The New York City-based John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has announced the winners of its 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships.
Selected from nearly three thousand applicants on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the hundred and eighty-four fellows include artists, writers, scholars, and scientists working in forty-nine artistic fields and scholarly disciplines. This year's fellows represent seventy-three academic institutions in twenty-eight states and two Canadian provinces and range in age from 31 to 85.
Recipients include art historian Marisa Anne Bass (Yale University), who was awarded an inaugural fellowship in Early Modern Studies underwritten through gifts by five former Guggenheim fellows; Ian Frazier, whose fellowship in creative nonfiction is underwritten by Wendy Belzberg and Strauss Zelnick in honor of the writer Stacy Schiff, a 1996 fellow; Amalia D. Kessler (Stanford University), whose fellowship in constitutional studies is underwritten by the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation; John A. Rogers (Northwestern University), whose fellowship in engineering is underwritten by Anthony Roberts; and painter Peter B. Williams, whose fellowship in fine arts is underwritten by Robert De Niro in honor of his father, Robert De Niro, Sr., a painter and a 1968 fellow. A 2019 bequest from the estate of novelist Philip Roth, a Guggenheim Fellow in 1959, provided partial support for the writers in this latest class.
Other fellows include performance artist Sarah Cameron Sunde, mathematician Oscar E. Fernandez (Wellesley College), photographer Michael Jang, writer Tayari Jones (Emory University), choreographer José Ome Navarrete Mazatl, African American Studies scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Princeton University), and poet Connie Voisine (New Mexico State University).
"I am thrilled to announce this new group of Guggenheim Fellows," said Guggenheim Foundation president Edward Hirsch, "especially since this has been a devastating year in so many ways. A Guggenheim Fellowship has always been meaningful, but this year we know it will be a lifeline for many of the new fellows at a time of great hardship, a survival tool as well as a creative one. The work supported by the fellowship will help us understand more deeply what we are enduring individually and collectively, and it is an honor for the foundation to help the fellows do what they were meant to do."