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MFA Fine Arts Faculty Chitra Ganesh & Marc Robinson Awarded Princeton Fellowships

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MFA Fine Arts Faculty Chitra Ganesh and Marc Robinson were recently announced as two of the five Princeton Hodder Fellows.

Hodder Fellows may be writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have, as the program outlines, “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts.” Artists from anywhere may apply in the early fall each year for the following academic year. Past Hodder Fellows have included poet Michael Dickman, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, playwright Will Eno, choreographer Nora Chipaumire, and composer and lyricist Michael Friedman.

Chitra Ganesh graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics, and received her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2002. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts, and most recently the Juncture fellowship in Arts and Human Rights at the Yale University Law School. Her drawing-based practice brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power typically absent from canons of literature and art. Her wall installations, comics, charcoal drawings, and mixed media works on paper often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. For over a decade, Ganesh’s work has been widely exhibited both locally and internationally and is held in prominent public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, and Museum of Modern Art. She is one of five artists whose work is currently on view through January 22 as part of the Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition, “Contemporary Stories: Revisiting South Asian Narratives.” During the fellowship year, Ganesh will pursue work on a multi-part feminist science fiction print project.

Marc Andre Robinson works in sculpture, drawing, and video that revolve around a psychology of historical, cultural, and familial belonging. His work has been presented nationally by the Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Art and Design New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, and internationally by Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. His awards include an Art Matters grant to travel to South Africa in 2010 and residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Rocktower in Kingston, Jamaica. Born in Los Angeles, Robinson studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. He lives and works in Brooklyn and currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University. With the Hodder fellowship, Robinson will integrate 3D scanning and modeling technology into his studio practice with a focus on creating outdoor works. In addition to creating new work, Hodder Fellows may engage in lectures, readings, performances, exhibitions and other events at the Lewis Center for the Arts, most of which are free and open to the public.

You can read more about the other fellows here.

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