This week, two major fellowship awards went to SVA alumni. Lorna Simpson (BFA 1982 Photography) was one of 11 people chosen as 2006 Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellows. Each fellow receives $50,000 for work that contributes to the improvement of race relations in American society and furthers the social goals of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court’s landmark school desegregation case. The awards were established in 2004 by Alphonse Fletcher Jr., the founder of Fletcher Asset Management, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision. Along with the award, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles is presenting the first major mid-career survey of Simpson’s work. The exhibition will be at MOCA April 16 – July 10.
Another winner is Zsolt Kadar (BFA 1990 Photography), who is the recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship. Each year, fellows are named by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Kadar works in Los Angeles, where he has been a cameraman on projects ranging from the feature films Garden State and The Thomas Crown Affair to episodes of Desperate Housewives. He is one of 187 artists, scholars and scientists selected by the foundation from almost 3,000 applicants for awards totaling $7,500,000.