The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) recently released the names of its 2007 Artists’ Fellowship recipients. Awarded in eight categories, the fellowships provide funding to artists who are selected by peer panels in each discipline. Among the 124 fellows for 2007 were five SVA alumni: in the computer arts category, Melanie Crean (MFA 1998 Computer Art) and Shih Chieh Huang (MFA 2001 Fine Arts); and for sculpture, Peter Dudek (BFA 1978 Fine Arts), Joseph Giannasio (BFA 1992 and MFA 2004 Fine Arts) and Jihyun Park (MFA 2002 Fine Arts). In addition, two alumni served as NYFA panelists: Lane Twitchell (MFA 1995 Illustration as Visual Essay) on the panel for the crafts category, and Alexandra Rutsch (BFA 1991 Fine Arts) on the panel for printmaking/drawing/artists’ books.
In other big awards news, Kate Gilmore (MFA 2002 Fine Arts) has won one of this year’s Rome Prizes from the American Academy in Rome. Gilmore was chosen for the John Armstrong Chaloner/Jacob H. Lazarus-Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize, which will provide a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for her to work in Rome, Italy.