Two VCUarts associate professors, Corin Hewitt and Stephen Vitiello, have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
Hewitt, from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media, and Vitiello, from the Department of Kinetic Imaging, have joined seven of their colleagues as recipients of the award.
The fellowship is awarded to artists who have already demonstrated exceptional work in their craft. Only a few hundred of the thousands of applications received by the foundation earn a fellowship.
A Guggenheim Fellowship grants money to recipients for a period of six to 12 months with the intent to allow creative freedom without monetary constraints.
Hewitt also received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, another prestigious award for painters and sculptors that demonstrate the cultural necessity of both forms. He has shown his work in New York City, Seattle, Norway and Sweden.
Vitiello is an electronic musician and sounds artist whose work has been showcased in Sydney, London, New York City and Paris. He plans to use the money he receives to build his own studio and travel to Ireland.