In celebration of its 50th-year anniversary, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has announced $27.7 million in grants to support 1,126 projects in 49 states. Among the recipients of the recent Arts Works grant cycle: LAXART is being awarded $25,000 dollars for a residency program accompanied by commissions, an award of $20,000 to support the 2016 edition of the Currents New Media Festival based in Santa Fe, and MCA Chicago will receive $50,000 in support of an upcoming survey exhibition featuring artist
Kerry James Marshall.
The Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the approval of $100 million in grants to 14 Indiana arts and cultural organizations—including $10 million each for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Zoo, with the Eiteljorg Museum among the grant recipients.
Cuban-American artist Coco Fusco was recenly awarded the 2016 Greenfield Prize in Visual Art in support of a documentary film about the suppression of Cuban artist/filmmaker Juan Carlos Cremata-Malbert, which will be presented upon complete at the Ringling Museum of Art in Florida. Previous winners of the award include Houston artist Trenton Doyle Hancock (2013) and New York-based Sanford Biggers (2010).
Artadia has announced the recipients of the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards, each of whom will receive the lifetime benefits of the Artadia Award program including access to the Artadia Art & Dialogue program. Awardees include Lily Cox-Richard and Autumn Knight to receive $12,000 in unrestricted funds as well as JooYoung Choi (Houston Council Award), El Franco Lee II, and Charisse Weston who receive $5,000.
The di Rosa recently announced Robert Sain as the museum’s new executive director, who comes to the museum after serving as executive director at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center in Mobile since 2011. He is scheduled to begin January 15.
The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University has announced an opening date of February 26, 2016. The inaugural exhibition, “Narrative Visions: 20th Century California Art From the Hilbert Collection,”
features works donated by Mark and Janet Hilbert, which includes paintings dating to the 1930s-1970s by artists associated with the California Scene movement such as Millard Sheets, Emil Kosa Jr., Milford Zornes and Rex Brandt.
The Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art has announced board member Jan Petry as recipient of the organization’s 2015 Visionary Award. In recognition of her decades of support, dedication and numerous contributions to the Intuit and the larger field of outsider art, Petry was presented with the award at the annual Visionary Ball.