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Walter Massey Is the New Chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project

Walter Massey Is the New Chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project

Poised to be the first of a new generation of extremely large telescopes, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be the largest optical telescope in the world when it comes online in 2022. Walter Massey is the former president of Morehouse College and currently serves as chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alicia Henry of Fisk University Wins the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

Alicia Henry of Fisk University Wins the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

In announcing the award the society stated that “Henry’s work specializes in painting, textile and mixed-media installation work that explores social relationships through depictions of the human figure shown in isolation and interacting with one another.”

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Three Black Scholars Named MacArthur Fellows

Of this year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, three are Black scholars with ties to the academic world. They are Patrick Awuah, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and LaToya Ruby Frazier.

New Book Explores the Impact of Early Photography on African Americans

New Book Explores the Impact of Early Photography on African Americans

Co-editor Maurice Wallace of Duke states that “early photography helped the U.S. visualize the possibility of African-Americans as proper and fully engaged citizens in our democracy.”

Kymberly Pinder Named Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico

Kymberly Pinder Named Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico

She is a professor and former chair of the department of art history, theory, and criticism at the Art Institute of Chicago.