Eleven Bay Area Artists and Scholars Receive 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships

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Photographer David Maisel at work (Spark/KQED)

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded fellowships to eleven Bay Area artists and scholars this week, which will fund a range of creative projects over the next year.

This year the foundation awarded 173 fellowships to a group of artists, scientists and academics, picked from over 3,000 applications. The amount of the fellowships vary project to project, but since its start in 1925, the program has paid out a total of $360 million. Past recipients include Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Included in this year's winners is David Maisel, who aerial photography was the subject of an episode of KQED's Spark, as well as performance artist Dohee Lee, a vital connector of immigrant and refugee communities whom KQED Arts profiled in a video as well.

Below is a list of local 2018 Guggenheim Fellows, including their medium, their occupation and what they received their fellowship for:

  • Lukas Felzmann, Photographer, San Francisco, California; Lecturer in Art, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University: Photography.
  • Andrew Sean Greer, Writer, San Francisco, California; Executive Director, The Santa Maddalena Foundation: Fiction.
  • Eugene Birman, Composer, Oakland, California; Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University: Music Composition.
  • Dohee Lee, Playwright, Oakland, California: Drama and Performance Art.
  • Rob Jackson, Ecologist and Earth Scientist, Stanford University, Organismic Biology and Ecology
  • Thomas S. Mullaney, Associate Professor of Chinese History, Stanford University: Hot Metal Empire: Type Design, Script, and Colonialism in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • David Maisel, Photographer, Sausalito, California: Photography.
  • Mika Pelo, Composer, Berkeley, California; Associate Professor of Music, University of California, Davis: Music Composition.
  • Meghann Riepenhoff, Photographer, Bainbridge Island, Washington: Photography. (Now San Francisco)
  • Annabeth Rosen, Artist, Davis, California; Professor and Arneson Endowed Chair, Department of Art & Art History, University of California, Davis: Fine Arts.
  • Archana Venkatesan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, University of California, Davis: Poetry Makes the World: The Festival of Recitation at Viṣṇu Temples in Tamil Nadu.

To learn more about the Guggenheim Fellowships, visit the John Simon Guggenheim foundation's website.


Correction: The original version of this story did not list winner Rob Jackson. We apologize for the error.