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The works to be raffled--for 0 per ticket to benefit the school--are in a show running from Apr. 27 that is called "50/50: 50 Artists from 50 Years of Skowhegan." It features works by one member of Skowhegan's guest faculty from each of the 50 years, including everyone from Richard Artschwager and Robert Gober to Joel Shapiro and Kiki Smith. The raffle is held on the evening of the Skowhegan benefit dinner, hosted by Bill Cosby and J. Skowhegan award winners are Leo Castelli, Paul Mellon and the National Endowment for the Arts (to be accepted by Jane Alexander), all cited for long-term commitment to the arts.This year is the centennial of North American automobile manufacturing, says the Detroit Institute of Arts, which ought to know, and on the occasion DIA has mounted a show of 75 photographs by Detroit's car photographers.What channel will it be on, say in Lower Manhattan, you might ask? But be assured that when they're ready for you to watch they'll come and get you. At the dinner Skowhegan presents its annual art awards, which this year come with a 22- inch-tall bronze designed by Tom Otterness.On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, Skowhegan, the summer residency program for visual artists in Skowhegan, Maine, is mounting a raffle at Pace Wildenstein. Titled Visionary, the work features three figures holding sphere on top of which stands the figure of a woman who holds her own head high above her body.Among the feature articles in the debut appearance are a profile of performance artist Anna Deveare Smith, a story about NEA's emergency grant support to Oklahoma City following the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Murrah Federal Building (for exhibitions designed to promote "healing" as well as design charettes around rebuilding downtown) and a piece by Jonathan Tasini, president of the National Writer's Union. We think that Tasini has a vision, like many copyright holders, of charging a small fee to every person who looks at his writing over the Internet.From our point of view, of course, Tasini should pay us to read his words.Jon Kessler, artist, New York City; assistant professor of art, Columbia University: sculpture.
Paul Kaiser, interactive artist, New York City; president, Riverbed Media: interactive art.There should be a cash machine built into all home computers and every time you click on one of his boring articles a dollar should come out. In the meantime, Tasini's piece does include a useful digest of those online companies like Net Bill, First Virtual and Cybercash that are scheming to make the Web a financially remunerative space.The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced those lucky winners of its 1996 fellowships, a total of 158 artists, scholars and scientists who receive an average grant of more than ,000.Jessica Stockholder, artist, Brooklyn, New York: sculpture, painting, and installation art. Stanley Whitney, artist, New York City; professor of painting and drawing, Tyler School of Art, Temple University: painting. Approximately 60 works by artists who worked with Virginia Zabriskie during her more than 35 years as an art dealer will be featured, including Pat Adams, Enrico Donati, Mary Frank, Lee Friedlander, Paul Strand, Man Ray, Elie Nadelman, Timothy Woodman, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Richard Stankiewicz. According to the New York Times, protests by American wine buyers have led to the withdrawal of portrait by Balthus of "a languorous girl of indeterminate age" from the label of the 1993 vintage of Mouton- Rothschild's grand cru de Pauillac.Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship, artist, Waban, Massachusetts: painting. For more info go to the Guggenheim Foundation's own site: Zabriskie Gallery is mounting an exhibition (Apr. (Zabriskie herself has suffered from dystonia for many years; the neurological disorder, first identified in 1911, results in sustained involuntary muscle spasms in one or more parts of the body.) Works are to be sold without reserve; sales will be tax deductible subject to IRS regulations (consult your accountant! Supposedly the label (not the wine) could incite child abuse. Other artists who have decorated the Rothschild Bordeaux have included Dali, Braque, Chagall and Warhol. With million in capitalization from everybody from Time Warner and J. Morgan to Museum of Modern Art president Agnes Gund, the new network boasts that it will reach three million households with a diet of "performance and documentary style programming on the full range of arts--theater, dance, opera, jazz, classical music, literature and the visual arts--seven days a week, 20 hours a day (7 a.m.The 1963 opalescent dark blue car, donated by Jaguar Cars, goes on view Apr. And a wish-list of about 10 more, says chief architecture and design curator Terence Riley.