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Blanton Museum of Art Receives Prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $504,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a curatorial fellowship program for a six year period. In collaboration with the University’s Department of Art and Art History, the Blanton will pilot an innovative and rigorous program for art history doctoral students that facilitates opportunities for object-based study and promotes a comprehensive understanding of museum operations.

Dallas Museum of Art Presents First Display of Excavated Etruscan Tomb

A set of art objects from a 5th-century B.C. burial site in Spina, Italy, which have never previously been displayed or loaned, will go on view at the Dallas Museum of Art tomorrow. The exhibition is the first display of this excavated tomb since its discovery almost a century ago, and features four Attic red-figure vases, dating from 470–400 B.C., a 5th-century B.C. silver fibula, a bronze statuette from the latter half of the 5th century B.C., and an alabaster vessel. The works will remain on view through 2017 in the Museum’s second floor galleries.

Application Deadline Extended for Meadows Museum’s Moss / Chumley Award

The Meadows Museum has extended the application deadline for its 2013 Moss / Chumley North Texas Artist Award to Monday, November 11, 2013. The award, which carries a cash prize of $1,500, is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least ten years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts.

The Sixth Floor Museum Offers Interactive Calendar of Events for 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

Residents and visitors to Dallas looking for events commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this fall can now access information about all area-wide JFK events in one place: The interactive online calendar, created by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, includes more than 50 exhibits, lectures, film premieres, author appearances, performances and special events presented throughout the community in observance of the anniversary.

Dallas Heritage Village to Premiere Documentar on Pilot Grove Church Restoration

The Dallas Heritage Village invites the community to an evening dedicated to historic preservation, Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m., Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215. Award winning documentary filmmaker Mark Birnbaum will premiere his new documentary short, Pilot Grove Church – an Education/Restoration Project, on the restoration of Dallas Heritage Village’s own Pilot Grove Church.

Contributors to LIFE’s The Day Kennedy Died to Make Exclusive Appearance at The Sixth Floor Museum

When President John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963, LIFE mobilized. That journalism and photojournalism, as well as the stories behind them all, are revisited in The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment. Four of the contributors to the commemorative new book – J.I. Baker, Richard B. Stolley, Robert Sullivan and Alexandra Zapruder — will be at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on Saturday, October 26, for an exclusive panel discussion and book signing. The program will begin at 2 p.m. on the Museum’s seventh floor. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online in advance at Seating is limited.

National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Call for Nominations

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum & Hall of Fame (“The Museum”), today announced the Call for Nominations for 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. The Museum and Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring and documenting the lives of men and women of all races and backgrounds who have made exemplary contributions to Western heritage, past and present. The Museum was founded to acknowledge the contributions of Hispanic, Native American, European and African-Americans in the settlement of the Western frontier. Through exhibits, tours, workshops and storytelling, the Museum provides a unique historical perspective of the true old West. Hall of Fame Honorees are inducted into the Hall of Fame once a year at the Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, being held on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

SMU’s Pollock Gallery Presents Video Days

The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present the exhibition Video Days from November 1 through December 13, 2013. The exhibition features film and video by six artists: Larry Clark, Florian Drexel, Spike Jonze, Nicolas Provost, Christopher Samuels and Ryan Wolfe. The works address issues such as social stereotypes, dogma, human conditioning, risk, chance, and what it means to live the “American Dream.”