Valencia, CA, April 27, 2007--California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Critical Studies faculty member Steve Erickson has been named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2007. Erickson is one of 189 artists, scholars and scientists selected from a pool of almost 2,800 applicants. The fellowships are awarded to professionals who have demonstrated exceptional ability by publishing a significant body of work in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the creative arts.
Erickson is the author of eight novels and two books about American politics and popular culture that have been published in ten languages. These include Our Ecstatic Days (2005) and Zeroville, to be published in the fall of 2007. He writes about film for Los Angeles magazine, and his work, which has been collected in numerous anthologies, has appeared in publications such as Esquire, Rolling Stone and The New York Times Magazine.
In his seventh year as a teacher in the CalArts MFA Writing Program, Mr. Erickson is editor of its literary magazine Black Clock, which has featured the work of Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Joanna Scott, Richard Powers, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Samuel R. Delany, Greil Marcus, Darcey Steinke, William T. Vollmann and other nationally renowned writers. For more information go to www.SteveErickson.org .
Guggenheim Fellowships are distributed by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, founded in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim.
Decisions on the Fellowship recipients are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors and are approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees, which includes six members who are themselves past Fellows of the Foundation. The Guggenheim Fellowship program considers applications in 78 different fields, from the natural sciences to the creative arts. The new Fellows include writers, playwrights, painters, sculptors, photographers, film makers, choreographers, physical and biological scientists, social scientists, and scholars in the humanities.
CalArts is one of the 77 colleges and universities being represented by the 2007 Fellows.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to arts education through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. The Institute is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA and MFA students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.
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