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Otterbein Art Professor Named Guggenheim Fellow

Otterbein Art Professor Named Guggenheim Fellow


Artist Nicholas A. Hill, a professor at Otterbein University and resident of Granville, was recently awarded a prestigious fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is one of only two recipients from Ohio this year.

Hill is a printmaker and art curator who has exhibited his work internationally. Through his studio work, he explores history, other cultures, and the creative process of the artists living in those cultures. His fellowship will support his travelling to art centers in India, developing new work, and collaborating with craftspeople and artists.

Hill has exhibited his work in over 150 juried and invitational exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Most recently his work has been included in exhibitions in Germany, France, Poland, India and Denmark. His work is represented in such public collections as the Library of Congress, the New-York Historical Society, the United States Department of State and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Previously, Hill has received grants from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), the New York State Council on the Arts, the Kansas Arts Commission and Artists Space-New York City. He has been granted two international residencies in Dresden, Germany, by OAC and GCAC.

The Foundation awarded a total of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists to comprise the class of 2017. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 93rd competition.

“These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best,” said Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation. “Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”

The great variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and accomplishments of Guggenheim Fellows is one of the unique characteristics of the Fellowship program. In all, 49 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 64 different academic institutions, 27 states and the District of Columbia, and three Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from 27 to 79.

Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $350 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors.

The Guggenheim Fellowship program remains a significant source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. New and continuing donations from friends, Trustees, former Fellows, and other foundations have ensured that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation will be able to continue its historic mission. For more information on the Fellows and their projects, please visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.gf.org.