Lauren Redniss (MFA 2000 Illustration as Visual Essay) received a 2012 John S. Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts for her general nonfiction project Thunder and Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future (Random House, forthcoming 2014). Redniss is the author of numerous books including Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for nonfiction. Her writings and illustrations also have appeared in The New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History and Assistant Professor of Illustration at Parsons the New School for Design.
Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are unrestricted grants awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program is designed to provide Fellows with time and resource to devote to completing their creative and scholarly projects. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Foundation receives nearly 4,000 applications each year, from which approximately 220 Fellowships are awarded.
To learn more about the Guggenheim Fellowship, visit its website.
Image: Photo of Lauren Redniss from her website.