2023 Guggenheim Fellowships Go to Artists Kapwani Kiwanga, Martine Syms, Pamela Council, and More

MAXIMILÍANO DURÓN, ARTnews, April 7, 2023

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced this week the 171 scholars and artists who were awarded its acclaimed 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships. This year’s class includes some of today’s most closely watched artists.


Awarded in 48 disciplines (broken into four umbrella categories of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts), the winners were chosen from a pool of nearly 2,500 applicants. In a statement, Guggenheim Foundation president Edward Hirsch said, “The new class of Fellows has followed their calling to enhance all of our lives, to provide greater human knowledge and deeper understanding. We’re lucky to look to them to bring us into the future.”


Among the winners in the fine arts category are Pamela Council, Jamal Cyrus, Kapwani Kiwanga, Diane Severin Nguyen, Tammy Nguyen, Samantha Nye, Evita Tezeno, and Lavar Munroe, whose representation with Chicago’s Monique Meloche Gallery was announced in tandem with the fellowship news. Additionally, Munroe’s fellowship is underwritten by actor Robert De Niro, whose father Robert De Niro Sr. was a 1968 Guggenheim fellow; this fellowship succeeds the earlier Robert De Niro Sr. Prize, which was last awarded in 2019.


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