Pratt faculty and alumni awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowships
Melissa Dubbin, Foundation Guest Instructor; Aaron S. Davidson, Foundation Adjunct Associate Professor-CCE; Lisa Corinne Davis, BFA ’80; and Maria Gaspar, BFA ’02 were all awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowships.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 scholarships this year, selected from nearly 2,500 applicants. Annual grants support up to one year of work, allowing recipients to devote more time to their activities. Recipients are chosen based on their past professional accomplishments and potential for future success. This year’s fellows represent 51 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields.
Foundation faculty members Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson have been working on objects, experiences, and images as a collaborative duo since 1998. Their practice uses a variety of materials to study biological and mechanical transformations, particularly in relationships between environment and technology. Often their work involves different states of matter, such as sound, light, air and time. Their “Making a Record (Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald)” (2009-14), for example, used styluses made of precious stones to engrave four lathe-cut discs, meditating on the memories contained in the geological objects and sharing this transmission. time by sound. Their work at this year’s Biennale of Sydney involves forms in glass, computing and robotics to explore the idea of the cloud as both a natural entity and data storage.
Dubbin is a graduate of SciencesPo’s Master of Experimentation in Art and Politics (SPEAP) program in Paris and earned a BA in Moving Image Arts from Santa Fe College. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and an MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Their work has been exhibited at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis, the Living Art Museum in Reykjavík, the SculptureCenter in New York and the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway and has been covered by the New York Times, Cabinet Magazineand the New Yorker.
Lisa Corinne Davis, BFA ’80, is an artist whose paintings and works on paper involve complex layers of color and shape that evoke the structures and stories of maps. She describes this “inventive geography” as expressing the complex links between “race, culture and history”. After earning her undergraduate degree at Pratt, she earned an MFA from Hunter College. His solo exhibitions have included shows at the June Kelly Gallery, the Gerald Peters Gallery and the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Victoria and Albert. Museum. She was also featured in the flagship exhibition of 2015 Representing: 200 Years of African-American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is a long-time art educator, including at Yale University School of Art and currently at Hunter College as a professor, co-director of the MFA program, and head of painting.
The interdisciplinary art created by Maria Gaspar, BFA ’02, uses installation, sound, performance and sculpture to consider issues of social justice, particularly related to incarceration. For example, the 2012-16 96 acre project presented a series of community art projects involving performance, video and sound to examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, while the Radioactive: Stories from Beyond the Wall communicates experiences within the prison through radio broadcasts and visual projections. After his undergraduate studies at Pratt, Gaspar earned an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, San José Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Jack Shainman Gallery. She is Associate Professor of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Learn more about Guggenheim Fellowships 2022.