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DENVER ART MUSEUM HIRES NEW-MEDIA AND PHOTO CURATOR: After a year-long search, John Pultz has been named a consulting curator of photography and new media for the Denver Art Museum's modern and contemporary art department (www.denverartmuseum.org). In addition to planning the display of the museum's collection of photography in its new contemporary art wing, which will open in 2005, Pultz will organize photography, video, and digital-art exhibitions, and intends to continue his current duties as associate professor of art history and curator of photography at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Pultz is a former curatorial fellow in the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has curated many exhibitions, among them “Cindy Sherman: Selections from the Eli Broad Family Foundation Collection.”

SEATTLE COLLECTORS RECOGNIZED BY PHILLIPS COLLECTION: The Phillips Collection (www.phillipscollection.org) in Washington, DC, has recently announced that the third annual Duncan Phillips Award on November 1 will honor Bagley and Virginia Wright, collectors based in the Seattle, WA, area. The Wrights, who made their fortune from Mr. Wright's real-estate development company, which built, among other structures, Seattle's Space Needle, have amassed holdings of modern and contemporary art by major artists of the twentieth century. The Wrights are major patrons of the Seattle Art Museum, to which they have promised gifts from their collection, including the paintings Manuscript, 1963, by Robert Rauschenberg and No. 10, 1952, by Mark Rothko. Each year, the award is given to a notable collector who reflects “the notion that current art doesn't break from the past, but instead continues on an art historical path,” said Lynn Rossotti, a spokeswoman for the Phillips Collection. Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of museum curators and collectors not affiliated with the collection. This year's panel included Ned Rifkin, director of the Menil Collection in Houston. Previous winners include cosmetics magnate and art collector Leonard Lauder (1999), owner of a highly regarded collection of Cubist works, and David Rockefeller (2000).

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW HEAD OF IMLS: The United States Senate recently confirmed Robert Sidney Martin, a librarian and archivist, as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov), an independent, five-year-old Federal grant-making agency that funds American libraries and museums. Previously professor and interim director of the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University, Martin will replace Beverly Sheppard, who has been the senior official at IMLS since March 1999. Sheppard will remain at IMLS, stepping down to serve in her former role as deputy director for museum services. The agency currently has an annual budget of approximately $230 million and is advised by two Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed entities: the National Commission for Libraries and Information Science and the National Museum Services Board.

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