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Two Bard College Faculty Members Win Celebrated Guggenheim Fellowships

Medrie MacPhee and Kelly Reichardt Are Awarded for their Respective Work in
Fine Arts and Film

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Two Bard College faculty members—Medrie MacPhee, the Sherri Burt Hennessey Artist in Residence at Bard, and Kelly Reichardt, visiting assistant professor of film and electronic arts—are among the 180 winners of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s 85th annual competition for the United States and Canada. MacPhee and Reichardt were awarded Guggenheim fellowships for their work in fine arts and film, respectively. This year’s diverse fellowship recipients include writers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, scholars, and scientists selected from more than 3,000 applicants and representing 62 different disciplines. Fellows are chosen on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

MacPhee and Reichardt bring the number of Bard faculty members who have received Guggenheim fellowships to more than 32. Previous recipients from Bard College include Peggy Ahwesh, JoAnne Akalaitas, Peter Hutton, Ann Lauterbach, An-My Lê, Norman Manea, Daniel Mendelsohn, Bradford Morrow, Judy Pfaff, Luc Sante, Stephen Shore, Mona Simpson, and Joan Tower.

Medrie MacPhee has been the Sherri Burt Hennessey Artist in Residence at Bard College since 1997. MacPhee was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has resided in New York City since 1978. She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited in more than 20 solo exhibitions including shows at Michael Steinberg, Paolo Baldacci Gallery, Baldacci-Daverio Gallery, Phillipe Daverio Gallery, and 49th Parallel, all of New York; Stadtische Galerie Haus, Siegen, Germany; the Pari Nadimi Gallery, Linda Generaux Gallery, and Mira Godard Gallery, all of Toronto; Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, B.C; Espace 502 and the Concordia University Art Gallery, Montreal; and has been included in more than 40 group exhibitions. She is represented in various private and public collections in the United States, Canada and Europe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Edmonton Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Confederation Center Art Gallery, Charlottetown; and Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary. She has taught at Columbia University, Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, and Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, the Globe and Mail, and Contemporary Visual Arts.

Kelly Reichardt, a filmmaker, is a visiting assistant professor of film and electronic arts at Bard College. Reichardt received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University. She has had recent screenings at Film Forum, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater, The Ziegfeld Theater, Anthology Film Archives, and Cannes, Sundance, and Venice Film Festivals, among others. She has won the Toronto Film Critics Award (2008), Los Angeles Film Critics Award (2006), and the International Rotterdam VPRO Tiger Award (2006). She has taught at New York University, SUNY Buffalo, Columbia University, and the School of Visual Arts. Her films include River of Grass (1984), Ode (1999), Old Joy (2006), and Wendy and Lucy (2008), which was nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $273 million in fellowships to more than 16,700 individuals since its establishment in 1925. Scores of Nobel, Pulitzer, and other prizewinners appear on the roll of fellows, which includes Ansel Adams, W. H. Auden, Aaron Copland, Martha Graham, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Vladimir Nabokov, Isamu Noguchi, Philip Roth, Derek Walcott, and Eudora Welty. The full list of 2009 fellows may be viewed at
Since 1860, Bard College, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, has maintained a commitment to liberal arts and sciences education. The College offers the bachelor of arts degree with majors in more than 50 academic programs in four divisions: Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies; as well as graduate degrees in fine arts; curatorial studies; the history of the decorative arts, design, and culture; environmental policy; teaching; vocal arts; and conducting. In addition, it offers a dual-degree program in which students receive a B.S. in economics and finance and a B.A. in another academic field. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a dual-degree program earning students a bachelor’s degree in music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard has developed a new vision of the liberal arts college as a central body surrounded by significant institutes and programs that strengthen its curriculum. For more information, visit or e-mail

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This event was last updated on 04-20-2009