The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation annually awards approximately 200 Fellowships from between 3 – 4,000 applications. The Fellowship awards, also deemed as “midcareer awards”, are for men and women with careers and abilities in the arts, sciences, and history.
Former Guggenheim Fellows become advisers who help narrow down the competition by sending their critiques to a Committee of Selection then onto the Board of Trustees. Winners from the United States and Canada competition were announced in early April.
We are proud to have 5 current Guggenheim Fellows within the SUNY family:
As a part of SUNY’s effort to champion new media communication with our community, we are actively working to bolster our multimedia presence. In the coming months, we will revive our YouTube Channel and explore innovative outreach efforts through it. We recognize that the use of cats in our videos is not an effective way to connect with our stakeholders, so we will explore other cool content to highlight, like our enormous alumni base and their accomplishments, our creative, bright and innovative students, and our vibrant community.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s only appropriate that flowers and sweets are on the brain. Sure you can run to the drugstore around the corner and pick up everything you need for the holiday, but where do these things actually come from? Unlike other schools, SUNY campuses have departments and programs dedicated to botany and culinary arts which have prepared students to excel in these fields, as well as being prepared for Valentine’s Day. Below are a few examples that may help kindle those warm feelings.
It was announced in early December that Michael Kors was giving a $1 million gift to his alma mater, the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). The purpose of the donation is to establish a scholarship for a future design student, the lifetime Michael Kors Endowed Scholarship. Although the world-renowned designer did not complete his education, he has nothing but great things to say about his experience there, “I attended FIT in the late ’70′s, and the school provided a totally comprehensive curriculum for fashion design that was unparalleled… I am committed to the school to this day.”
Critics are giving author and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel rave reviews for her latest graphic memoir, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, just released. Hailed as “magnificent,” “inventive,” and “satisfying,” her follow-up to the 2006 Fun Home—which dealt with the death of her father—traces her troubled relationship with her still-living mother.
“I haven’t encountered a book about being an artist, or about the punishing entanglements of mothers and daughters, as engaging, profound or original as this one in a long time. In fact the book made such a deep impression on me that after reading it, I walked around for days seeing little bits and snatches of my life as Alison Bechdel drawings,” reports Katie Roiphe in the New York Times.
Purchase College welcomes Bechdel to campus as the Royal & Shirley Durst Distinguished Lecturer on October 17, 2012.
“The Durst Lectures are an exciting extension of the wide range of offerings at Purchase College that involve writers and writing,” said Louise Yelin, chair of the School of Humanities and a literature professor here. “They complement our extensive curriculum in creative writing, dramatic writing, and journalism. Over the years, they have brought us such distinguished writers as Art Spiegelman, Tony Kushner, and Sharon Olds.”