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8 Artists Among the 2011 MacArthur "Genius" Fellows

"The MacArthur Fellows exemplify how individual creativity and talent can spark new insights and ideas in every imaginable field of human endeavor." Robert Gallucci, President of the MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation announced today its 2011 Fellows, who each receive a $500,000 "no strings attached" award. Of the 22 Fellows, 8 are artists, including:

  • Jad Abumrad, creator of "Radiolab" and composer
  •  Jeanne Gang, architect 
  • Francisco Núñez, composer and conductor 
  • Dafnis Prieto, composer and percussionist 
  • Kay Ryan, poet A. E. Stallings, poet and translator 
  • Ubaldo Vitali, silversmith and conservator 
  • Alisa Weilerstein, cellist 

According to the Foundation's press release, the 22 Fellows were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future. "This has been a year of great change and extraordinary challenge, and we are once again reminded of the potential individuals have to make a difference in the world and shape our future," said Robert Gallucci, President of the MacArthur Foundation. "The MacArthur Fellows exemplify how individual creativity and talent can spark new insights and ideas in every imaginable field of human endeavor."

That artists are so prominently included in each year's class of Fellows is testament to the role of artists in tackling some of society's most challenging issues and shaping the human experience.

Congratulations to all the 2011 MacArthur Fellows!

Read more here.