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2013 MacArthur "Genius" Fellows Announced

The MacArthur Foundation today named its 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows, recognizing 24 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.

Photo: Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy of The MacArthur Foundation

Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 (increased from $500,000) paid out over five years. Without stipulations or reporting requirements, the Fellowship provides maximum freedom for recipients to follow their own creative vision.

“This year’s class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity,” said Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program. “They are artists, social innovators, scientists, and humanists who are working to improve the human condition and to preserve and sustain our natural and cultural heritage. Their stories should inspire each of us to consider our own potential to contribute our talents for the betterment of humankind.”

Of the 24 Fellows, 8 are artists -- writers, choreographers, visual artists, and composers -- demonstrating that artists are an integral part of our society. These artists are on par with the scientists, historians, activists, researchers, and others innovators who are exploring the most critical ideas of our time.

Many of the artist Fellows have connections to artist residencies, underscoring the residency field's important work in nurturing our most promising individuals. Jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer is a Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow and recipient of their 2012 Greenfield Prize. Playwright Tarell McCraney was the International Writer in Residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Choreographer Kyle Abraham has been an artist-in-residence at New York Live Arts, among others. Carrie Mae Weems was in-residence at the American Academy in Rome. Today, thousands of artists are in-residence around the world, some of which will be future MacArthur Fellows, and we are proud to support them and their work.

Congratulations to all the 2013 Fellows!


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