Professor Shrosbree Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

The many achievements of art professor Jim Shrosbree were recognized last month by the Guggenheim Foundation, which honored him with a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship. This award is not only a highly prestigious honor, it also comes with a substantial grant that typically allows recipients to focus exclusively on their research or writing or art for six months to a year.

Professor Shrosbree was one of 168 scholars, artists, and writers selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants nationwide. He was one of the 25 who received the award for their work in fine arts. “It’s exceptionally satisfying to name 168 new Guggenheim Fellows,” said Edward Hirsch, president of the Guggenheim Foundation. “These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best.” Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $360 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, poets laureate, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Turing Award, and National Book Award. “This award affords freedom to create, so it is a chance to explore materials and size as well as some travel related to my studio practice.” Professor Shrosbree said. “The benefit naturally spills into the art department and to the university. It stimulates and underlines the value of what is termed research; in an academic setting. That value is that each achievement can open the door for more and greater things to happen both personally and for the community of scholars.” Professor Shrosbree’s sculptures, paintings, and works on paper have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and are included in such collections as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Des Moines Art Center, Mint Museum, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

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