CalArts' Critical Studies Faculty Maggie Nelson Wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Maggie Nelson, poet, art critic, lyric essayist, nonfiction author and a member of CalArts' School of Critical Studies faculty, was named one of this year's winners of the Guggenheim Fellowship Awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Nelson was among the 180 artists, scholars and scientists selected for the 2010 awards, chosen from a pool of about 3,000 applicants.
The project that Nelson will pursue as a Guggenheim Fellow focuses on the contemporary uses and abuses of cruelty in art, literature, and media.
She has most recently written three books of nonfiction: Bluets; Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions; and The Red Parts: A Memoir. Nelson’s new book, The Art of Cruelty, a work of art criticism, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. The Writing Program faculty member is also the author of several books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes; Jane: A Murder; The Latest Winter; and Shiner.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.