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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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The price of crude oil rose $1.27 to $81.80 a barrel in New York.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Earnings gains from General Motors, 3M and other big companies are driving stocks sharply higher in early trading.
GM rose 2 percent after reporting that its third-quarter profit doubled thanks to big earnings from SUV and truck sales.
Caterpillar, 3M and Southwest Airlines also gained after reporting earnings that pleased investors. AT&T lost 2 percent after its results fell short of analysts' forecasts.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 19 points, or 1 percent, to 1,946 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Thursday.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 200 points, or 1.2 percent, to 16,659. The Nasdaq composite rose 41 points, or 1 percent, to 4,424.
Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.26 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam.
The Labor Department says applications rose 17,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 283,000. That is the sixth straight week below 300,000. Applications have fallen 19 percent in the past year.
The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 3,000 to 281,000, the lowest in 14 years. As a percentage of the working population, applications are near their lowest levels since the early 1970s.
Applications are a proxy for layoffs. Their unusually low level suggests that employers are confident enough to hold onto workers and may step up hiring.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid increase in September after no gain in the previous month.
The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators rose 0.8 percent last month following a flat reading in August which originally had been reported as a small 0.2 percent gain.
Economists expect that continuing strong gains in employment should boost incomes and help support solid economic growth in the United States in coming quarters despite a weaker outlook overseas.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. mortgage rates continued to slide this week, raising prospects of a wave of consumers refinancing their loans. The 30-year mortgage fell further below 4 percent.
Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan declined to 3.92 percent from 3.97 percent last week. The average rate is at its lowest level since June 2013. It was 4.53 percent in January. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, fell to 3.08 percent from 3.18 percent.
It was the fifth straight week of declines for mortgage rates.
Across the country last week, homeowners and would-be homeowners eager for a bargain rate fired off inquiries to lenders.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Caterpillar's belt tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.
The company has wrestled with a slowing global economy and took a restructuring charge of 9 cents per share during the quarter tied to cost cuts. However, CEO and Chairman Doug Oberhelman said that he is hopeful that economic growth will pick up next year.
Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Illinois, reported third-quarter net income of $1.02 billion, or $1.63 per share, in the three months ending Sept. 30, compared with $951 million, or $1.45 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.
Adjusted to remove restructuring costs, earnings came to $1.72 per share, blowing past Wall Street expectations of $1.33 per share.
Revenue rose slightly to $13.55 billion, also topping the $13.37 billion analysts expected, according to Zacks Investment Research.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Diversified manufacturer 3M's third-quarter net income rose 6 percent on higher revenue across all divisions.
The maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics also narrowed its guidance range.
Net income for the three months ending Sept. 30 after paying preferred dividends totaled $1.3 billion, or $2.02 per share, up from $1.23 billion, or $1.81 per share, last year. Analysts expected $1.96 per share, according to FactSet.
Revenue rose 3 percent to $8.14 billion from $7.92 billion. Analysts expected $8.23 billion. The stronger dollar hurt revenue by about 1 percentage point, the company said.
The St. Paul, Minnesota-based company narrowed its guidance to net income of $7.40 to $7.50 for the year, compared with prior expectations of $7.30 to $7.55. Analysts expected $7.46 per share.
At its industrial unit, which makes auto and aircraft parts, revenue rose 3 percent to $2.8 billion. Revenue from its electronics and energy unit rose nearly 4 percent to $1.5 billion. Safety and graphics revenue rose 1 percent to $1.4 billion and revenue from health care products rose about 5 percent to $1.4 billion. Revenue from consumer products like Scotch tape and Post-its rose 2 percent to $1.2 billion.
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors says its third-quarter profit nearly doubled as strong earnings in North America and China outweighed struggles in Europe and South America.
The automaker posted a net profit of $1.38 billion, or 81 cents per share, from July through September. A year ago, GM made $698 million, or 45 cents per share.
It was the first quarter this year without significant charges for recalls. GM has issued 75 recalls in 2014 covering more than 30 million vehicles, costing the company more than $2.8 billion.
Without $331 million in one-time items, GM would have made 97 cents per share, exceeding Wall Street's expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 95 cents.
Revenue grew 2 percent to $39.25 billion. That also beat expectations of $38.79 billion.
DALLAS (AP) -- More passengers and lower fuel prices are pushing Southwest Airlines to record profits, and the airline expects an even bigger break at the gas pump this winter.
CEO Gary Kelly says the trend toward higher revenue has continued into October, and bookings for November and December look good.
Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that net income rose 27 percent to $329 million , or 48 cents per share, in the July-to-September quarter.
Excluding one-time items such as the falling value of some fuel-hedging contracts, the profit would have been 55 cents per share. On that basis, analysts expected 53 cents per share, according to FactSet.
Revenue rose 5.6 percent to $4.80 billion, a tick better than analysts' forecast of $4.79 billion.
The average one-way fare inched higher -- to $160.74, an increase of $1.35 from last summer. Passengers flew 5.6 percent more miles, and planes carried record loads -- the average flight was 84.4 percent full, an increase from 80.8 percent the year before.
Southwest spent $2.94 per gallon on fuel in the third quarter, down from $3.06 a year earlier. And the discount will grow -- the airline predicted that it will pay between $2.70 and $2.75 per gallon in the fourth quarter.
Fuel spending dropped 4.4 percent in the third quarter, but labor costs rose 7.2 percent.
Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains--not phones
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T says it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The company is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.
The net increases in the July-September quarter included nearly 1.3 million connected devices, such as home-security systems. Cars made up more than 500,000 of that total. On top of those figures, Dallas-based AT&T added 342,000 tablet customers.
Phones are still a lucrative business for wireless carriers, but the rise of tablets and other devices give wireless carriers additional revenue sources.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a hefty tax settlement and more high-speed Internet customers.
The nation's largest cable provider says its net income rose to $2.59 billion, or 99 cents per share. That compares with net income of $1.73 billion, or 65 cents per share, last year. Excluding one-time tax settlement, net income totaled 73 cents per share, beating analyst expectations of 71 cents per share.
Revenue rose 4 percent to $16.79 billion from $16.15 billion last year. Analysts expected $16.8 billion.
Cable hookup revenue rose 5 percent to $11.04 billion, and NBCUniversal revenue rose 1 percent to $5.92 billion.
Comcast is in the midst of a $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable in a deal under regulatory review.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Coca-Cola is naming a new chief marketing officer as the world's biggest soda maker works to boost flat soda sales.
The Atlanta-based company says Marcos De Quinto, a company veteran, will replace Joe Tripodi starting Jan. 1.
The maker of Powerade, Fanta and Diet Coke this week outlined plans to significantly slash costs after reporting disappointing sales for its third quarter.
De Quinto currently heads Coca-Cola's Iberia division and is a vice president of the Europe group. He has also served in marketing roles in countries including Spain and Germany.
Tripodi, who has headed Coca-Cola's marketing for the past seven years, oversaw the launch of Coke's "Open Happiness" campaign.
AIR BAG RECALL
DETROIT (AP) -- Two U.S. senators are calling on U.S. auto safety regulators to immediately issue a nationwide recall for cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts made the call in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who oversees the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The letter delivered Thursday also asks Foxx to encourage automakers to provide free loaner cars if parts aren't available.
Air bag inflators made by Takata can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out in a crash. Safety advocates say the problem has caused four deaths. So far automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles worldwide due to the problem.
But in the U.S. many automakers have limited the recall to high-humidity areas in southern states.
DALLAS (AP) -- The hospital where a man diagnosed with Ebola died and two nurses were infected with the virus says its revenue and patient roles have plummeted.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said in financial statements Wednesday that its revenue fell 25 percent in the first 20 days of October, shortly after Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted with Ebola.
The hospital says emergency room visits have fallen more than 50 percent, and its daily patient census fell 20 percent.
Presbyterian Hospital has been criticized for its initial care of Duncan, who was released after coming to the emergency room Sept. 25 with a fever and other Ebola symptoms. He returned three days later by ambulance and was diagnosed with the disease.
Its two infected nurses were transferred to other hospitals for treatment.
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