Guggenheims Awarded to Gulati and Allen

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In 2013, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 173 Fellowships to artists, scholars and scientists in all fields.

Twelve VCU professors and alumni have received Guggenheim Fellowships since 2002, including past recipients Brian Ulrich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography & Film (2009); Elizabeth King, Professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media (2002); Teresita Fernandez (2003) and Bonnie Collura (2005), both alumni of the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media; Hilary Wilder, Assistant Professor in the Department of Painting + Printmaking (2006); Michael Jones McKean, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media (2010); Corin Hewitt, Assistant Professor of Sculpture + Extended Media (2011); and Stephen Vitiello, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinetic Imaging (2011); Kathleen Graber, assistant professor of English (2012); and David Wojahn, professor of English (2003);.

This year, for the second time, VCUarts has received two Guggenheim grants. Congratulations to VCUarts faculty, Sonali Gulati and Siemon Allen for their 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships.

Associate Professor in Photography & Film, Sonali Gulati, received her Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in Film & Video. Her most recent film, “I Am,” has won 12 awards internationally and is still being shown. Gulati grew up in New Delhi, India, and her latest work explores what it’s like to come out as gay in her home country.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture + Extended Media, Siemon Allen, was awarded his Guggenheim Fellowship for his work in Fine Arts. Allen will spend a year archiving South African music, much of which he says has been destroyed or forgotten during decades of political instability. A native of South Africa, Allen focuses on the visual elements of what he refers to as audio artifacts, documenting record labels and album covers. He incorporates the visuals in large-scale installations.

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.


June 11, 2013