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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS The Denver Art Museum (DAM) promoted John Lukavic, formerly the curator of Native Arts, to the endowed position of Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts. He will oversee the museum’s Indigenous American, Oceanic, and African art collections at the museum. DAM hired Lukavic in 2012 as assis- tant curator of Native Arts. Lukavic holds a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. In 2018 he was selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University’s NextGen program. COLLECTIONS Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner donated a thousand Indigenous artworks to the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, to form the Kampelmacher Memorial Collection of Indigenous Art. Druyan and Ladner named their collection to honor Ladner’s grandparents. The couple, formerly based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and now in Edmonton, chose to donate to the MacKenzie because of the museum’s strong history of collecting Indigenous art since the 1970s. This gift is valued in seven figures and follows an anonymous $25 million donation last summer to launch an endowment and a six-figure donation for acquisitions by local philanthropist Lyn Goldman. above, left to right Peabody Essex Museum 2019 Curatorial Mellon Fellow Frank Redner (Upper Sioux Community) and new assistant curator for exhibitions and researcher Rachel Allen (Nez Perce). © 2019 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo: Kathy Tarantola. Image courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. MUSEUMS The Osage Nation Museum hired Marla Redcorn-Miller (Osage- Kiowa-Caddo) as its new director. Redcorn-Miller was serving as deputy director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe and has worked with Native collections in museums since 1992. She holds a BA in art history from Dartmouth College and a doctoral degree in art history from Columbia University. She is a Ford Fellow and has served on the boards of the Native American Art Studies Association and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. Founded in 1938 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the Osage Nation Museum is the oldest tribal museum. Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, selected Rachel Allen (Nez Perce) to serve as its assistant curator for exhi- bitions and research. Frank Redner (Upper Sioux Community) will be the museum’s 2019 Curatorial Mellon Fellow. Additionally, PEM announced it has been awarded a $1.3M grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its landmark Native American Fellowship program, which is going into its tenth year. 12 | WWW.FIRSTAMERICANARTMAGAZINE.COM Cheri Tate donated 72 Inuit sculptures to the Great Northern Arts Festival Society in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Tate is the granddaughter of Harold Harshaw, who worked for the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources and amassed the collection in the 1940s and 1950s. The collection has been kept at his home in San Diego, California, for decades. Most of the small sculptures, carved from steatite, walrus ivory, or bone, originate from the Eastern Arctic. SCHOOLS The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Institute for American Indian Arts a three-year planning grant of $434,000 to create a new research center. The planned research center would focus on specifically on 20th- and 21st-century Native art and cultures. ART MARKETS The Autry Museum held its annual American Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles. Susan Hudson (Navajo) won best of show, and Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota) won the Jackie Autry Purchase Award. Classifications winners were Don Johnston (Qagan Tayagungin Unangax ̂ ), basketry; Susan Hudson, diverse cultural art forms; Bruce Joe (Navajo), jewelry; Corey Stein (Tlingit), beadwork and quillwork; Delores Juanico (Acoma), pottery; Renferd Koruh (Hopi), woodcarving; Catherine Black Horse (Seminole), clothing and personal attire; Terrance Guardipee (Blackfeet), painting and mixed media; Peggy Fontenot (Patawomeck), photography; Robert Dale Tsosie (Navajo-Picuris), sculpture; Phil Singer (Navajo), textiles; and EllaRose Bednorz (Patawomeck), youth.