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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced the winners in its 80th round of fellowships. A total of $6,912,000 went to 185 artists, scholars and scientists (an average of more than $37,000 each). Painting, sculpture and installation art: Neil Berger, Gideon Bok, Matthew Coolidge, Erin Cosgrove, Jenny Dubnau, Ken Feingold, Deborah Kahn, Joey Ktting, Joyce Kozloff, Lisa Lapinski, Philip Pavia, William Pope.L, Katy Schneider, Jim Shaw, Arlene J. Shechet, Sol'Sax, Jeffrey Vallance, Susan Jane Walp, William T. Wiley, Clara Williams. Photography: Uta Barth, Paola Ferrario, Mark Klett. Drama and performance art: Eric Bogosian, Dael Orlandersmith, Timberlake Wertenbaker.

The new biopic of painter Damian Loeb, starring Artnet's own Charlie Finch as guest art critic, premieres at the GenArt Film Festival in Manhattan, Apr. 15, 2004. Damian Loeb: In the Public Domain is directed and produced by Phillip Hunt and Tracey Barry, has music by Moby and features interviews as well with Chuck Close and Mary Boone. Tickets for the show, which is at Loews Cineplex 34th Street at 7:30 pm, are $25; for more info, go to

The nascent Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver has selected London-based architect David Adjaye to design its new $4-million, 20,000-square-foot facility. The 37-year-old Ghaniaian architect is a hot property in London, where he has designed the famous Dirty House for artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, the chapel-like installation for Chris Ofili's recent show at Victoria Miro, and the temporary tent for the Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park. The Denver MCA, which was founded in 1996, has been housed in temporary quarters in downtown Denver.

The 2004 Artwalk NY, scheduled for next fall, is to honor L.A. artist Ed Ruscha and art patron (and former ceo of PaineWebber and Museum of Modern Art board chair) Donald B. Marron. Both men are long-time supporters of the art-centric event, which benefits the Coalition for the Homeless and is now celebrating its 10th anniversary -- so an especially good turnout is expected. Highlight of the benefit weekend is the interview at Cooper Union between Ruscha and ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, scheduled for Nov. 20, 2004, followed by tours of artists' studios and a cocktail and silent auction hosted by Sotheby's. A gala dinner and live auction hosted by Sotheby's is scheduled for Nov. 18. For more info, call Scenic at (212) 608-5999.

Famed L.A.-based street-art curator Aaron Rose, who recently organized the "Beautiful Losers" exhibition at the Cincinnati CAM, is moving on -- to a customized 1963 Airstream trailer. Rose has organized a traveling exhibition in the trailer in conjunction with a 13-city "Youth Invasion Tour," organized by Look-Look Magazine and underwritten by Virgin Mobile. The tour, which is hosted by concert venues, galleries or alternative spaces in each city, is also presenting live performances by two music groups, Electrocute from Berlin and Hawnay Troof from San Francisco.

The bi-annual Look-Look Magazine, founded in 2003 by "cool hunters" DeeDee Gordon and Sharon Lee, showcases uncensored art, photography and writing by amateurs between the ages of 14 and 25. Part of its profits have already gone to underwrite 12 summer residencies for photo students at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The "Youth Invasion Tour" kicks off at the Virgin Megastore in Los Angeles on Apr. 20, 2004, before visiting the Glasshouse in Pomona on Apr. 21, the Solar Cultural Gallery in Tucson on Apr. 22, and on to Auston, Denton, Cincinatti, Philadelphia and so on. For details, see

SoHo's newest artist-run space, Guild & Greyshkul, is holding a one-night public screening on May 1 of films about artist-run exhibition spaces in six U.S. cities. "Make Your Own Fun," as it is called, presents experimental films about do-it-yourself exhibition spaces in Philadelphia (Space 1026), Milwaukee (Milhaus), Providence (The Dirt Palace), Kansas City (Paragraph and Your Face), Raleigh (Lump Gallery) and Atlanta (Dos Pestaneos). Among the artists involved are Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Tyson Reeder/Milhaus, Xander Marro, Cody Critcheloe, Jeremy S. Taylor, Hope Hilton and Scott Lawrence. The screening, which begins at 7 pm, was organized by artist Sabrina Gschwandtner. Tickets are $6; for info, email

Curators Kathy Grayson and Laura Tepper have organized "Majority Whip," a show of political art by over 40 young artists that opens on May 1, 2004, at White Box in Manhattan's Chelsea art district. The gallery space is being converted into a ramshackle U.S. Senate interior and filled with works on paper that are designed to inspire viewers to become politically involved -- and register to vote. Sales from the exhibition benefit Project Democracy, a Florida voter registration nonprofit, while the floor of the ersatz Senate is to be used for lectures and performances during the run of the show. The catalogue of the exhibition is designed by Scott Hug and doubles as the fourth incarnation of K48, his popular art show in a magazine.

Among the artists in the exhibition are Chris Johanson, Jo Jackson, Erik Parker, Keegan McHargue, Rosson Crow, Andrew Guenther & Matt Leines, Dylan Walker, Simone Shubuck, Sarah Braman, Carl Bennett, Brendan Fowler, Daniel Joseph, Ashley Macomber, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Shay Nowick, Scott Hug, Tracy Nakayama, Xylor Jane, Michael Magnan, Chris Lindig, Christopher Garrett, Scott Hewicker, Eamon Ore-Giron, Brian Bellott, Dearraindrop, Randy Colosky, Jim Drain, Devendra Banhart, Shaun O'Dell, Hishaam Bharoocha, PFFR, Misaki Kawai, Ry Fyan, Taylor McKimens, Justin Samson, Michael Mahalchick, Koji Shimizu, Jules de Balincourt, Katie A. Davis, Sara Thustra and Jeremy Yoder.

The National Academy of Design premieres its "179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art," May 6-June 20, 2004. Organized by Nancy Malloy, the academy's director of artist membership, with the exhibiting artists selected by a curatorial committee composed of academy members, the show includes contemporary works by more than 100 artists. Also on tap is the National Academy's annual gala, May 10, 2004, honoring Jane Freilicher for a lifetime of achievement. Tickets start at $550; for more info, contact (212) 369-4880 x226.

The artists in the academy's annual are Stephen Antonakos, Polly Apfelbaum, Ida Applebroog, Ben Aronson, Eve Aschheim, David Band, Steven Barbash, Sarah Bedford, Leigh Behnke, Fletcher Benton, Willard Boepple, Phyllis Bramson, D. Capobianco, Natalie Charkow, Emily Cheng, Arthur Cohen, Jean Cohen, Pier Consagra, John Crawford, Fred Dalkey, Susan Daykin, Lesley Dill, Diller + Scofidio, Tara Donovan, Josh Dorman, James Drake, Randall Exon, Ming Fay, Laurie Fendrich, Connie Fox, Judy Fox, Nancy Friese, Barnaby Furnas, Bruce Gagnier, Brenda Garand, Thomas Germano, Charles Ginnever, Max Ginsburg, Robert Godfrey, Judith Godwin, Margaret Grimes, Roy Gussow, Elizabeth Harms, Laura Harrison, Julie Heffernan, David Henderson, Tom Holland, Diana Horowitz, Sharon Horvath, John Hrehov, Anne Huibregtse, John Hull, Frances Hynes, Lani Irwin, Tracey Jones, Reed Kay, Mel Kendrick, Catherine Kernan, Victor Kerpel, Tom Knechtel, Nina Levy, Sol LeWitt, Ying Li, Robert Lobe, Whitfield Lovell, Jane Lund, Tony Martin, Younghee Choi Martin, Juanita McNeely, Josie Merck, Melissa Meyer, Richard K. Miller, Tyrone Mitchell, John Morris, Robert Natkin, Barry Nemett, Janet Niewald, Gladys Nilsson, Jason Novetsky, Jennifer Nuss, Jim Osman, Gregory Paquette, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Tony Phillips, Richard C. Pionk, Tim Prentice, Judith Raphael, Scott Richter, Harry Roseman, Paul Rosenblatt, Ephraim Rubenstein, Paul Sattler, Robert F. Schroeder, Bill Scott, Abby Shahn, Joel Shapiro, Dean Snyder, May Stevens, Jessica Stockholder, Barbara Takenaga, Robert Taplin, Paula Tavins, Hugh Townley, William Tucker, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Tomas Vu-Daniel, Sarah Walker, George Wingate, Philip Wofford, Lynne Yamamoto.

Art Chicago 2004 opens at the Windy City's famous Navy Pier, May 7-10, 2004, the 12th installment of the international event organized by Thomas Blackman Associates. Over 200 distinguished galleries are participating -- including more than two dozen that get in on a special ticket as part of the "International Invitational." These galleries, bring a special avant-garde frisson to the event, and include 1R Gallery (Chicago), Acuna Hansen (Los Angeles), Galerie Beckel Odille Boïcos (Paris), Robert Birch Gallery (Toronto), Black Dragon Society (Los Angeles), Bodybuilder & Sportsman (Chicago), Boom/Shane Campbell (Oak Park), Galerie Andreas Brüning (Dusseldorf), Bucket Rider (Chicago), Galeríe La Casona (Havana), Changing Role-Move Over Gallery (Naples), China Art Objects (Los Angeles), Christopher Cutts Gallery (Toronto), DCKT Contemporary (New York), Foxy Production (New York), Golinko Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles), Jack Hanley Gallery (San Francisco), Daniel Hug Gallery (Los Angeles), Kontainer Gallery (Los Angeles), Monique Meloche Gallery (Chicago), Mixture Contemporary Art (Houston), James Nicholson Gallery (San Francisco), Peres Projects (Los Angeles), Daniel Reich Gallery (New York), Revolution (Detroit), Linda Schwartz Gallery (Cincinnati), Sister (Los Angeles), *sixtyseven (Brooklyn), Southfirst (Brooklyn) and Uncle Freddy's Gallery (Hammond).