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Sculpture Professor John Douglas Powers Named Guggenheim Fellow

John Douglas Powers, an assistant professor of sculpture, has been named a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are grants awarded to scholars, artists, and scientists who have produced exceptional scholarship or creative work.

The title of Powers’ proposal was “Time and Space.”

Douglas Powers' sculpture

“My work primarily takes the form of large kinetic sculpture, and it’s not uncommon that it can take a year to finish a single piece around all my other duties,” Powers said. “My proposal was simply for time to dedicate to my work. The main premise of my proposal was that I make large, complicated objects and was at a place in my career where I could benefit greatly from the time to focus on ambitious new works.”

Powers’ fellowship will allow him to take a year off from teaching to work in the studio.

“The Guggenheim is among the highest honors in the field, so being named as a fellow is simultaneously humbling and exhilarating. I could not be more excited,” he said.

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