Sculpture + Extended Media Assistant Professor Corin Hewitt and Kinetic Imaging Associate ProfessorStephen Vitiello have been named recipients of the Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the top honors available for artists in the United States. Both Hewitt and Vitiello received the award in the category of Fine Arts, of which there were only 19 in total. With the awards to Hewitt and Vitiello, VCU alumni and professors now have received a combined eight Guggenheim Fellowships since 2002, including seven to artists with connections to the VCU School of the Arts. Previous recipients with VCU ties include Elizabeth King, a professor of sculpture (2002); Teresita Fernandez (2003) and Bonnie Collura (2005), both alumni of the sculpture department; Hillary Wilder, assistant professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking (2006); Michael Jones McKean, assistant professor of sculpture (2010); and David Wojahn, professor of English (2003). The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 fellowships this month to artists, scientists and scholars. The foundation received approximately 3,000 applications for the awards. Fellows receive grants of varying amounts that provide financial support for a period of between six and 12 months. The financial awards are intended to allow fellows to work with as much creative freedom as possible. Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.


August 9, 2011