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2015 MacArthur Fellows Include Nicole Eisenman, LaToya Ruby Frazier

The MacArthur Foundation today announced the group of recipients for their 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. Each fellow will receive a no-strings-attached grant for $625,000, meant to allow “recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.”

Notable winners this year include the painter Nicole Eisenman, the photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, and authors Ben Lerner and Ta-Nehisi Coates. The full list of all twenty-four winners can be found here.

Discussing her win and her art with the New York Times, Eisenman said, “I’d like to tap into a universal human experience but know there’s no such thing; we all experience the world differently. When gender and race are eliminated, something else is left to see; other connections are made between the figures and their worlds.”

Meanwhile, Frazier sat down with NPR and discussed her photography set in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a town that saw hard times with the collapse of the steel industry. “When you can take a strong look at a crisis head-on and be able to understand all the different layers of how this is stratified and how it's structured, it helps you to deal with the loss and the struggle and the pain,” she said. “And it also helps you to create a human document, an archive, an evidence of inequity, of injustice, of things that have been done to working-class people.”