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.
More Business News
Last Update on January 23, 2015 18:19 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More Americans purchased homes in December, yet total sales slipped in 2014 as first-time buyers struggled to find houses.
The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million. But over the course of the entire year, sales fell 3.1 percent to 4.93 million.
Only 29 percent of sales went to first-time buyers last month, compared to a historic average of 40 percent. Prospective buyers were priced out of the market due to rising home values and relatively stagnant incomes. Still, affordability has improved in recent months as mortgage rates have plunged, leading to the possibility of stronger sales in 2015.
Median home prices increased 6 percent over the past 12 months to $209,500.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy posted a fourth straight solid gain in December.
The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators increased 0.5 percent in December after a revised gain of 0.4 percent in November. The index also posted solid gains in September and October after a flat reading in August.
The December increase reflected strength in a number of components of the index. Conference Board economists said this suggested the economy was gaining momentum at the end of last year.
ATLANTIC CITY-WALL STREET
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Wall Street is giving a big thumbs-down to New Jersey's effort to tame Atlantic City's finances.
Moody's Investors Service on Friday lowered Atlantic City's bond rating by six steps, from Ba1 to Caa1, which is deep into junk territory.
The move came a day after Gov. Chris Christie appointed corporate turnaround specialist Kevin Lavin as the city's emergency manager and Kevyn Orr, who helped Detroit through its bankruptcy filing, as his assistant.
Christie's executive order appointing the pair indicates a bankruptcy filing is possible to help reduce the city's debt, which Moody's calculated at $397 million.
The agency cited an increased risk of default, and "a rapid, dramatic change" in New Jersey's longstanding policy of preventing a default or bankruptcy of any of its local governments.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- General Electric Co. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.15 billion.
The Fairfield, Connecticut-based company said it had profit of 51 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and to account for discontinued operations, were 56 cents per share.
The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share.
The industrial conglomerate posted revenue of $42 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Analysts expected $42.4 billion, according to Zacks.
GE shares have fallen nearly 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat. The stock has decreased almost 7 percent in the last 12 months.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The huge cost of ensuring timely deliveries cost UPS during the holidays and the shipping company is now cutting its outlook for the year.
The Atlanta company hired more workers and boosted capacity at its facilities during the busy holiday season to avoid a repeat of 2013, when shippers struggled with a deluge of orders.
UPS Inc. now expects 2014 earnings of $4.75 per share, down from its previous forecast of between $4.90 and $5 per share. Industry analysts had been looking for earnings of $4.96 per share, according to FactSet. For the fourth quarter, UPS expects earnings of $1.25 per share, well below the $1.47 per share analysts had projected.
DETROIT (AP) -- Ford says it will take an $800 million charge in the fourth quarter because of exchange rate problems between the Venezuelan bolivar and the U.S. dollar.
The company says the charge will cut fourth-quarter net income by $700 million, after deferred tax benefits. But the automaker still expects a full-year pretax profit of $6 billion when it reports 2014 earnings Thursday.
In October, Ford cut its full-year pretax profit forecast to $6 billion. That's down from $8.6 billion in 2013.
Ford says in a regulatory filing that the company can no longer exchange bolivars to dollars due to Venezuelan currency exchange controls. The company says the controls have limited auto parts availability and have cut into normal production. But Ford says it will continue operations there for the foreseeable future.
DETROIT (AP) -- Goodyear is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in the tread during endurance testing.
The move has forced General Motors Co. to stop selling about 6,300 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave models until the tires are replaced.
The recall covers 18-inch Fortera HL tires made from Nov. 30 through Jan. 10. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says the problem hasn't caused any crashes.
About 32,100 of the tires were made for the GM SUVs, which are produced at a factory near Lansing, Michigan. Another 16,400 were sold as replacement tires.
GM says the 18-inch tires are on about 30 percent of vehicles made at the plant, and the problem has not affected production.
Owners can have the tires replaced for free at any Goodyear store or authorized dealer.
Deere to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Iowa, Illinois
Deere is laying off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and will sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker adjusts to demand for its products.
The Moline, Illinois, company also says it is adding 220 jobs at construction and forestry factories in Iowa. It plans to fill nearly all those positions with workers were laid off at agricultural equipment factories last year.
The latest indefinite layoffs will be at sites that build agricultural equipment.
Employees laid off until summer work at the company's seeding and cylinder factory in Moline. That location is going on an extended inventory adjustment shutdown.
Deere & Co. is the world's biggest farm equipment supplier. It employs about 29,000 in the United States and Canada.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Union membership in the U.S. is down slightly, making up just over 11 percent of the workforce last year.
That's a drop of 0.2 percentage points from the year before.
The Labor Department says public-sector workers have the highest union membership rate at nearly 36 percent. That's more than five times higher than membership of private-sector workers at less than 7 percent.
Workers in education, training and library jobs and in protective service jobs have the highest unionization rate, at 35 percent.
Earnings were higher for union members last year, at $970 a week versus $763 a week for non-union members.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the report suggests that with 58 months of consecutive job growth, "workers made great strides and confronted great challenges."
NEW YORK (AP) -- Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash.
The deal adds to Expedia's growing portfolio of websites. The Bellevue, Washington-company already owns nearly a dozen travel sites including Hotels.com, Hotwire and Egencia, the world's fifth-largest corporate travel management company.
Since 2013, Expedia Inc. has been powering Travelocity's U.S. and Canadian websites and providing Travelocity access to Expedia hotel supply and customer service program. So for users, this acquisition will have little noticeable change.
The move allows Sabre to focus more on its back-end system for selling airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals. Sabre is one of three global distribution system companies -- along with Travelport and Amadeus -- that handle sales for travel agencies and online booking sites like Expedia.
NEW YORK (AP) -- GoPro has signed a deal with the NHL to bring its wearable cameras closer to the action on the ice and let viewers see games from the perspective of players and referees.
It's the company's first such deal with a major professional sports league. While GoPro would not comment on whether other partnerships are in the works, they would make sense.
As part of the NHL deal, footage from GoPro cameras on players, referees and placed around the rink will be shown as part of the live broadcast of this weekend's All-Star events.
Later, prerecorded footage from the players will be incorporated into TV broadcasts of hockey games.
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande is calling for investments in green technology as a way to fight both global warming and poverty.
Hollande, who will host the next crucial round of climate talks, called for "huge investment in the green economy" as he and other world leaders kicked off a year of campaigning to clinch twin deals addressing climate change and poverty.
The interconnected themes took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos with urgent calls for nations to support two long-sought deals.
One, slated for talks in September in New York, would establish sustainable development and poverty-cutting goals through 2030.
The other, to be negotiated in December in Paris, would set a legally binding climate pact whose focus is on more near-term emissions cuts from 2020.
Black HistoryCelebrating Black History Month with African American Firsts: Sports Legends
The Good LifeCelebrating the events, adventures and activities that represent "The Good Life" in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
Coats For KidsHelp us keep a child in need warm this winter.
Road TrippinCome Road Trippin' with us and see all the great sites in your area!
Closings and DelaysThese are the latest School and Business Closings reported to NewsChannel 9. If you see errors or need to add a school or business, call 423-757-7320.
This N ThatLearn about the latest in community affairs and great events with Brian Smith on This 'N That.
Educator of the WeekNominate now for Educator Of The Week!
Deaf & Hard of HearingInformation provided to NewsChannel 9 by members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Sponsored EventsCheck Back Often for NewsChannel9 Sponsored Events!