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Two artists with Antioch College ties win prestigious Guggenheim award

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — June 28, 2012 — Two of the 181 scholars, artists, and scientists to receive the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships have connections to Antioch College: Antioch alumna Wendy Ewald ’74, a conceptual artist and educator of significant international acclaim, and Charles Fairbanks, newly hired assistant professor of visual art.

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions.

The successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

Wendy Ewald photoWendy Ewald, artist-in-residence at the Duke University Center for International Studies, is a conceptual artist and educator who has for forty years collaborated in art projects with children, families, women, and teachers worldwide. Ewald began her early career working with students in rural Kentucky during 1975–1982. While making films exploring Appalachian themes, Elizabeth Barret worked with Ewald at the Kingdom Come School, one of the last one-room schools in Kentucky. The photographs and writing resulting from those years was collected in the book Portraits and Dreams, published in 1985. In 1992, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

During the Guggenheim Fellowship period, Ewald and Barret are leading a creative collaboration in photography and media titled Portraits and Dreams: A Revisitation. The Guggenheim website also hosts excerpts from the documentation for Portraits and Dreams: A Revisitation. To view more of Wendy Ewald’s work, visit the Duke University Center for International Studies website.

Charles Fairbanks photoCharles Fairbanks is a wrestler, filmmaker, and Quaker. His recent work focuses on Lucha Libre in Mexico, where the artist fights as the One-Eyed Cat with a camera built into his mask. Fairbanks grew up in rural Nebraska and wrestled at Stanford, where he studied Art and the History of Science. In 2010 he received his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, Werner Herzog selected him for the first Rogue Film School, and in 2011 Anthology Film Archives hosted Tender Muscles, a retrospective of Fairbanks’ five short films. His new work is emerging through collaboration with an indigenous Zoque community in rural Chiapas. To view more of Charles Fairbanks’ work, visit

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is authorized by the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to grant the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.