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Three Bard College Faculty Members Win Celebrated Guggenheim Fellowships

Luca Buvoli, Lothar Osterburg, and Nancy Shaver Are Awarded for Work in Fine Arts

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Three Bard College faculty members—Luca Buvoli, adjunct faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts; Lothar Osterburg, visiting associate professor in studio art; and Nancy Shaver, faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts—are among the 180 winners of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s 86th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Buvoli, Osterburg, and Shaver were awarded Guggenheim fellowships for their work in fine arts. 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.
Buvoli, Osterburg, and Shaver bring the number of Bard faculty members who have received Guggenheim fellowships to more than 35. Some previous recipients from the 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.
Luca Buvoli, adjunct faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in sculpture, works with animated film and video, installation, sculpture, drawing, and artist’s books. His solo shows include ICA, Philadelphia (2007); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2001); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2000); Mythopoeia: Projects by Matthew Barney, Luca Buvoli, and Matthew Ritchie, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (1999); Austin Museum of Art (2000); Santa Monica Museum of Art (1996); Queens Museum of Art (2001); Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina (2003); Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2003); John Weber Gallery, New York (1995, 1997, 1999), and Susan Inglett Gallery, New York (2009). His group shows include Venice Biennale (2007); second Johannesburg Biennale (1997); Greater New York 2000 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens; Contemplating the Void at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and a large outdoor project at the  Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, as part of the show Utopia Matters. His animated films and videos have been shown at Museum of Modern Art (2004); Lincoln Center (1998); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1997); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1998), among other places. Buvoli’s sculptures are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and other institutions around the world. Articles on his works have appeared in the New York Times, Flash Art, Art on Paper, Art in America, ARTnews, and others. He has been the recipient of grants and awards from New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation; and residencies at the McDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation. He was a 1988–89 Fulbright Fellow.
Lothar Osterburg, visiting associate professor of studio arts, received a diploma with excellence from Hochschule für bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany. He works as sculptor, photographer, and animation filmmaker, and is a master printer in etching and photogravure. Osterburg was artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Liguria Studies Center, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. His work has been shown in numerous international solo and group exhibitions including the Fitchburg Museum of Art, Moeller Fine Art, and in recent solo shows at Lesley Heller Gallery in New York and the 3rd Print Biennial at ICPNA in Lima, Peru. Awards include two NYFA grants and an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010. His work is in the collections of the New York Public Library, Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts Museum Houston, Fitchburg Art Museum, and Chazen Museum of Art, in Madison, Wisconsin. He has taught at Columbia University, the Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, and the Lacoste School of the Arts, France.
Nancy Shaver, faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in sculpture, received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Her work has been shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions at venues including Curt Marcus Gallery and Feature in New York, Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, and Galerie Montenay in Paris. She is represented in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Douglas S. Cramer Foundation, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Progressive Corporation, and her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Frieze, the New Yorker, and Time Out New York. She has been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and an Anonymous Was a Woman grant in 2008.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted more than $281 million in fellowships to more than 16,900 individuals since its establishment in 1925. Scores of Nobel, Pulitzer, and other prize-winners 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 2010 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 05-05-2010