Members of the SVA community recently earned two MacArthur grants, an ArtPrize Award, and a major appointment at the Hirshhorn Museum.
Sasha Friedlander (MFA 2011 Social Documentary Film) received a $200,000 MacArthur grant for her film Mudflow, which she is co-directing with Cynthia Wade. In addition, MFA Social Documentary Film lecturer Bernardo Ruiz was also awarded $200,000 from the MacArthur Foundation for his latest documentary project on forensic anthropology.
MFA Fine Arts faculty member Gianni Jetzer was recently named curator at large of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Jetzer’s appointment is part of a larger plan to reposition the museum internationally. Melissa Chiu, the Hishhorn’s new director, created Jetzer’s curator at large role as a means of tapping into exciting developments both in New York and elsewhere.
Alumnus Julie Schenkelberg (MFA 2011 Fine Arts) won a $20,000 ArtPrize Award for her installation “Symptomatic Constant.” The piece, which she describes as “a shipwreck in the Midwest,” includes a sail from a Lake Michigan boat and combines household elements—such as china, chairs and tattered books—with twisted metal, heavy concrete, and tool-made marks such as drilled holes and chain-sawed slashes. Schenkelberg’s work often explores personal history through the juxtaposition of domestic and industrial materials.