Frost Art Museum honors Michael Spring with major award for cultural contributions

Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University; and Michael Spring, recipient of the museum’s 2018 Art Transforms Benefactor Impact Award. Image courtesy of Frost Art Museum

MIAMI – The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University has announced Michael Spring as the 2018 winner of a major award for contributions to Miami’s arts and culture.

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Stan Lee in his supporting role as postman Willie Lumpkin in the 2005 movie 'Fantastic Four,' 20th Century Fox. Fair use of low-resolution image. All Marvel characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 2005 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved.

In Memoriam: Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, 95

NEW YORK – Stan Lee, the larger-than-life architect of Marvel Comics, has died. He was 95.
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Catherine Deneuve’s Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe to star in January auction

Catherine Deneuve with her dear friend Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008). Photo ©Jean-Luce Huré, provided by Christie’s

PARIS – Christie’s France is proud to announce the sale of Catherine Deneuve’s wardrobe, to be held January 24, 2019. The dresses, suits and accessories are a moving testimony of the friendship between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent, a relationship which lasted for several decades. Nearly 300 lots will be presented in total to the numerous connoisseurs and international collectors in Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week. Christie’s will offer approaching 150 lots during a live auction, in addition to an online sale accessible to digital bidders from January 23-30, 2019.

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Family, fans, of Tom Petty gather to name park in his honor

Tom Petty, performing with Mudcrutch at the Fillmore, San Francisco, June 20, 2016. Photo by Davidwbaker, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida park was renamed after iconic rocker Tom Petty, who played at that park as a boy.

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Indiana museum to tell story of basketball great Larry Bird

Larry Bird at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement, Aug. 12, 2010. Photo copyright Catherine Saunders-Watson. All rights reserved

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – A museum is being planned to tell the story of basketball great Larry Bird, an Indiana native.

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In Memoriam: pop artist Mel Ramos, 83

Mel Ramos exhibition in Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 2012. Image: lar3, flickr, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

Pop artist Mel Ramos, best known for his satirized pin-up art and often racy depictions of women, passed away on October 14, 2018. According to his daughter and studio manager, Rochelle Leininger, the cause of death was heart failure. He was 83 years old.

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In Memoriam: Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist

Paul G. Allen at Flying Heritage Collection. 2013 photo by Miles Harris, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

SEATTLE (AP) – Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist, technology investor and owner of several professional sports teams, has died. He was 65.

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Museum of American Revolution honors filmmaker Ken Burns

Ken Burns. 2016 photo by David Hume Kennerly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is being honored in Philadelphia with an award from the Museum of the American Revolution.

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Statue of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell unveiled

Chris Cornell (at left) performing at Quart Festival 2009, Kristiansand, Norway. Photo by Jørund F Pedersen, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

SEATTLE (AP) – A life-size, bronze statue of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been unveiled at a Seattle museum.

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Linda Harrison named director, CEO of Newark Museum

Linda Harrison, newly appointed director, Newark Museum

NEWARK, N.J. – After a comprehensive, nationwide search, the Newark Museum Board of Trustees has appointed Linda Harrison as its new Director and Chief Executive Officer. Harrison will lead New Jersey’s largest museum, home to one of the most internationally respected global collections, effective January 2019.  She will be the museum’s eighth director, succeeding Steven Kern who left his position in 2017.

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