The 2015 MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Foundation recently announced the names of 24 people who are the recipients of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship which is also known as the Genius Grant.


Each recipient is awarded a $625,000 prize which is paid out in quarterly installments over 5 years.

One of this year’s recipients is The Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Ta-Nehisi Coates recently released his memoir Between The World and Me and it was recently announced that he would write a New Black Panther series for Marvel Comics.

Another recipient is LaToya Ruby Frazier, an Assistant Professor of Photography at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

LaToya Ruby Frazier is a photographer and video artist who uses visual autobiographies to capture social inequality and historical change in the postindustrial age. Informed by documentary practices from the turn of the last century, Frazier explores identities of place, race, and family in work that is a hybrid of self-portraiture and social narrative. The crumbling landscape of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a once-thriving steel town, forms the backdrop of her images, which make manifest both the environmental and infrastructural decay caused by postindustrial decline and the lives of those who continue—largely by necessity—to live amongst it.

You can read more about LaToya at the New York Times which featured her last year in an article titled LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Notion of Family and check out her website.

Other recipients include an Education Entrepreneur, a Tap Dancer and Choreographer, a Playwright, Composer and Performer, a Stem Cell Biologist and a Set Designer.

You can read about all of the recipients at the MacArthur Foundation website and congrats to all the recipients.

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