Professor Dennis Adams Named Guggenheim Fellow

POSTED ON: April 6, 2018

Adams performing as André Malraux in “Malraux’s Shoes”

Adams performing as André Malraux in “Malraux’s Shoes”

Professor Dennis Adams was recently named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. For nearly 100 years, The Guggenheim Fellowship program has recognized artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers who demonstrate excellence in their field. Previous recipients include writer James Baldwin, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, choreographer Martha Graham, sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and Nobel-prize winning scientist James Watson.

Professor Adams was one of 173 fellows selected in this year’s class from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. He has previously received three Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984, 1988, and 1995; the Manhattan Borough President’s Award (David Dinkins) for Excellence in the Arts in 1986; the DAAD Fellowship, Berliner Künstlerprogramm in 1989, and the Lily Auchincloss Fellowship, from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004.





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