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Department of Art's Carmen Winant receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Carmen Winant, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Endowed Chair of Studio Art and associate professor in the Department of Art, has received a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography.

This year, Winant joins a diverse group of 168 artists, scientists and scholars to receive the prestigious honor, which is "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise." The 2019 fellows were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fifth competition.

"I'm so tremendously honored and awed to receive this fellowship, alongside other creative practitioners and social scientists, many of whom have inspired me for a long time," Winant said.

"I plan to apply the funding to a series of projects in the coming year — a book, a curated exhibition, a series of public projects — all of which center in and around notions of feminist utopia and the potential of radical optimism. I'm immensely grateful to my colleagues at Ohio State and in the Department of Art for providing me the support, resources and community to conceive of such a research project in the first place." 

Winant is an artist, writer and former Dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, Maine. She has participated in exhibitions at he Museum of Modern Art (including 2018's acclaimed My Birth), the Sculpture Center (NY), the Wexner Center for the Arts, MoCA Cleveland and the Columbus Museum of Art. Winant has also curated a performative lecture series, titled "Practice," at COR&P (Columbus), 356 Mission (LA), MoMA PS1 and Regina Rex (NY). She has published two artists books, My Life as a Man (Horses Think Press) and My Birth (ITI Press and SPBH Editions), and is currently working on an experimental book about the nature of practice.