Kelli Connell Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography
Columbia College Chicago is pleased to announce Kelli Connell, Professor and Graduate Program Director of Columbia’s Photography Department, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2022.
Connell, who has been teaching at Columbia since 2007, was recognized for this fellowship for her latest project, “Pictures for Charis,” as well as her on-going project “Double Life,” currently celebrating its 20-year anniversary.
“Having work recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation is a tremendous honor,” said Connell. “I will use the 2022 Fellowship year to continue making work for the project ‘Pictures for Charis.’ I feel a wealth of gratitude for this opportunity, and for everyone who has supported the project along the way.”
“The Guggenheim Fellowship is an incredibly prestigious award that honors extraordinary achievement in the field while acknowledging exceptional capacity for future work,” said Senior Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Music Nate Bakkum. “We congratulate Kelli on this well-earned achievement, we celebrate the brilliant body of photographic work she has produced, and we look forward to the future projects enabled by this fellowship.”
Previously, Connell has been awarded several grants and residencies, among them a MacDowell Fellowship (2012, 2016). Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Microsoft; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary; the Dallas Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Former recipients of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship include Columbia faculty members David Lazar, English and Creative Writing; Dawoud Bey, Photography; Paul D'Amato, Photography; and Jenny Boully, Creative Writing.
This year’s Guggenheim Foundation has awarded Fellowships this year to 180 American and Canadian scientists, scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and writers and artists of all kinds, selected from nearly 2,500 applicants. In all, 51 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 81 different academic institutions, 31 states and the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from 33 to 75. Fellows’ projects directly respond to issues like climate change, pandemics, Russia, feminism, identity, and racism.
Further information about the Fellows may be found on the Foundation’s website, www.gf.org.
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