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Five Current and Former Lewis Center for the Arts Faculty Members Receive 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships———

Deana Lawson, David Rosenberg, Gary Schneider, Brenda Shaughnessy and Colson Whitehead honored


Steve Runk     
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

Colson Whitehead

Lewis Center for the Arts’ Visual Arts faculty member Deana Lawson and Creative Writing faculty member Colson Whitehead, along with former faculty members David Rosenberg, Gary Schneider and Brenda Shaughnessy, have received 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. They are among 175 artists, scientists and scholars chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants to receive awards in the 89th annual competition for the United States and Canada.

A photographer, Lawson was appointed a member of Princeton’s Visual Arts faculty in 2012, having previously taught at California College of Arts, the International Center for Photography, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work was included in New Photography 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as well as group exhibitions at The Studio Museum, Harlem; MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Artists Space, New York; and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta. She has shown at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; Helene Bailly Gallery, Paris; and Light Work Gallery, Syracuse, New York.  Her work has been published in The New Yorker, BOMB, The Collector's Guide to New Art Photography, Photo District News, Time Out New York, Contact Sheet #154, and PQ Journal for Contemporary Photography. Lawson is the recipient of the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, an Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant. She has participated in the Workspace residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Light Work residency in Syracuse, and the Visual Studies Workshop residency in Rochester, New York. Her Guggenheim award is in photography.

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; John Henry Days, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Apex Hides the Hurt, which won the PEN/Oakland award. He has also written a book of essays about his home town, The Colossus of New York. His most recent novel, Sag Harbor, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner. Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's and Granta. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. His Guggenheim award is in fiction.

Rosenberg, a Class of 1932 Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center in 2011-12, is a poet and essayist, biblical scholar and translator, editor and cultural critic whose books on diverse themes, from the movies (The Movie That Changed My Life) to the Garden of Eden (The Lost Book of Paradise, a book-length poem), with a number of his books being named New York Times Notable Book of the Year, with Congregation and The Book of J becoming bestsellers. His translations from the Hebrew Bible are collected in A Literary Bible (2009). His creative nonfiction includes Abraham: The First Historical Biography and An Educated Man: A Dual Biography of Moses and Jesus. Among Rosenberg’s books are several volumes of poetry and translation, including A Poet’s Bible, which won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Prize in 1992, and a literary version of Kabbalah, Dreams of Being Eaten Alive. His work appears in Harper’s, The New Republic, Hudson Review, Paris Review, Chicago Review, and The Nation, among others. Rosenberg is also the editor of five anthologies of commissioned memoir-essays, including Testimony: Contemporary Writers Make the Holocaust Personal.  He has served as senior editor at publishing houses in New York, Toronto, and Tel Aviv; in Philadelphia and Jerusalem, he was editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society.  His Guggenheim award is in the General Nonfiction category.

Schneider’s work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Musee de L’Elysee in Switzerland, The National Gallery of Canada, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and The Art Institute of Chicago.  His “Genetic Self-Portrait” installation, completed in 1998, was originally exhibited in the U.S. at the Santa Barbara Museum, Mass MoCA, and The International Center of Photography, and at The Musee de L’Elysee, and received an Eisenstadt award.  In 2004 “Gary Schneider: Portraits,” was mounted at the Sackler Museum at Harvard University.  His “Nudes” was published by Aperture as a book and exhibited at Aperture Gallery in 2005-06 and included in “The Naked Portrait” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland.  In 2008 “Flesh: The Portraiture of Gary Schneider” was exhibited at The Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego and in 2009 “Gary Schneider: Life @ Life Size” was exhibited at the Contemporary Art Galleries at the University of Connecticut.  In addition to Princeton, Schneider has taught at The International Center of Photography in New York; The Cooper Union; The School of Visual Arts Graduate Program; The International Center of Photography/Bard Graduate School; and Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate School; as well as serving as Artist in Residence at Stony Brook University, NY.

A recent Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton, Shaughnessy is the author of two books of poetry. The most recent, Human Dark with Sugar, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critic’s Circle Award and winner of the 2007 James Laughlin Award. Her first book, Interior with Sudden Joy, was a finalist for the PSA's Norma Farber First Book Award, the PEN/Joyce C. Osterweil Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Her third collection was published in 2012 by Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She was a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University and recipient of a 2010-11 Howard Fellowship from Brown University. She has also served as Poetry Editor of Tin House Magazine. Her Guggenheim award is in poetry.

In addition D. Graham Burnett, a Professor in Princeton’s Department of History, received an award in the category of History of Science, Technology, & Economics.

Fellows are chosen each year on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.  In announcing the 2013 Fellows, Guggenheim President Edward Hirsch noted, “It’s exciting to name 175 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has always bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

Since its establishment, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted over $306 million in Fellowships to more than 17,500 individuals.

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Photo caption: Colson Whitehead, one of four current and recent Lewis Center for the Arts faculty members to receive 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Colson Whitehead

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