Early this morning (April 10), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation announced the awarding of the prestigious 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships to 168 scholars, artists and writers. This diverse group of fellows were selected from an applicant pool of nearly 3,000 for the Foundation's 95th competition. Among the list of names were several artists and filmmakers from CalArts.
The awardees were chosen on the "basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise," and include:
- California-based filmmaker Sean Buckelew (Film/Video MFA 14);
- Los Angeles-based filmmaker Mariah Garnett;
- San Francisco-based performance artist, playwright and activist Guillermo Gómez-Peña;
- Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Joseph Martinez;
- Altadena, Calif.-based filmmaker Brigid McCaffrey; and
- Los Angeles-based photographer Catherine Opie.
The fellows' unrestricted six- to 12-month grants allow the artists to work with as much creative freedom as possible.
The Guggenheim Foundation uses a network of several hundred advisers, all of whom are former Guggenheim fellows, to review, critique and rank all the applications in their respective fields. Their recommendations are then forwarded to a selection committee that determines the number of awards issued in each area.
Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $360 million in Fellowships to more than 18,000 artists, writers, performers, musicians and scholars.