News Recap: June 19, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies to Close
After 42 years of operation, the intensive training program for documentary writers, photographers, and radio producers, is scheduled to close in September. The school cites declining enrollment and lack of funding as its primary reasons for closure, and alumni say that while they are saddened, they are not surprised, as the school has not progressed with the times. Salt officials are currently working to digitally preserve the tremendous archive of work produced by its students since 1973.
Read the full story (Portland Press Herald)

Art Collector Launches Program to Place More Women Artists in Museums
Known as a collector of art by women, Valeria Napoleone has announced the launching of Valeria Napoleone XX, an initiative to equalize the representation of men and women artists in museum collections. In London, where Napoleonne lives, Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society will make an annual donation of one significant work of art by a living female artist to a UK-based museum. A different museum will be selected each year. In New York, Valeria Napoleone XX Sculpture Center will sponsor one major commission every 12 to 18 months for the Long Island City nonprofit museum. 
Read the full story (ARTnews)

Photographer and Model Seriously Injured in Explosion During a Photo Shoot
Using a junkyard as a location for a photo shoot, photographer Helmut Montoya placed lit candles inside of a car as part of the set. The candles ignited gas fumes, engulfing the model in flames. Montoya attempted to smother the flames with his body and suffered burns to his hands and face. The model has suffered burns over 75 percent of her body.
Read the full story (Local 10)