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Newswise: Conrad Prebys Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Support  UC San Diego Department of Music Outreach
Released: 5-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Conrad Prebys Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Support UC San Diego Department of Music Outreach
University of California San Diego

The University of California San Diego Department of Music will expand its post-pandemic reach with support from a $500,000 grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation. The grant, which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego, helps launch the department’s outreach to both regional audiences, and the international music community.

Newswise: How a Yale scientist and REM star named an ant for a Warhol 'Superstar'
Released: 5-May-2021 12:45 PM EDT
How a Yale scientist and REM star named an ant for a Warhol 'Superstar'
Yale University

The ant came in a small vial of ethanol, sealed in a plastic bag, and packed in a small cardboard box. It was addressed to Yale's Douglas B. Booher.

Newswise: Connection Between Art and Healing Extends Back Centuries
Released: 23-Apr-2021 10:20 AM EDT
Connection Between Art and Healing Extends Back Centuries
SUNY Buffalo State College

Frances Gage, associate professor of art history at Buffalo State College, has studied the connection between art and medicine for decades. It began with the Italian physician and art critic Giulio Mancini, who studied the potential effects pictures may have on their beholders. Today, this theory is playing out in hospitals and medical schools across the country that are recognizing how a range of activities can contribute to healing, including listening to music and looking at art, according to Gage.

Released: 22-Apr-2021 4:00 PM EDT
What Parkinson’s Disease Patients Reveal About How Art is Experienced and Valued
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Altered neural functioning, like that experienced in patients with Parkinson’s disease, changes the way art is both perceived and valued. People with neurological motor dysfunction demonstrated decreased experiences of motion in abstract art and enhanced preferences for high-motion art, compared to a healthy control group.

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Released: 16-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Leonardo da Vinci definitely did not sculpt the Flora bust
CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique / National Center of Scientific Research)

"It is machination, it is deception," said the Director General of the Berlin Royal Museums in his defence when criticized for buying a fake.

Newswise: Merkt named Director of the South Dakota Art Museum
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Merkt named Director of the South Dakota Art Museum
South Dakota State University

Donna Merkt has been named the director of the South Dakota Art Museum

30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Rescuing street art from vandals’ graffiti
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Street art adorns highways, roads and alleys around the world, but sometimes, vandals add unwanted graffiti on top. Now, scientists report an eco-friendly method that quickly and safely removes over-paintings on street art. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

Newswise: Making music from spider webs
30-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Making music from spider webs
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Spiders are master builders, expertly weaving strands of silk into intricate webs. Now, scientists have translated these complex structures into music, which could have applications ranging from better 3D printers to cross-species communication. They will present their results at ACS Spring 2021.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Rock Musicians Rufus Wainwright, Lisa Loeb, Tim Reynolds and More to Perform Free Virtual Concert for Colorectal Cancer Awareness
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

The American College of Gastroenterology Invites All to “Tune It Up: A Concert To Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer” Free Webstream Event Open to All on March 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm EDT

Released: 29-Mar-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Public voting now open to select winners of the Morgridge Ethics Cartooning Competition
Morgridge Institute for Research

The Morgridge Institute for Research launched the fourth annual Ethics Cartooning Competition, and public voting is now open to select the winners out of 17 semi-finalists.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
UNC Designated as All-Steinway School Thanks to Donor Funds
University of Northern Colorado

The University of Northern Colorado College of Performing and Visual Arts received a total of 96 new Steinway & Sons pianos, with most of them arriving in December of 2018, sealing the School of Music’s All-Steinway School status.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 4:10 PM EDT
New book unveils the hidden role Edith Lewis played in Willa Cather's life and work
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In "The Only Wonderful Things," to be released April 1 by Oxford University Press, Cather scholar Melissa Homestead details the collaborative partnership and personal relationship between Willa Cather and Edith Lewis. Although the two women lived together openly for nearly 40 years, information about their relationship was suppressed and disputed for many years. Homestead writes: "Willa Cather was no fool, and when she chose to live her life with Edith Lewis, she entered a partnership that enabled her to write some of the most loved and admired novels of the first half of the twentieth century."

Newswise: Comic book researcher: How the Marvel Universe reflects science and society
Released: 25-Mar-2021 4:50 PM EDT
Comic book researcher: How the Marvel Universe reflects science and society
DePaul University

A new exhibition opening at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry called Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes explores the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s evolution alongside society over the past 80 years. The collaboration between the museum and the genre makes sense, says Blair Davis.

Newswise: $1.7M in grants supports IU Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music
Released: 23-Mar-2021 1:40 PM EDT
$1.7M in grants supports IU Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University

Efforts to foster greater student diversity at the Kelley School of Business and support public performances during the Jacobs School of Music's centennial year received crucial financial support through grants to Indiana University from the Conrad Prebys Foundation.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 10:15 AM EDT
Translation updates Cicero’s treatise on jokes as ‘weapons’
Cornell University

Michael Fontaine’s lively new translation of Cicero’s ancient text on humor, “How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor,” amuses as well as instructs – as Cicero, called by his enemies “the stand-up Consul,” no doubt intended.

Newswise: Monumental Sculpture by Jeff Koons Debuts at Jacobs Medical Center
Released: 18-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Monumental Sculpture by Jeff Koons Debuts at Jacobs Medical Center
University of California San Diego

A new monumental sculpture by artist Jeff Koons debuts as part of the 150-piece Healing Arts Collection at the UC San Diego Health hospital. The artwork, titled Party Hat (Orange), was purchased 15 years ago by longtime university donors Joan and Irwin Jacobs while it was still in production. The larger-than-life metallic party hat reflects the transformative power of the healing that happens on the premises, as well as the celebration of new life at the hospital’s Birth Center.

Newswise: UC San Diego receives 12-piece collection of mid-20th century Soviet art
3-Mar-2021 3:30 PM EST
UC San Diego receives 12-piece collection of mid-20th century Soviet art
University of California San Diego

Twelve pieces of art from the Soviet Impressionism and Socialist Realism periods will find a new home at the University of California San Diego, thanks to longtime Division of Arts and Humanities supporters Ann and Joel Reed.

Newswise: George Washington University Helps Digitize Popular COVID-19 Memorial
26-Feb-2021 12:05 PM EST
George Washington University Helps Digitize Popular COVID-19 Memorial
George Washington University

Artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, with help from the George Washington University and University of Maryland, has launched a digital version of ‘IN AMERICA How Could This Happen…’ in an effort to continue honoring those who have died and the deaths yet to come.

Released: 25-Feb-2021 4:05 PM EST
AI identifies social bias trends in Bollywood, Hollywood movies
Carnegie Mellon University

Babies whose births were depicted in Bollywood films from the 1950s and 60s were more often than not boys; in today's films, boy and girl newborns are about evenly split. In the 50s and 60s, dowries were socially acceptable; today, not so much.

Released: 17-Feb-2021 11:20 AM EST
Film Professor Discusses COVID's Effect on Streaming Habits
SUNY Buffalo State College

Nielsen’s Streaming Meter noted that Americans spent 142.5 billion cumulative minutes weekly streaming video in the second quarter of 2020, an increase of nearly 75 percent from the second quarter of 2019. Aaron Daniel “AD” Annas, associate professor and director of Buffalo State College’s television and film arts (TFA) program, talks about this phenomenon and other aspects of streaming services, especially in light of the pandemic.

Newswise: How Carnival, Mardi Gras Thrive During a Pandemic
Released: 11-Feb-2021 11:15 AM EST
How Carnival, Mardi Gras Thrive During a Pandemic
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Kim D. Butler, a Rutgers University-New Brunswick scholar of history and Africana studies, reflects on the meaning of the festivals, their relationship to the African diaspora and how they will survive while the world fights COVID-19. The world’s largest Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, begins Feb. 12. Mardi Gras in New Orleans will be held Feb. 16.

Newswise: Sia Furler Institute appoints its first Artist-in-Residence
Released: 27-Jan-2021 7:05 PM EST
Sia Furler Institute appoints its first Artist-in-Residence
University of Adelaide

One of the world’s leading live-sound music engineers has become the first Artist-in Residence at the University of Adelaide’s Sia Furler Institute of Contemporary Music and Media.

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Released: 27-Jan-2021 12:55 PM EST
Beall Center for Art + Technology awarded Getty Foundation grant for SoCal collaboration
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 27, 2021 — A $100,000 research and planning grant from the Getty Foundation will allow The Beall Center for Art + Technology to join the third regional collaboration in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA. Forty-five cultural, educational and scientific institutions throughout Southern California will receive support for their projects, all of which will explore the intersection of art and science.

Newswise: Penn Medicine Partners with Renowned Artist Maya Lin for Art Installation Ahead of 2021 Opening of Hospital on Penn’s West Philadelphia Campus
Released: 27-Jan-2021 9:00 AM EST
Penn Medicine Partners with Renowned Artist Maya Lin for Art Installation Ahead of 2021 Opening of Hospital on Penn’s West Philadelphia Campus
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medicine’s Pavilion, one of the largest hospital projects underway in the United States and the largest capital project in the University of Pennsylvania’s history, will feature an art installation by renowned artist and designer Maya Lin. The artwork—tentatively titled “DNA Tree of Life”—will be on display in the atrium of the new state-of-the-art facility, set to open later this year.

Newswise: Why So Few Black Skiers and Ballet Dancers?
Released: 21-Jan-2021 3:15 PM EST
Why So Few Black Skiers and Ballet Dancers?
University of Vermont

A new book, The Color of Culture, is the first to show with statistical rigor the much lower participation rates of Black vs. white Americans in a nine recreational and cultural activities, from golf to painting. It uses statistical techniques to show that systemic racism explains the discrepancy.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 2:55 PM EST
Alumnus Vincent Steckler and his wife donate $10.4 million to UCI
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 12, 2021 — A $10.4 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from the Steckler Charitable Fund, formed by Vincent and Amanda Steckler, will support art history students as well as the creation of a center committed to making the field of computing more inclusive. Vincent Steckler, who earned both a B.

Newswise: Hull-House hosts year-long series of experimental audio performances by ‘Guillermo Gómez-Peña addressing multiple pandemics
Released: 11-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST
Hull-House hosts year-long series of experimental audio performances by ‘Guillermo Gómez-Peña addressing multiple pandemics
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Public Media Institute and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art will present a series of experimental audio performances from performance artist, writer, activist and MacArthur Fellow Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

Released: 7-Jan-2021 3:50 PM EST
UCI Students Publish Book About Life Under Quarantine
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 7, 2021 – Students from the University of California, Irvine are self-publishing a book about their lives during the COVID-19 crisis. Patience and Pandemic, which is set to be released this month, is a collection of photography, essays and poetry solicited during the summer of 2020 as a way for Anteaters to express themselves during the stay-at-home order.

Newswise: Art Institutions Celebrate Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Groundbreaking Artist and Rutgers Professor
Released: 7-Jan-2021 8:05 AM EST
Art Institutions Celebrate Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Groundbreaking Artist and Rutgers Professor
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The performance and dis-assemblage artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz, a Distinguished Professor and the longest-serving Department of Art & Design faculty member at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, has defined himself for more than a half-century as an avant-garde breaker of artistic boundaries. This month, as he turns 87, he is having a moment with honors from the Whitney Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and El Museo del Barrio.

Released: 6-Jan-2021 10:05 AM EST
Why buying some conceptual art is like “owning nothingness”
Ohio State University

What exactly did the Crystal Bridges Museum get when it bought the artwork “Untitled” (L.A.), 1991 for $7.8 million? “From a legal perspective, absolutely nothing,” a law professor says.

Released: 5-Jan-2021 11:10 AM EST
Just A Taste: The Great Pennsylvania Cooking Show
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Harrisburg University Presents will host a live virtual cooking show featuring four renowned Pennsylvania chefs and celebrity chef, Roy Choi, to benefit hospitality employees across the state adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26

Newswise: Health People Announces Winners of the 4C’s: COVID, Community, Conscience Contest
30-Dec-2020 1:55 PM EST
Health People Announces Winners of the 4C’s: COVID, Community, Conscience Contest
Health People

Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute and New York City Health + Hospitals’ Test & Trace Corps Announce winners of 4C’s Contest, which invited young Bronx creatives, ages five to 24, to spread COVID-19 prevention awareness using their talent in the visual, written and performing arts.

Newswise: New Year’s Eve Zoom Concert to Benefit Hackensack University Medical Center Healthcare Heroes
Released: 30-Dec-2020 2:25 PM EST
New Year’s Eve Zoom Concert to Benefit Hackensack University Medical Center Healthcare Heroes
Hackensack Meridian Health

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jason Didner to perform New Year’s Eve concert via Zoom on 12/31 at 7PM Eastern to benefit Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center’s Organ Transplant Team.

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Released: 22-Dec-2020 2:05 PM EST
Virtual Concerts Heal the Spirit
Cedars-Sinai

On a recent morning, Wendy Lawson attended an exclusive live performance of "Le Cygne" (The Swan) by composer Camille Saint-Saëns, a piece of classical music known for its use in ballet. But Lawson's front-row seat was not in a concert hall. It was in the Cedars-Sinai Cancer infusion center, where she undergoes treatments for ovarian cancer.

Released: 18-Dec-2020 11:25 AM EST
Comics course provides valuable story-telling lessons
Cornell College

Cornell College students studied comics as an art and communication form during the third block Latin American studies course, Decolonizing Comics: Latinx Graphic Narratives in the U.S.

Newswise: Behind the scenes of ‘House Party’
Released: 18-Dec-2020 11:00 AM EST
Behind the scenes of ‘House Party’
Cornell College

From green screens to makeshift recording studios the students and faculty of the Cornell College Department of Theatre and Dance are discovering new ways of creating their masterpieces.

Newswise: Queen’s announces multimillion-pound investment to boost screen industries in Northern Ireland
Released: 18-Dec-2020 10:30 AM EST
Queen’s announces multimillion-pound investment to boost screen industries in Northern Ireland
Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast has announced a £2.5 million investment for an interdisciplinary research facility, MediaLab, focusing on virtual production that will help drive R&D for the screen industries and upskill the local sector in Northern Ireland.

Released: 17-Dec-2020 8:25 AM EST
In fiction, we remember the deaths that make us sad
Ohio State University

People may cheer the demise of evil villains in fiction, but the deaths we most remember are the meaningful and sad endings of the characters we loved, research suggests.

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Released: 8-Dec-2020 1:05 PM EST
Pacific Symphony working with UCI public health experts on COVID-19 plan
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 8, 2020 — University of California, Irvine public health experts are providing consulting services to Pacific Symphony to enable the Orange County ensemble to once again play music together – which hasn’t happened since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the past months, Pacific Symphony has held online events – including virtual concerts, living room concerts on video, internet interview programs, and KCET and PBS SoCal’s “Southland Sessions Presents Pacific Symphony” series – featuring offerings from the orchestra’s archival vaults.

Newswise: UA Little Rock professor receives $133,333 National Endowment for Humanities grant to publish book on unpublished works of Louise Dupin
Released: 8-Dec-2020 11:15 AM EST
UA Little Rock professor receives $133,333 National Endowment for Humanities grant to publish book on unpublished works of Louise Dupin
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

A professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $133,333 grant from the National Endowment for Humanities to publish the most complete edition of 18th-century French philosopher Louise Dupin’s unpublished treatise “Work on Women.” 

Newswise: Zadie Smith to Receive 2021 St. Louis Literary Award
Released: 4-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
Zadie Smith to Receive 2021 St. Louis Literary Award
Saint Louis University

The Saint Louis University Library Associates have announced the selection of British author Zadie Smith as the recipient of the 2021 St. Louis Literary Award.

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Released: 25-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
Pandemic Ups Game on Scenario Planning in The Arts
Wallace Foundation

Researcher/Author of new toolkit and report seeks to help arts and culture organizations add scenario planning to their strategic toolbox

Released: 23-Nov-2020 10:10 AM EST
The Black Women Behind Rock and Roll
New York University

Ahead of this year’s GRAMMY nominations, Maureen Mahon discusses several aspects of rock and roll’s racial and cultural history and, in particular, how African American women have played a role as both performers and inspirations, including for a once-little-known British band from Liverpool.

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Released: 20-Nov-2020 3:20 PM EST
Artist Sonya Clark Launches “Solidarity Book Project,” a Racism, History & Social Justice Initiative
Amherst College

Sonya Clark, award-winning professor of art and the history of art at Amherst College, has launched the Solidarity Book Project, a collaborative, community-based artwork and activist initiative that invites participants to stand in solidarity with Black and Indigenous communities.

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Released: 20-Nov-2020 1:50 PM EST
The microbiome of Da Vinci's drawings
Frontiers

The work of Leonardo Da Vinci is an invaluable heritage of the 15th century. From engineering to anatomy, the master paved the way for many scientific disciplines.


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