Craig Drennen and Amy Pleasant Are Among 2018 Guggenheim Fellows

Craig Drennen, Double Painter 3
Craig Drennen, Double Painter 3, 2013; graphite, acrylic, oil, alkyd, spray paint on paper, 40 by 80 inches.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced its fellows for 2018. Among the winners are Southerners Craig Drennen of Atlanta, who currently has an exhibition at Hathaway Gallery, and Amy Pleasant of Birmingham, who shows in Atlanta with WhitespaceAlso on the list is Janet Biggs, who was in Atlanta on March 20 to give a talk and visit MFA studios at Georgia State University.

Installation view of Amy Pleasant's exhibition "Writing Pictures" at Whitespace in 2017.
Installation view of Amy Pleasant’s exhibition “Writing Pictures” at Whitespace in 2017.

This year, the foundation has awarded 173 fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists selected from almost 3,000 applications. The fellowships are given on the basis of “prior achievement and exceptional promise.” Winners receive cash grants of varying amounts, which are undisclosed. The average grant is around $45,000.

Fine Art fellows:

Dennis Adams, New York City; Professor, School of Art, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science
Mequitta Ahuja, Baltimore, Maryland
Dave Hullfish Bailey, Van Nuys, California
Janet Biggs, Brooklyn, New York
Phillip Chen, Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Art, Drake University
Julia Christensen, Oberlin, Ohio; Associate Professor of Integrated Media Arts, Oberlin College
Esperanza Cortés, New York City
Craig Drennen, Atlanta, Georgia; Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University
Amy Feldman, Brooklyn, New York
Richard Fleischner, Providence, Rhode Island
Kate Gilmore, Jackson Heights, New York; Associate Professor of Art and Design, Purchase College, SUNY
Todd Gray, Los Angeles, California
Hiroyuki Hamada, East Hampton, New York
Dave Hardy, Brooklyn, New York
Stephen Hayes, Portland, Oregon
Lies Kraal, Venice, California
Elizabeth LaPensée, East Lansing, Michigan; Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University
Chris Larson, St. Paul, Minnesota; Associate Professor of Art, University of Minnesota
Robert L. Lobe, New York City
Nicole Miller, San Diego, California; Acting Associate Professor of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego
Amy Pleasant, Birmingham, Alabama
Annabeth Rosen, Davis, California; Professor and Arneson Endowed Chair, Department of Art & Art History, University of California, Davis:
Margo Sawyer, Austin, Texas; Professor of Sculpture and Extended Media, University of Texas at Austin
David Schutter, Chicago, Illinois; Associate Professor, Department of Visual Art, University of Chicago
Charles Yuen, Brooklyn, New York

Photography fellows:

• Tsar Fedorsky, Gloucester, Massachusetts; Photography Teacher, The Taft School
• Lukas Felzmann, San Francisco, California; Lecturer in Art, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
• Anthony Hernandez, Los Angeles, California
 David Maisel, Sausalito, California
• Pradip Malde, Sewanee, Tennessee; Professor of Art, University of the South
• Rania Matar, Brookline, Massachusetts
• Nicholas Muellner, Los Angeles, California; Associate Professor and CoDirector, Image Text MFA and Press, Ithaca College
• Kristine Potter, Nashville, Tennessee:
• Meghann Riepenhoff, Bainbridge Island, Washington
• Nadia Sablin, New Paltz, New York; Assistant Professor of Art, SUNY New Paltz
 Hank Willis Thomas, Brooklyn, New York
• Ian van Coller, Bozeman, Montana; Associate Professor of Photography, Montana State University

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