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Hunter Museum Curator Retiring
Ellen Simak, chief curator for the Hunter Museum of American Art, is retiring after 25 years of service.
Simak joined the Hunter Museum in August of 1988. In her time at the Hunter Museum, she has helped purchase a number of significant works. The first purchase in her tenure was the George Segal sculpture, “Couple on Two Benches,” which was the inaugural acquisition from the Hunter Acquisition Endowment fund set in place by the Benwood Foundation. One of her recent purchases, a fine painting by African American artist Lois Mailou Jones, was acquired from a 2011 traveling show of the artist’s work which will finally return to the Hunter this summer at the end of the exhibit tour just as Simak is leaving.
Among the exhibits she curated, a 2008 exhibition of the work of Charles Burchfield was the culmination of her admiration for this American master’s work. Simak was an active participant in the reinterpretation of the collection in 2004 and designed the reinstallation of all the historic galleries in the museum at that time.
Simak has an M.A. in art history from the University of Delaware. She also has a B.A. in art history, journalism, and English literature from the University of Minnesota. Prior to beginning her museum career, she worked as a copy editor for the Minneapolis Tribune and an editor for Miller Publishing Company. From 1979-1982 she was the program assistant for the National Federation of State Humanities Councils, after which she returned to school to pursue a degree in art history.
Before accepting the position of curator of collections at the Hunter, she was curator of American Art at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, from December 1985 to August 1988.
“It has been my privilege to work at the Hunter Museum for almost 25 years,” Simak said. “Over those years, I have seen many changes, all for the good. But one thing that has remained a constant is the wonderful colleagues – on staff, on the board, amongst our volunteers and in the community – with whom I have shared my working life.”
Highlights of Simak’s impressive career include 33 exhibitions that she has organized since 1988 as well as a significant number of acquisitions. Additionally, Simak has published 12 catalogs and other publications, including Volume 2 of the Hunter’s catalog of the permanent collection.
“Ellen is a talented and dedicated curator and it has been an honor and a privilege to work with her,” said Hunter Museum Executive Director, Daniel Stetson. “Her efforts and achievements have made a lasting mark on the Hunter Museum and on Chattanooga. We will miss her, but wish her well on this new chapter of her life.”
Simak has also had an impact on the arts beyond the walls of the Hunter Museum by serving on a variety of community boards and committees including the Public Art Committee, the Arts and Education Council, Ballet Tennessee and a variety of other panels and commissions. She is a member of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Historians of American Art, the College Art Association, and the Southeastern Museum Conference.
“I hope through my work here that I have contributed to the vibrant Chattanooga arts community; I know I have been enriched by the experience.” Simak said.
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There was a dearth of corporate or economic news for traders to digest and an insipid performance on Wall Street gave little direction either.
Most indexes were modestly higher after declining Monday on weak Chinese trade figures that reignited fears of a deeper slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy.
Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose slightly, remaining at just above $101 a barrel.
The dollar gained against the euro and fell against the yen.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Inventories and jobs news are the subjects of today's government economic data.
The Commerce Department releases its report on wholesale trade inventories for January this morning. December's report showed businesses increased stockpiles at the slowest pace since last summer. The 0.5 percent December increase followed healthy gains of 1 percent in November and 1.1 percent in October.
Also this morning, the Labor Department releases its job openings and labor turnover survey for January.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The job outlook is looking up for the second quarter.
ManpowerGroup's quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey of employers' intentions to increase or trim back their workforce found a net increase of 13 percent.
The workforce solutions company says 19 percent of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed anticipate increasing staff levels. ManpowerGroup's Chris Layden says it's "the strongest second-quarter hiring intention since the second quarter of 2008." And Layden says expected staff reductions of four percent were the lowest in the survey's history.
Layden says the survey found a positive outlook in all 13 industry sectors, especially engineering and technology. He says the survey found that "95 percent of employers were having difficulty finding engineers."
According to Layden, the survey shows nationwide growth and "points to a little steadier job market."
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank governor has said Beijing might finish the process of easing controls on interest rates within two years and market forces will set the pace for use of its tightly controlled currency abroad.
Zhou Xiaochuan spoke at a news conference during the annual meeting of China's legislature, at which communist leaders have announced plans to make the economy more market-oriented and productive.
The central banker said ending controls on rates paid by banks to savers would be the last step in easing interest rate controls. He said he expects that to come in one to two years.
Zhou said the central bank wants market forces to determine the pace at which China's yuan is used for international trade and investment.
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The tax total reported Monday by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million worth of recreational pot was sold. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
The state legalized pot in 2012, but the commercial sale of marijuana didn't begin until January. Washington state sales begin in the coming months.
The taxes come from 12.9 percent sales taxes and 15 percent excise taxes. Voters approved the pot taxes last year. The first $40 million of the excise tax must go to school construction.
Colorado has about 160 state-licensed recreational marijuana stores, though not all were open in January.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange that recently collapsed in Japan has filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection to shield itself from a lawsuit seeking to repay thousands of people whose digital currency is now missing.
The U.S. filing made in Dallas late Sunday supplements a bankruptcy petition that Mt. Gox submitted in Japan at the end of last month.
Mt. Gox was once the world's largest exchange specializing in bitcoins, but now finds itself in a financial mess after losing about 850,000 bitcoins valued at $473 million, according to court documents.
Although it's based in Tokyo, Mt. Gox is opening a bankruptcy case in the U.S. in an attempt to delay a recent federal lawsuit filed in Illinois on behalf of all U.S. residents burned by the exchange's abrupt demise.
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DuPont also says uncertain farming conditions may affect its results. The company did not quantify the effect of those factors.
FactSet says analysts expect DuPont & Co. to earn $1.68 per share in the first quarter.
For the full year, DuPont says those factors will be canceled out by greater global industrial production, lower agricultural expenses, and the execution of its business plan. The Wilmington, Del., company is still forecasting adjusted income of $4.20 to $4.45 per share.
Analysts expect $4.33 per share, on average.
Shares of DuPont rose 11 cents to $67.35 on Monday, then slipped 69 cents in after-hours trading.
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