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These are MacArthur Foundation’s 12 Female ‘Genius’ Grant Winners for 2016

By September 24, 2016 No Comments

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector.

The MacArthur fellowships, awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for exceptional “originality, insight and potential,” come with a no-strings-attached award of $625,000, distributed over five years.

These are the 2016 female fellows:


Anne Basting, 51
Theater Artist and Educator
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee




Kellie Jones, 57
Art Historian and Curator
Columbia University
New York




Maggie Nelson, 43
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, Calif.



Dianne Newman, 44newman_2016_profile-200
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.



orphan_2016_profile-200Victoria Orphan, 44
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Cal.



Claudia Rankine, 53rankine_2016_profile-200
Yale University
New Haven



redniss_2016_profile-photoLauren Redniss, 42
Artist and Writer
Parsons, the New School for Design
New York



Mary Reid Kelley, 37reidkelley_2016_profile-200
Video Artist
Olivebridge, N.Y.




richardskortum_2016_profile-200Rebecca Richards-Kortum, 52
Rice University



Joyce J. Scott, 67scott_2016_profile-200
Jewelry Maker and Sculptor




stillman_2016_profile-200Sarah Stillman, 32
Long-form Journalist
The New Yorker
New York



Julia Wolfe, 57wolfe_2016_profile-200
New York University
New York




MacArthur is one of the America’s largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.

Credit: All images via John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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