Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Crystal Bridges Museum Spotlights Overlooked Artists
The Bentonville, Ark., institution searched outside traditional art hubs for new painters, sculptors, video artists

September 12, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

The whole (art) world is watching. Since November 2013—when the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced it was scouring the country for artists who have been overlooked or underappreciated by major contemporary museums and galleries—curators, collectors and critics have been wondering what the institution built with Wal-Mart money would turn up. They'll find out on Sept. 13, when "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" takes over 19,000 square feet of the Bentonville, Ark., museum.

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Big Dreams at the Art Factory
Mass MoCA Prepares to Expand

August 24, 2014  •  The New York Times

North Adams, Mass. — The word that Joseph C. Thompson had been waiting for finally arrived on Aug. 8: Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts had signed a $1.4 billion capital facilities bond bill. Inside was a $25.4 million earmark for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which gave Mr. Thompson, the museum's director, funds to start the last phase of an effort he helped hatch nearly three decades ago: transforming an abandoned 19th-century factory complex into a destination arts center that could help revive the struggling economy of North Adams.

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Ralph Rucci's Serene Rooftop Refuge
NYC fashion designer Ralph Rucci turned a penthouse terrace into his personal Eden

September 2104  •  Traditional Home

When fashion designer Ralph Rucci saw the terrace of an empty apartment on New York City's Upper East Side some 13 years ago, he melted. He had asked his real estate agent to find him a place downtown, in the East Village. He was annoyed that instead she brought him to an 18th-floor penthouse just four blocks from his old place on Park Avenue. "I walked in—it was bare white walls—and then I went outside and saw the terrace, and I said, 'This is it.'  "

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The Write of Way
Inspired by the East End, Authors Tell What Moves and Motivates Them

August 8-14, 2014  •  Hamptons Magazine

HOLLY PETERSON

Holly Peterson only published her second novel, "The Idea of Him," in April, but she is already deep into writing her third: It's a murder mystery set in the Hamptons, which makes perfect sense, since she has been spending time here since she was 10 and knows the scene very well. "The culture is very sexy, very athletic," she says. "It's varied and it brings so many people together; it's perfect for social satire."

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Logging On
A Connecticut Artisan Revives The Art of Faux Bois

July-August 2-14  •  Traditional Home

There's a touch of irony in the career trajectory of Michael Fogg. He started out a dozen years ago as a cabinet-maker, crafting and installing wooden bookshelves, cupboards and carvings. But he found the competition stiff and the road to success steep. Then one day he came across a magazine article about Carlos Cortes, a San Antonio-based maker of concrete "faux bois" furniture that looks and feels like wood. Fogg taught himself the craft, partly by watching videos on the web, and in 2012 made it his main occupation.

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