The Heart Is A Lake, 2004, Joan Snyder
Saratoga Springs, NY (September 26, 2007) - Painter Joan Snyder is among the 24 creative professionals working in a wide range of fields who are the recipients of a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, it was announced Tuesday in Chicago.
The MacArthur Fellowship is a five-year grant to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future. It is a "no strings attached" award designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their creative activities in the absence of specific obligations or reporting requirements. There are no limits on age or area of activity. Individuals cannot apply; they must be nominated. Each fellow receives a $500,000 stipend paid in quarterly installments over five years.
Ms. Snyder, who was a Yaddo guest artist in 2004, was cited by the award committee for a body of work demonstrating a “fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials.” The committee commended Ms. Snyder for continually evolving in style and form and said her work “extended the expressive potential of abstract painting and inspired a generation of emerging artists.” Additionally, the committee recognized Ms. Snyder for an ability to produce images that express her personal experiences while at the same time conveying universal and readily understood emotions.
Ms. Snyder received an A.B. (1962) from Douglass College and an M.F.A. (1966) from Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such national venues as the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 2005, the Jewish Museum in New York presented a retrospective of her work.
Similar to Yaddo, the MacArthur Fellows Program, sponsored by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, emphasizes the importance of creative individuals in society. Nominees are reviewed for their achievements, but the fellowship is an investment in a person's originality and potential rather than a reward for past accomplishments. In line with that goal, in 1990 the foundation established an endowed residency at Yaddo to annually support the visits of two creative artists working in any discipline. Sculptor Harry Leigh and writer Andrew Sean Greer most recently held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Residencies at Yaddo.