Three Bay Area artists are among the recipients of the coveted 2016 John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."
The winners join this year's class of 23 fellows whom the foundation has recognized for exceptional work in a variety of creative fields. Each fellow receives a stipend of $625,000, which will be disbursed over the course of five years. The gift aims to support each recipient in furthering their work.
“While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope," MacArthur President Julia Stasch said the foundation's award announcement. "They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all.”
The Bay Area fellows have channeled that creativity into work that has been lauded nationwide.