May 15, 2015: Jackie Saccoccio Wins the Artadia NADA Award & USC’s First-Year MFA Students All Drop Out
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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2015 opens at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, and runs through Sunday, May 17th.
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Jackie Saccoccio has been named the winner of the $4,000 Artadia NADA award, a prize jointly awarded by nonprofits Artadia and NADA, alongside the latter’s New York fair. The award also allows Saccoccio to participate in Artadia’s New York residency program, exhibitions, and art fair projects. (via ARTnews)
The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design’s entire first-year class of MFA students has dropped out of the school. In a letter to the administration, the seven students cited as cause a decrease in subsidized funding for the program, which would saddle them with unexpected debt, as well as changes to the faculty that left the quality of the program diminished and its curriculum uncertain. (via Hyperallergic)
More cultural artifacts have come under threat from ISIS, as the extremist group recently expanded fighting into the area outside of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Syrian city containing ancient tombs, temples, and columns some 2,000 years old. Before the fighting, government officials had removed some smaller museum artifacts for protection against possible attack, yet the area remains in danger. (via the New York Times)
Rio de Janeiro’s Casa Daros cultural center will cease operations this December, despite opening after long-term renovations just over two years ago. The center’s final exhibition, due to open after its current show closes this August, will be on view through December 13th. The space’s owner, Daros Latinamerica, has announced that the company has decided to turn its attention internationally. (via The Rio Times)
New York’s McKee Gallery will close on August 31st, after a 41-year run. Gallery owners David McKee and Renee Conforte McKee have stated that their business model and values no longer align with an art world they call a “social circus of art fairs, auctions, dinners, and spectacle.” (via The Art Newspaper)
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