VCU Graduate Wins 2008 “Genius” Grant!

Tara Donovan, native of New York City and recipient of an M.F.A. from VCU, was recently awarded the MacArthur “genius” grant.  This award provides $500,000 over five years for the work of people demonstrating “exceptional creativity and promise,” and was awarded to 25 people this year, eight of which work in the arts.  Other recipients include a violinist, a music critic, a neurobiologist, an experimental plant evolution geneticist and a medical historian, just to name a few.

Donovan, a sculptor and installation artist, is known for her work with everyday, disposable objects like drinking straws, styrofoam cups and masking tape.  Her massive structures transcend their utilitarian origins to become abstracted images that allude to landscape, clouds, and even cellular structures.  According to Donovan, her work is not intended to simulate nature specifically, but rather to mimick the way things grow.

For more information concerning the MacArthur grant and its recipients, visit www.macfound.org. (Any quotes above came from the MacArthur site.)

made from styrofoam cups and hot glue

made from styrofoam cups and hot glue

stacked drinking straws

stacked drinking straws

paper plates

paper plates

One Response to “VCU Graduate Wins 2008 “Genius” Grant!”

  1. Tech Vina Says:

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