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.


The Smart Museum of Art Wins 2019 Joyce Award

The Joyce Foundation has announced the 2019 winners of its Joyce Awards, which are granted to collaborations between artists of color and arts institutions based in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

The Smart Museum with artist Emmanuel Pratt, is one of the five winners of this year’s Joyce Awards. Pratt’s work is currently on exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art until December 30, 2018. (ArtNews)

3 NC State Education Faculty Projects Receive STEM Education Initiative Funding

Three NC State College of Education faculty members recently received research grants from the STEM Education Initiative, a North Carolina State University initiative aimed to enhance and support faculty members who teach and conduct research in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

This year, the STEM Education Initiative selected 13 projects to receive more than $100,000 in research funding to enhance the teaching and learning of STEM fields at the university.

One the projects is K.C. Busch’s “Learning STEM in Informal Contexts”. Assistant Professor K.C. Busch will use the STEM Education Initiative support to continue the development of Learning STEM in Informal Contexts; a course offered next semester to engage NC State students in the processes and practices of STEM learning that occurs outside of school. Several community partners for this project are: N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, N.C. Museum of Art, N.C. Museum of History, the Museum of Life & Science—Durham, the NCSU Libraries, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, the Citizen Science Association, and N.C. State Farmers Market. (NC State University)

UI students gain professional experience at Stanley Museum of Art

MA film student Dalina Perdomo-Álvarez reflects on her experience working as a gallery attendant and researcher at the Stanley Museum of Art and how this experience helped her to secure a positions a a curatorial assistant the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and as a distribution assistant at Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Stanley Museum of art draws in students from a variety of disciplines to work with the collection. “These are experiences you don’t get in a classroom,” says Joyce Tsai, clinical associate professor in the College of Education, a curator at the museum, and a past RAAMP Coffee Gathering Host. “We’re really at the leading edge of thinking very seriously about our role as an art museum within a research university. We want our students to be producers of research and producers of knowledge, and not just a one-way dissemination of it.”

“We’re teaching research skills and critical thinking skills,” Lauren Lessing, director of the Stanley Museum of Art, says. “We’re teaching students how to be part of a team and part of a professional workplace. We’re helping them make connections to the professional art world.” (Iowa Now)

Image: University of Iowa graduate and UI Stanley Museum of Art staff member Lindley Warren and UI MFA student Jacob Jones join Stanley Curator Joyce Tsai in showing Lena Stringari, deputy director and chief conservator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, around the museum’s Visual Classroom in the Iowa Memorial Union. UI students who work in the Stanley and with its curators have the opportunity to make valuable connections with the professional art world. Photo by Tim Schoon.

The Year in Museum Acquisitions

The Art Newspaper reviews ten of the most significant gifts and purchases of artwork that entered public collections in 2018, several of which are academic art museums. (The Art Newspaper)

Image: Angelika Kauffmann, Ulysses on the Island of Circe (1793). Courtesy of the Barrett Collection © Kevin Tedora

Museum Creates Program for Families Suffering from the Opioid Crisis

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH has created a program for those affected by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is ranked number three in the nation for drug overdoses.

Lynn Thomson, an assistant director of education and community engagement, explains that the program began with a simple question: What is Manchester dealing with now, and what does the community need?Collaborating with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, the Currier’s “Art of Hope” came to be. (Hyperallergic)

Image above: The Art of Hope program discussing Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Storm” (1759).

Major George Rickey Sculpture Installed at Penn State

The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has installed Breaking Column III, an work on loan from a private collection, in the museum’s plaza on the University Park campus.

“We are honored to present a major work by one of the most inventive and influential artists of the last century,” said Palmer Director Erin M. Coe, who led the effort to bring the sculpture to Penn State. “Breaking Column III combines the laws of physics and the aesthetics of abstraction resulting in a sculpture that is never static, but poised somewhere between motion and stillness.” (Art Daily)

ASU Art Museum Receives 2018 Art for Justice Fund Grant

Arizona State University Art Museum has announced that it has secured a $125,000 grant through the Art for Justice Fund. This grant will allow the museum to continue to fight for meaningful and lasting criminal justice reform by conducting research for an exhibition titled “Undoing Time: A Visual History of Incarceration” and related public programs by the museum’s director, Miki Garcia, and curators Heather Sealy Lineberry and Julio Cesar Morales. (ASU)

To read more about the Art for Justice Fund and the 2018 fall recipients: