2014 MacArthur fellows: Genius rewarded

The John D. and Catherin T. MacArthur Foundation annually presents between 20 to 40 “genius grants” to  individuals who show strong potential for creative work across the arts and sciences. Each recipient is awarded $625,000 over the course of five years. Read about the new crop of fellows.

  • MacArthur Foundation names 2014 fellows

    MacArthur Foundation names 2014 fellows

    From poets and playwrights to psychologists and computer scientists, the MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday night unveiled its list of 2014 fellows. Among the 21 fellows is Jennifer Eberhardt, 49, a social psychologist from Stanford University. Eberhardt is heralded by the foundation for her work...

  • Stanford's Jennifer Eberhardt wins MacArthur 'genius' grant

    Stanford's Jennifer Eberhardt wins MacArthur 'genius' grant

    Jennifer Eberhardt is fascinated with objects. It may seem an incongruous fixation for a social psychologist, but it helped the Stanford University associate professor land a spot among the creative and academic elite Wednesday, when the MacArthur Foundation awarded her its "genius" fellowship....

  • MacArthur Fellows: Meet six 'genius grant' winners from the arts

    MacArthur Fellows: Meet six 'genius grant' winners from the arts

    The film director behind "The Act of Killing," the playwright of "The Whale" and the author who wrote the graphic memoir "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" were among the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows announced Tuesday. Six arts figures each will receive the prize, commonly known as a "genius grant,"...

  • Samuel D. Hunter: Playwright of spiritual longing, now a MacArthur 'Genius' fellow

    Samuel D. Hunter: Playwright of spiritual longing, now a MacArthur 'Genius' fellow

    Don’t look now, but a positive trend seems to be developing: A bumper crop of talented American playwrights more interested in artistic expression than commercial validation is being recognized with the most prestigious awards and lucrative fellowships available. Yes, that’s right, playwrights,...

  • 'Act of Killing's' Joshua Oppenheimer wins MacArthur 'genius grant'

    'Act of Killing's' Joshua Oppenheimer wins MacArthur 'genius grant'

    Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of the acclaimed Indonesian genocide documentary “The Act of Killing,” has been named a member of the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows.He joins five other arts figures in receiving the honor, which is commonly known as a “genius grant” and comes with a prize of $625,000.In...

  • Saxophonist Steve Coleman honored with MacArthur 'genius grant'

    Saxophonist Steve Coleman honored with MacArthur 'genius grant'

    Influential saxophonist, composer and educator Steve Coleman has been named as one of the 2014 MacArthur Fellows. In presenting the honor, the MacArthur Foundation praised the 57-year-old Coleman for "infusing iconic spontaneous music idioms with the melodic, rhythmic and structural components...

  • MacArthur Fellows include Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes

    MacArthur Fellows include Alison Bechdel, Terrance Hayes

    Alison Bechdel, the innovative comic artist known for the graphic memoirs “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “Are You My Mother,” is one of 21 MacArthur Fellows named Wednesday. At first Bechdel, currently at an artist residency in Italy, didn’t pick up the phone. There was no message, and when...

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