Issue #178
Any Port In A Storm November 11, 2011


Austin News

Arthouse at the Jones Center and Austin Museum of Art Merge

November 1, 2011—Concluding months of exploratory talks and deliberative meetings, the Board of Directors for Arthouse at the Jones Center (Arthouse) and the Board of Trustees for the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) have announced that the two institutions are now one. With a strong vote of confidence, both boards approved the merger, with a primary goal to exhibit and program modern and contemporary art for the citizens of Austin, Texas, and far beyond. With an annual operating budget of $3.2 million and zero debt, combining the two organizations will save more than $1 million in operational costs in the first year alone.

The new entity will own outright two architecturally-significant pieces of property, including AMOA's historic Driscoll Villa a the 12-acre Laguna Gloria site on the shores of Lake Austin at the terminus of West 35th Street, and Arthouse at the Jones Center's exhibition space at 700 Congress Avenue downtown, designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, and formerly known as the Queen Theater. Both of these facilities are currently exhibiting works, with additional plans for a new gallery and sculpture park slated for Laguna Gloria. 

The combined board of trustees has launched a national search for a new executive director and is working with New York-based search firm, Phillips Oppenheim on that effort. Since December of 2011, nonprofit and museum veteran Jack Nokes has been serving as interim chief operating officer for AMOA, and he will be the interim executive director of the new entity until a new executive director is hired and comes on board.

For more information and the full press release, please contact Dave Shaw at or Kevin Smothers at

(From the press release.)

New Orleans News

Prospect New Orleans Announces Franklin Sirmans As New Artistic Director

November 10, 2011 – Dan Cameron, Founding Director of Prospect New Orleans, along with the Board of Directors of U.S. Biennial, Inc, have announced the appointment of Franklin Sirmans as Artistic Director of Prospect.3, which is scheduled to open in October 2013. As the first curator outside the organization to take up the artistic directorship of the fledgling biennial, Sirmans will establish Prospect.3’s thematic structure, select the participating artists and projects, and collaborate with the biennial’s staff to situate the projects in suitable venues. Sirmans will also write the catalog’s principal essay.

Cameron, who worked closely with a Board committee to select Sirmans from a short list of U.S.- based curators, will continue to work with Prospect New Orleans as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of U.S. Biennial, which he founded in 2007. Cameron has also recently been appointed Chief Curator of the Orange County Museum of Art. His appointment will begin in January 2012. Prospect.2 New Orleans currently runs through January 29, 2012.

For more information and the full press release contact Deirdre Maher at

(From the press release.)

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