Maine children’s museum sells building in prep for big move
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine children's museum has sold its downtown Portland building to help clear the way for a move into a new space.
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine sold the...
Minneapolis art museum names Texas museum head new director
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Institute of Art has named the head of a Texas art museum as its next director.
Katherine Crawford Luber comes to the Minneapolis museum from the San...
Newcomb Art Museum gets $216000 to help digitize collection
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A university museum in New Orleans has received more than $216,000 to help inventory and digitize its collections.
Robert Indiana’s home transferred to Star of Hope Foundation
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Four properties owned by the late pop artist Robert Indiana are now in possession of the foundation that intends to transform his Star of Hope island home into an art...
3 Maine museums to receive grants to make improvements
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Southern Maine's democratic congresswoman says three museums in her district will receive federal funds to make improvements.
Indiana University art museum nears reopening after project
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University is preparing for the reopening of its Bloomington campus art museum this fall following a $30 million renovation.
Wildfire burns near art museum in Jackson Hole
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A timely rain helped knock down a wildfire that threatened an art museum and some rural homes in northwest Wyoming's Jackson Hole region.
Maine art museum receives gift of nearly $2 million
OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — A Maine art museum is receiving a large donation from one of its board members that the museum's board president says will enable a "bold step into the future."
Correction: Museum Benefactor Suit story
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a story July 23 about a Maine art museum receiving a $4.6 million court award, The Associated Press erroneously reported the museum's full name. It's the Portland Museum...
Massachusetts art museum gets $10M gift
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts has received a $10 million gift it will use to address both its immediate needs as well as its long-term financial...
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An art museum in New Hampshire is launching a free summer block party featuring food, drinks and family friendly activities.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A civil trial has begun over a Maine art museum's claims that a deceased benefactor's caretaker manipulated her into removing the museum from her will.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four famous paintings will be showcased in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts beginning this fall.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced Monday that Utah is one of...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a man and woman have been shot while fighting over a gun in a car that was parked outside the St. Louis Art Museum after it had closed for the night.
DETROIT (AP) — Student artwork will be showcased in the Lansing and Detroit offices of state Attorney General Dana Nessel.
The artwork was part of the 82nd Detroit Public Schools Community...
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Museum of Art has so far this year added more than 70 contemporary and historic artworks to its broad collection.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is displaying nine recent acquisitions including a portrait of Aretha Franklin by photographer Anthony Barboza.
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Divers off the coast of Florida can now visit an underwater art museum.
Divers finished placing a series of artworks on a sunken ship Saturday about seven miles (11...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A more than $2.8 million donation to the University of Michigan Museum of Art will help enhance and develop the museum's exhibitions program.
DALLAS (AP) — The more than 70 years of fashion created by the famed House of Dior will be examined in an exhibit opening in Dallas that will feature almost 200 dresses.
University of Iowa to break ground on $50 million art museum
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — After 11 years without a home for its art collection, the University of Iowa announced a groundbreaking ceremony for a new art museum building at 3 p.m. on June 7 in Gibson...
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is hiring an architect under a plan to build a $71 million campus art museum that could open in 2022.
Philly.com says university President Eric Barron...
CHICAGO (AP) — More than 50 veteran artists from across the country will be in Chicago for an art summit and the launch of new exhibits.
The National Veterans Art Museum Triennial and Art...
US museum condemns use of its art by German far-right party
BERLIN (AP) — An American art museum is demanding that a German far-right party stop using one of its paintings, portraying a 19th-century slave auction, on an anti-Muslim campaign poster. The...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be loaning works to eight Pennsylvania museums under a new program designed to broaden public access to art.
Parents press Harvard to remove Sackler name from art museum
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Parents whose children fatally overdosed on opioids are demanding Harvard University remove the name of a family whose company makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin from...
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Teen pleads guilty to Denver Art Museum damage
DENVER (AP) — A teenager has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for damaging nearly $100,000 worth of art at the Denver Art Museum.
The district attorney's office says Jake Siebenlist, of...
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's prime minister says the National Gallery in Prague is working on a project with the Pompidou Center in Paris whose goal is to establish a branch of the modern...
New Mexico angling to become home of New Deal art museum
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An effort is underway in New Mexico to build support for establishing a national museum dedicated to the New Deal, the Great Depression-era series of work programs and art...
Participants sought for community mega-mural at art museum
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Visitors to the Currier Museum of Art are invited to draw or make a collage on a mega-mural.
The 7-by-24-foot mural invites participants to represent their experiences and vision through colored and pattered papers, crayons, pencils, and glue.
It's anticipated that the mural will reflect the diversity of Manchester's natural and urban spaces, and the people in its evolving community.
Statue of limitations? Facebook draws line over museum nudes
GENEVA (AP) — A Geneva art museum says Facebook prohibited it from promoting an upcoming exhibit with images of two statues — a half-naked Venus and a nude, kneeling man.
The Museum of Art and History took to Twitter to say it had wanted to post pictures of the statues on Facebook to promote the "Caesar and the Rhone" exhibit that opens Friday, but the social media platform "prevented us from it, because of their nudity."
Bite my Picasso: Art museums drawn into Super Bowl rivalry
BOSTON (AP) — Careful about picking sides in the Super Bowl — one of these world-class art museums may tell you where to Van Gogh.
As Sunday's showdown between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams draws near, Boston's prestigious Museum of Fine Arts and Los Angeles' venerable J. Paul Getty Museum are engaging in a little trash talk.
Weird Paris debut of immersive Stalinist reality show DAU
PARIS (AP) — Imagine setting aside two years of your life to work, sleep and procreate in a fake Stalinist physics lab. A place where secret police or hidden microphones monitor every utterance. Where you're not allowed to check your phones or don modern underwear, or mention anything that's happened in the last half-century — or acknowledge that the whole thing is really just a film set.
Art museum delays decision on accepting Rockwell paintings
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A board of trustees for an Ohio art museum has delayed accepting Norman Rockwell art from the Boys Scouts of America, fearing community backlash because of a recent report detailing the scouting organization's problems involving child sex abuse allegations.
Boston art museum acquires 1 of famed Infinity Room exhibits
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston art museum has acquired one of the popular "Infinity Mirror Room" installations that have drawn hordes of selfie takers to museums worldwide.
The Institute of Contemporary Art announced this week it will display one of the 20 fantastical spaces created by 89-year old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama this fall.
Exhibition celebrates legacy of patron of Detroit art museum
DETROIT (AP) — An upcoming exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates the legacy of late museum patron, benefactor and volunteer Margaret Herz Demant.
The exhibition titled "Extraordinary Eye, Extraordinary Gift: The Legacy of Margaret Herz Demant " opens Jan. 27 and runs through May 26 in the museum's new acquisitions gallery. It celebrates her gift of artworks to the museum as well as her passion for African and modern Western art.
Denver Art Museum downgrades vandalism damage estimate
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Art Museum now estimates the damage done by a vandal last month at less than $100,000, down from the nearly $2 million it initially reported to police.
Museum spokeswoman Jena Pruett told The Denver Post Tuesday that nearly all the Chinese and Mayan artifacts that were damaged can be repaired. One exception is a 19th century vase from China.
Vandalism at Denver Art Museum caused nearly $2M in damages
DENVER (AP) — An official told police the Denver Art Museum sustained nearly $2 million in losses when a vandal shattered glass and damaged other artwork last month.
The Denver Post reports police arrested 18-year-old Jake Siebenlist on suspicion of felony criminal mischief in the amount of $1 million or more following the vandalism spree at the museum in downtown Denver on Dec. 9.
Philanthropist again funds Wichita Art Museum admissions
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita philanthropist Colby Sandlian is ensuring that Saturday visits to the Wichita Art Museum will remain free.
Sandlian has donated $1 million to the Wichita Community Foundation to establish an endowed fund for the museum to continue free admissions.
Museum Director Patricia McConnell said in a news release that Saturday admissions account for nearly half of the museum's annual attendance.
Painting stolen in WWII is heading from US to Ukraine
A painting that was stolen during World War II and later spent decades in a Connecticut home will be returned to an art museum in Ukraine, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.
The FBI seized the painting after a retired couple in Ridgefield transported it to Washington, D.C., to be auctioned last year. The couple, David and Gabby Tracy, had long cherished the painting but figured it was a copy, not the signed original.
Museum acquires statue, complete with glitter, nail polish
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An impressive marble sculpture of the first king of Israel, which disappeared from public view for 150 years, has been acquired by a North Carolina art museum from a boarding school in England.
But before the sculpture titled "Saul Under the Influence of Evil" is installed in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, conservators must remove the glitter stuck in the crevices of the statue's clothing and remnants of what might be black fingernail polish.
Meek Mill, Fat Joe attend DJ Khaled’s Miami birthday bash
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Meek Mill, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe were among the rappers who came out to celebrate DJ Khaled's birthday at an over-the-top party at the Perez Art Museum to close out Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Man arrested in shattering of sculptures at Denver museum
DENVER (AP) — An 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief for shattering glass sculptures and damaging other pieces at the Denver Art Museum, police said Monday.
Jake Siebenlist was taken into custody Sunday at the museum in downtown Denver.
Witnesses told police that Siebenlist pushed a glass sculpture to the ground then began to throw other sculptures around the room. Court records say he also tried to damage two paintings that were protected by plastic glass.
Denver Art Museum hosts 1st major Dior retrospective in US
DENVER (AP) — Haute couture gowns worn by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna are now on view at the Denver Art Museum.
The museum's new exhibition, "Dior: From Paris to the World," opened Monday and runs through early March. It is the first major Dior retrospective in the United States, and it features seven decades of decadent looks.
Christian Dior exploded onto the fashion scene in the late '40s.
Self-taught artist displays folk style at Casper museum
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Color fills the gallery, where faces peer from portraits covering the walls almost from top to bottom. Sculptures crowd the center of the space at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Figures wrapped in twine suspend from the ceiling, while characters made of bowling pins perch along a ledge at the top of the gallery walls.
Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum selects architect for expansion
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has announced plans to erect a new building on land it's occupied since 1931.
The museum said in a news release Wednesday that the architectural firm of Snøhetta has been chosen for the project. The firm's many noted projects include work for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City and the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Icelandic sculptor to guide visitors through outdoor exhibit
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A sculptor from Iceland will be at a Louisiana college in the upcoming week to guide visitors through her outdoor sculpture series called Borders.
Eleven pairs of life-sized androgynous human figures were installed around Centenary College in Shreveport in early October. They'll remain through the school year.
Springfield Art Museum unveils ambitious renovation plan
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — If all goes as planned, the Springfield Art Museum could one day be a multi-story structure with floor-to-ceiling windows, a meandering stream outside, walking and biking trails and more space.
Art Museum Director Nick Nelson presented the vision for the museum's transformation into an "incredible, world-class art museum" to City Council on Tuesday.
University of Minnesota continues renting art to students
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hudson Walker, a Harvard-educated art collector and historian, was christened the first curator of the Little Gallery on the University of Minnesota campus in March 1934.
What began as the Little Gallery grew into a big gallery, known as the Weisman Art Museum.