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Two Steinhardt Faculty Awarded 2024 Guggenheim Fellowships


A composer and a visual artist are among the 188 individuals from 84 academic institutions who have been awarded the prestigious fellowships.

A genre-busting composer and a multimedia visual artist whose work ranges from site-specific installations to photography are the two NYU Steinhardt faculty awarded 2024 Guggenheim Fellowships.

Steinhardt's Julia Wolfe and Shadi Harouni, along with 186 other scholars and artists, have been selected from more than 3,000 applicants by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for this year’s awards. The 2024 Fellows represent 52 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields and range in age from 28 to 89.

“Humanity faces some profound existential challenges,” said Edward Hirsch, award-winning poet and president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. “The Guggenheim Fellowship is a life-changing recognition. It’s a celebrated investment into the lives and careers of distinguished artists, scholars, scientists, writers, and other cultural visionaries who are meeting these challenges head-on and generating new possibilities and pathways across the broader culture as they do so.”

The 2024 Fellows include scholars, artists, novelists, poets, historians, choreographers, environmentalists, and data scientists. They are engaged in a broad range of issues, including climate change, community, identity, democracy, disability activism, and incarceration. Since its founding in 1925, the foundation has awarded more than $400 million to some 19,000 Fellows.

This year’s NYU Steinhardt Faculty Guggenheim Fellows are:

Shadi Harouni portrait with brick background and openings in walls that let in the light

Shadi Harouni is an assistant professor and head of photography and video in the Department of Art and Art Professions. As an artist and filmmaker, Harouni’s work is centered on histories of dissent, chiefly in the traditional Kurdish homelands, connecting quiet personal acts of resistance to global mass movements. Her art has been exhibited in museums and biennials worldwide. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, the Harpo Foundation in New York, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy.

Julia Wolfe portrait

Julia Wolfe is an internationally renowned composer who is professor of Music Composition and artistic director of Music Composition in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. Wolfe won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music and is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Her most recent compositions include unEarth, commissioned and premiered last June by the New York Philharmonic, and Her Story, a semi-staged work for orchestra and women’s choir. Co-founder of the music collective, Bang on a Can, she has worked with giants of art, theater, and music and her work has been performed around the world.

A complete list of 2024 Guggenheim Fellows may be found on the Guggenheim Foundation’s website.

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