Three artists among 2018 MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ recipients

Artist and curator Julie Ault, painter Titus Kaphar and filmmaker and performance artist Wu Tsang are among the 25 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation’s ‘Genius’ Grants. Awarded annually to citizens of the US, it rewards ‘talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction’. Each fellow will receive an unrestricted grant of $625,000 (approx. £480,000), paid over the course of five years.

Cecilia Conrad, managing director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, commented on the winners: ‘Working in diverse fields, from the arts and sciences to public health and civil liberties, these twenty-five MacArthur Fellows are solving long-standing scientific and mathematical problems, pushing art forms into new and emerging territories, and addressing the urgent needs of under-resourced communities.’

The full list of 2018 fellows are:

Matthew Aucoin, Composer and Conductor, New York

Julie Ault, Artist and Curator, New York

William J. Barber II, Pastor and Social Justice Advocate, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Clifford Brangwynne, Biophysical Engineer, Princeton, New Jersey

Natalie Diaz, Poet, Tempe, Arizona

Livia S. Eberlin, Analytical Chemist, Austin, Texas

Deborah Estrin, Computer Scientist, New York

Amy Finkelstein, Health Economist, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Gregg Gonsalves, Epidemiologist and Global Health Advocate, New Haven, Connecticut

Vijay Gupta, Violinist and Social Justice Advocate, Los Angeles

Becca Heller, Human Rights Lawyer, New York

Raj Jayadev, Community Organizer, San Jose, California

Titus Kaphar, Painter, New Haven, Connecticut

John Keene, Writer, Newark, New Jersey

Kelly Link, Fiction Writer, Northampton, Massachusetts

Dominique Morisseau, Playwright, New York

Okwui Okpokwasili, Choreographer and Performer, New York

Kristina Olson, Psychologist, Seattle

Lisa Parks, Media Scholar, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Rebecca Sandefur, Sociologist and Legal Scholar, Urbana, Illinois

Allan Sly, Mathematician, Princeton, New Jersey

Sarah T. Stewart, Planetary Scientist, Davis, California

Wu Tsang, Filmmaker and Performance Artist, New York

Doris Tsao, Neuroscientist, Pasadena, California

5 October 2018

Ken Ward Jr., Investigative Journalist, Charleston, West Virginia