Fitting for April, prestigious awards, fellowships and nominations are raining down on SVA faculty and alumni.
Frank Holliday (BFA 1980 Fine Arts) has been named a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim fellow in Creative Arts. Known as a neo–Abstract Expressionist painter, Holliday also recently received grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Tahir Karmali (MPS Digital Photography) has been named one of five artists to win the 2015 Contemporary African Photography Awards. Jua Kali, Karmali’s winning series, features images of individuals from the Jua Kali region of Nairobi, an area known for its self-taught artists who use recycled and found objects in their artwork.
Two members of the SVA community have earned 2015 Emmy nominations for their work on Sesame Street. Jesse Averna (BFA 2008 Film and Video) has been nominated for Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing and MFA Visual Narrative faculty member Ed Valentine for Outstanding Writing in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series. This is Valentine’s fourth nomination and Averna’s fifth.
In addition, BFA Illustration faculty member Mickey Duzyj‘s (BFA Illustration 2004) Putt-Putt Perfection, a short film focusing on a man’s record-breaking round of perfect minature golf, has been nominated in the Emmys category of Outstanding New Approaches-Sports Programming-Short Form.
Image: Untitled photo by Tahir Karmali.