Adjunct Professor Jill Magid Named Guggenheim Fellow

POSTED ON: April 9, 2021

Jill Magid. Photo by Paul McGeiver

Jill Magid. Photo by Paul McGeiver

Jill Magid, adjunct professor in the School of Art, was awarded a prestigious 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship yesterday by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This year 184 American and Canadian artists, scholars, scientists, and writers received Fellowships out of the more than 3,000 applicants. Over the Foundation’s nearly century of work, Fellowship recipients have included Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, as well as other internationally recognized awardees. Fellow Cooper School of Art faculty Leslie Hewitt and Dennis Adams were Guggenheim recipients in 2020 and 2018, respectively.

Adler and Halvorson
Amy Adler (left) Josephine Halvorson (right)

Additionally, two alumnae received fellowships: Amy Adler A'89 and Josephine Halvorson A’03.  Halvorson also taught at the School of Art, where, in 2011, her class was recorded during a crit.   

Honored for her work in film and video, Professor Magid teaches sculpture at Cooper Union. Through her performance-based practice, she has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and different structures of authority, and has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. Work featured in her latest solo show, Tender: Balance (opening on April 10 at the Renaissance Society in Chicago) was featured earlier in Cultured magazine.      

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