Artists Sue De Beer, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Jazz Great Wayne Shorter (BS ’56) Named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows

Artists Sue De Beer and Lyle Ashton Harris have been awarded 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships. This year’s 175 recipients were chosen from nearly 3,000 applicants in the United States and Canada.

Sue De Beer, associate professor of art, works in the mediums of film and installation, sculpture, and photography.  Her work has been the subject of solo shows at various leading arts spaces around the world, including Kunst Werke, Berlin; the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; the MuHKA Museum in Antwerp; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles; and the Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Artist Lyle Ashton Harris, associate professor of art, is known for his work in video, photography and performance. His work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva. He has received numerous awards for his photography, which has appeared The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and Vibe.


Wayne Shorter (BS ’56), jazz saxophonist, composer, and Steinhardt alumnus also received a Guggenheim fellowship.  Shorter has been awarded ten Grammy Awards including the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from NYU.

“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 always 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.”