian Art Archive

In 2012, Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art began building an archive on the history of Russian contemporary art, which currently holds the world’s largest collection of materials on Soviet and Russian art of the postwar era. The museum is now working with the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Jersey to digitize the Moscow Archive of New Art (MANI), a collection of  “poetry, theory, and artworks produced in the Soviet Union between 1980 and 1982.”

Garage’s decision to digitize the collection is part of its larger Russian Art Archive Network (RAAN) project, an online catalogue of documents on the history of Russian contemporary art from the collections of Garage and partner institutions. (ARTnews)


Six Artists Working as Teachers Share the Lessons They’ve Learned

The exact number of visual artists who teach at colleges and universities at any one time is hard to pin down, but according to a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts study, of the 271,000 workers who reported holding secondary jobs as artists, almost 21 percent, or nearly 57,000 workers, identified as teachers in their primary jobs. For some, teaching may be a temporary solution; for others, it becomes a career-long calling that presents its own distinct set of challenges, from navigating institutional bureaucracy and campus politics to supporting students, all the while continuing to develop their own practices. It represents an enormous commitment of time and energy that can be nurturing for some and stultifying for others. (Artsy)