The 2008 MacArthur Fellows have been announced.
Quoting from the Foundation's website: "Each year, the The MacArthur Foundation selects between 20-30 recipients for the five-year, $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship."
"Past recipients have been writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, farmers, and fishermen, among many others."
"All were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future. Each received a phone call from the MacArthur Foundation with news of $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years."
This year, two of the Fellows are Artists. One is Fiber Artist Mary Jackson, and the other is Sculptor Tara Donovan.
When I was reading the announcement in yesterday's Boston Globe, and I saw the words "Fiber Artist," and "Sculptor," it warmed my heart.
And, a nice treat for anyone living or visiting the Boston area, Tara Donovan is having her own "survey" (or museum exhibition) at the Institute of Contemporary Art, in Boston Massachusett, from October 10, 2008 - January 4, 2009.
Quoting the ICA's website: "For over a decade, American sculptor Tara Donovan has transformed huge volumes of everyday items into stunning works of phenomenal impact. Layered, piled, or clustered with an almost viral repetition, these products assume forms that both evoke natural systems and seem to defy the laws of nature."
I'm looking forward to seeing this exhibit.