Over the past few months there have been an alarming number of colleges and universities throughout the nation—from University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point to University of Texas at Austin—taking actions we perceive as detrimental to the education of future generations in the arts and humanities, particularly in the fields of art history, studio art, and design.
Yucef Merhi has been appointed the inaugural curator of digital collections at the Wolfsonian, Florida International University. The newly created role is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The foundation is also supporting the Wolfsonian’s efforts to digitize its collection. (Artforum)
The Studio Museum in Harlem has launched a new initiative titled “Find Art Here,” which will see reproductions of works from its collection go on display at public schools, libraries, and service centers across Harlem. The museum began installing these reproductions at the end of September at the initiative’s participating organizations, who collaborated with the museum to choose the works. They will host work by artists that the museum has supported throughout its history, including Derrick Adams, Benny Andrews, Jordan Casteel, Elizabeth Catlett, LeRoy Clarke, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, and Stephanie Weaver. (ARTnews)
The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art and the School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University recently received an estate gift, with an estimated value of close to $4 million, from painter, collector and IU Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts William “Bill” Itter.
Itter’s unique gift to the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art includes an exceptional collection of more than 500 ethnographic objects composed primarily of African ceramics, textiles and baskets. (Press release)
Joseph Antenucci Becherer, the founding director and curator of the sculpture program at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan,has been named director of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.
At Notre Dame, Becherer will lead a staff of 16 responsible for exhibition development and educational programs that serve Notre Dame’s students and faculty, as well as primary and secondary school students who visit the museum. He also will play a major role in helping design the University’s new Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame, scheduled to open in 2021. (Press release)
The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida (stewarded by Florida State University) has received a gift of an undisclosed amount from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation in support of its work on Asian art.
Steven High, the executive director of the Ringling, said in a release, “Through this extraordinary gift and previous critical support of the Ringling’s Asian art initiatives, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation elevates our ability to make an even greater impact and foster cultural connections with visitors and scholars in Florida and around the world.” (ARTnews)
The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University is now accepting applications for the 2019 executive education programs for museum leaders. Please see the following information about programs that will be offered in 2019.
NextGen 2019 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level managers with three to five years in a new position. The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Modules explore individual leadership styles; team dynamics; diversity and inclusion; audience development; and the future of the museum field.
Residency in Claremont, California: June 7-22, 2019
APPLY BY MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019
The renowned Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders is entering its 40th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field. This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership development, strategy, organizational culture, diversity and inclusion, and change management.
UMAC celebrates the dedication, the creativity, the transferability and, more importantly, the impact of university museums and collections on their host universities, their communities and contemporary society through the UMAC AWARD.
The UMAC AWARD was created in 2016. It honours excellence and innovation in university museums and collections worldwide. It seeks to distinguish recent outstanding contributions to all areas of museum and collections theory and practice, particularly those with interdisciplinary approaches and potential wide application.
Projects and initiatives eligible to the UMAC AWARD must be less than 3 years old at the time of the nomination. They may cover all areas of museums and collections theory and practice, including exhibition, education, conservation, teaching, research, management and business models, design and architecture, ethics, service to the university and the public, strategic planning, and advances in museology.
All university museums and collections are eligible regardless of their location, type or size. They do not have to be UMAC members.
Projects or initiatives nominated must demonstrate: i) innovation/creativity; ii) excellence; iii) transferability of ideas that can be adopted by other university museums and collections regardless of geography, size or location; and iv) impact on the host university, the community or society at large.
Evaluation is made by an external panel proposed by the UMAC Award Committee.