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  • Performance of Lumiere II,  and immersive sound and laser show, by Robert Henke at Gray Area’s Grand Theater, which is receiving support from Knight Foundation. Photo: Mariah Tiffany.

    Knight Foundation Awards $435,000 to Four Art and Technology Projects

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today that it has awarded $435,000 to four projects as part of its art and technology initiative, which aims to help digital artists engage audiences and establish long-term success amid a changing cultural climate.

    The projects receiving support will help train artists to better use digital tools for artmaking, will support the development and sustainability of open-source software for artists, will build communities of digital artists, and will explore new business models for digital artists.

    “Art is a cornerstone of community that plays a

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  • Annie Fletcher. Photo: Niek Tijsse Klasen.

    Annie Fletcher Named Director of Irish Museum of Modern Art

    The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin announced today that Annie Fletcher will join the institution as its new director in March 2019. Fletcher comes to IMMA from the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, where she is chief curator. She also currently serves as a tutor at De Appel Art Center in Amsterdam, as well as at the Dutch Art Institute and Design Academy Eindhoven.

    “Annie is a highly-respected curator with extensive international experience and networks that can deliver on IMMA’s mission to connect audiences and art and provide an extraordinary space in Ireland where contemporary

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  • Kapwani Kiwanga. Photo: miv photography.

    Kapwani Kiwanga Wins 2018 Sobey Art Award

    The Ontario-born and Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga has been named the winner of this year’s Sobey Art Award. Billed as Canada’s most prestigious contemporary art prize, the award aims to promote new developments in Canadian art and to provide much-needed financial support to artists.

    Kiwanga—an anthropologist, social scientist, and filmmaker known for her research-driven works that often reference historical narratives, Afrofuturism, science fiction, and colonialism, among her other interests—was presented with the honor during a ceremony at an awards gala held at the National

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  • The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.

    New York’s Everson Museum Gifted $4.8 Million

    The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, has received a donation of $4.8 million, one of the largest gifts ever made to a Syracuse arts organization. Longtime museum supporters and board members Paul Philips and Sharon Sullivan donated the money as part of the institution’s new $17 million capital campaign. The fundraising effort was announced in September as part of the fiftieth anniversary of its iconic I.M. Pei–designed building.

    According to the museum, “The Everson. First and Forever.” campaign, chaired by Jessica Danial and Michael P. Falcone, aims to expand the museum’s influence

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  • The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Maryland.

    Art Dealers Association of America Foundation Names Recipients of Annual Grant Program

    The Art Dealers Association of America Foundation announced today the four recipients of its 2018 grants: the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Maryland, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in New Mexico. They will each receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to mount exhibitions and conduct research.

    Selected by the foundation’s board, comprising ADAA galleries, the four new grantees presented proposals for exhibitions touching on issues such as global migration,

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  • Quentin Bajac. Photo: Peter Ross.

    Quentin Bajac Heads to Paris to Direct Jeu de Paume

    Quentin Bajac, the chief curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is departing the institution after nearly five years to become the next director of the French national photography museum Jeu de Paume. He succeeds Marta Gili, the founding director of the noncollecting institution, which was established in Paris in 2004. 

    During Bajac’s tenure at MoMA, he organized numerous exhibitions, including the Stephen Shore retrospective that closed in May, “Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection” (2015), “A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the

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  • Die Vielen, the nonprofit organization that spearheaded the anti-nationalist declarations, also organized the first Glitter Demonstration against the far right took, which place in May 2018. Photo: Die Vielen.

    Cultural Institutions Across Germany Unite Against the Far Right

    Museums and cultural organizations in the city-states of Berlin, Hamburg, and North Rhine-Westphalia are taking a stand against rising nationalism in Germany. Hundreds of institutions have signed declarations denouncing the “illegitimate attempts made by right-wing nationalists to exploit art and cultural events for their own purposes.”

    More than 140 Berlin-based organizations, including members of the KW Institute, the Berlin Biennale, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, signed the first declaration, titled “Berlin Declaration of the Many,” which was spearheaded by the nonprofit Die Vielen, on

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  • Liu Li Anna, president of the CCAA from 2011 to 2018; Suhanya Raffel, executive director, M+; Victor Lo Chung-wing, chairman of M+ board; Uli Sigg, founder of the CCAA; Duncan Pescod, chief executive officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Photo: The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

    Hong Kong’s M+ Museum to Launch $63,800 Sigg Prize

    The M+ Museum in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District announced that it has established the Sigg Prize, a new biennial $63,800 award that recognizes outstanding artistic practices in the Greater China region. The finalists of the inaugural award will receive $12,700 and will be announced in March 2019.

    The prize will replace the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA), which was conceived by Uli Sigg in 1997 and has been chaired by Liu Li Anna since 2011. The CCAA, the first award for contemporary art in Mainland China, has been supported by M+ since 2012, and a member of the M+ team has been

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  • The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

    Future of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Threatened by State Budget Cuts

    More than one year after the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), one of Thailand’s largest public art institutions, had its budget slashed by the federal government, it is struggling to continue its operations. Despite drawing over 1.8 million visitors last year, the nonprofit nearly had its water supply cut off in September. The nine-story venue—which comprises galleries, performance spaces, and a library—had previously been allotted around $1.2 million from the city annually. While the center was not given a reason for the government’s decision to cut its funding, many suspect

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  • Stephanie Cristello. Photo: Assaf Evron.

    Stephanie Cristello Appointed Artistic Director of Expo Chicago

    Expo Chicago announced today that Stephanie Cristello, editor in chief of the contemporary and modern art journal The Seen and the fair’s former director of programming, will assume the role of artistic director effective immediately. Cristello will oversee the exposition’s core programs and initiatives, including its dialogues panel program, site-specific installations, off-site exhibitions, and national and international partnerships.

    “After six years with the organization, and the launch of numerous core programs, I look forward to being at the helm of expanding the legacy of an exposition

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  • Alison Rossiter. Photo: Michelle Kloehn.

    Alison Rossiter Wins Shpilman Photography Prize

    The 2018 Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography has been awarded to American artist Alison Rossiter. Established by the Shpilman family and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in 2010, the $40,000 biennial award recognizes contemporary photographers who are working on projects relating to the human condition. This year’s prize focuses on the idea of “The Last Photograph” and the evolving role of cameras as information transmitters in the virtual age.

    Rossiter was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1953 and lives and works in New York. She received her training in photography and

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  • Mary Ceruti. Photo: Troy Benson.

    SculptureCenter’s Mary Ceruti Named Executive Director of Walker Art Center

    The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis announced today that Mary Ceruti, director and chief curator of SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, will join the institution as its new executive director beginning in late January 2019. Ceruti succeeds Olga Viso, who stepped down from the helm of the museum in November 2017. Toward the end of Viso’s ten-year tenure, she faced backlash over the inclusion of artist Sam Durant’s sculpture Scaffold in the center’s sculpture garden.

    “I am honored to be selected as the next director of this great institution and believe it is uniquely positioned to

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