Princeton Hodder Fellow Mark Thomas Gibson has been awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts for his paintings, inspired by comics that provide commentary on American history and explore Black representation from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The actor and director Robert De Niro has underwritten Gibson’s fellowship in honor of his father, the painter Robert De Niro Sr., a 1968 Guggenheim Fellow.
The announcement was made on April 7 by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation who approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 180 exceptional individuals. Chosen from a rigorous application and peer review process out of almost 2500 applicants, these successful applicants were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.
In addition, 2018-20 Princeton Arts Fellow César Alvarez received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama & Performance Art and recent Program in Creative Writing Visiting Lecturer Maaza Mengiste received a Fellowship in Fiction. Current Princeton faculty in other fields who received Guggenheim’s this year are Associate Professor of History Katja Guenther, Professor of English Esther Schor, Professor of Mathematics Manjul Bhargava, and Professor of Religion Judith Weisenfeld.
In all, 51 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 81 different academic institutions, 31 states and the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from 33 to 75. Close to 60 Fellows have no full-time college or university affiliation. Many Fellows’ projects directly respond to issues like climate change, pandemics, Russia, feminism, identity, and racism.