Orange Coast College photography professor Richard Kraft has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. Kraft is the only full-time community college professor to be awarded the prestigious fellowship in 2021, which offers financial support to artists and scholars from a wide range of backgrounds and fields of study.
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually through the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, to support “exceptional individuals in pursuit of scholarship in any field of knowledge and creation in any art form, under the freest possible conditions,” according to the foundation’s website. Fellows are chosen through a rigorous peer-review process.
“For artists, a Guggenheim Fellowship is an extraordinary endorsement,” says Kraft. “In addition to the substantial financial support that comes with the fellowship, it is a recognition for work already made and, crucially, what is still to come.”
The 184 Fellows for 2021 include professors from 73 institutions of higher education, including Ivy League behemoths Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia and Princeton, as well as top-rated research institutions such a University of Chicago, Stanford and University of California, Berkeley. This year’s Fellows range in age from 31-85, and nearly one third are independent working artists with no full-time college or university affiliation.
“A Guggenheim Fellowship has always been meaningful, but this year we know it will be a lifeline for many of the new Fellows at a time of great hardship, a survival tool as well as a creative one,” said Edward Hirsch, president of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Kraft is a British born artist whose multidisciplinary works engage many spheres of inquiry (language, literature, history, and popular culture) and incorporate a variety of media (film, collage, photography, drawing, and performance). This diversity of interests and methods is united in acts of alteration and transformation of the everyday world, and in the exploration of simultaneity, multiplicity and indeterminacy.
Kraft’s work has been widely exhibited at museums, galleries, and university spaces. He is the author of several artist’s books and chapbooks, and the co-editor of “John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse),” “Marcel Broodthaers: My Ogre Book, Shadow Theater, Midnight,” and “Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Photostats.
About Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation’s top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 130 career programs. The college’s 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.