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Gaëtane Verna is joining the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University as executive director, effective Nov. 15. | Photo by Tyrell Gough


Art historian and administrator Gaëtane Verna (above) will be the next executive director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Verna has been serving as director and artistic director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto since 2012. She officially joins the Wex on Nov. 15. | Columbus Dispatch

Hallie Ringle is joining the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) as Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator. Since 2018, she has been serving as curator of contemporary art the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. Concurrently, she has held the role of curator-at-large at MoMA PS1 in New York since 2021. Ringle’s research includes a major exhibition project on artist Mavis Pusey (1928-2019). Previously, she worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2013-18), rising to assistant curator. She starts at the ICA in Philadelphia on Sept. 16. | More

The Saint Louis Art Museum (SALM) named Charlie Farrell a Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow (2022-24), a two-year paid opportunity. From Florida State University, Farrell earned both a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s in history and criticism of art. She joins SLAM after internships at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum in Quincy, Fla.; Florida’s Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the Africa Diaspora; and John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. | More


From left, CHAKAIA BOOKER, Installation view of “Déjà Vu,” 2016 (rubber tires and stainless steel, 21 x 26 x 17 feet), Commissioned by and exhibited at Millennium Park, Chicago, Ill.; and CHAKAIA BOOKER, “Optical Illusion,” 2021 (rubber tires and wood, 64 x 34 x 16 in / 162.6 x 86.4 x 40.6 cm). | © Chakaia Booker (2), Courtesy the artist and David Nolan Gallery


Artist Chakaia Booker is now represented by David Nolan Gallery in New York. Born in Newark, N.J., Booker is best known for transforming cast-off tires in radical sculptural forms. Her work was featured in “As Above, So Below,” a five-artist exhibition at David Nolan Gallery in 2020-21. Last year, ICA Miami presented “Chakaia Booker: The Observance,” a comprehensive survey of the artist. A catalog documenting the museum show is expected to be published this fall. | More



Campbell Addy captured cover images of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Megan Thee Stallion for the Fall Fashion Issue of New York magazine and The Cut. Addy, a Ghanaian-British, London-based photographer was recently profiled in The New York Times and is featured in the traveling exhibition “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,” currently on view through Sept. 11 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. | The Cut

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The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) will require art institutions to include salaries for all advertisements on its job board, effective Nov. 15. When the new policy was announced, AAM said the goal of pay transparency is “more equitable hiring, retention, and promotion of people working in museums.” | Artforum

The International Council of Museums based in Paris, France, has redefined the term “museum.” The new definition, updated from 2007, includes characterizations such as “accessible and inclusive” and “diversity and sustainability,” introducing a “more horizontal and democratic conception of the modern museum.” | Hyperallergic

After being announced earlier this year, a new AP African American Studies course was introduced at 60 high schools across the country last week. Next year, 200 are expected to offer the class. | NPR / Education Week / Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Shondaland, the online platform for the storytelling company founded by TV titan and art collector Shonda Rhimes, published a series of articles on “Art Now,” exploring the “art and artists that are bringing us joy and perspective in today’s world.” | More


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