Greenfield Prize Honors Photographer with New Commission

Photographer David Burnett was understandably tongue-tied when he received a phone call a week ago informing him that he had won the 10th Greenfield Prize, the first given in the field of photography. “This is really exciting,” he said by phone to a crowd of Greenfield Prize supporters and donors gathered in a Sarasota penthouse. “I’m speechless. I’ve got to tell you that I’m watching ‘Fences’ right now and enjoying how August Wilson can put words together so beautifully and I’m sorry that I’m not able to do that.” Read the rest here.

Following Our Fellows – April 2015

Alison Hawthorne Deming is among the 175 scientists, artists and scholars from the United States and Canada to receive a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Deming, a professor in the Department of English in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona, will use her one-year fellowship to work on a new book of essays.

Alison Hawthorne Deming is among the 175 scientists, artists and scholars from the United States and Canada to receive a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship Award. Deming, a professor in the Department of English in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona, will use her one-year fellowship to work on a new book of essays.

Playwright and 2009 Greenfield Prize Winner in Drama, Craig Lucas, has been nominated for a Tony Award for writing the Book of the musical “An American in Paris.” We’ll be watching the Tonys on Jun 7 and cheering for Craig.

For the third time, Carson Kreitzer has received a McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting, a $25,000 award given each year to two Minnesota-based playwrights. Carson says she is currently in re-writes for Red Velvet, Blue Glass, a new play commissioned by the Guthrie Theater.

Natasha Trethewey, the 19th US Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, opened the 20th annual Carl Sandburg Festival last month to an audience of more than 200 students, educators and members of the community in Galesburg, Illinois.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of his first professional theater production, playwright Rich Orloff has created the 30@30 Project, an opportunity for anyone to present many of his 30 plays royalty-free from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7, 2015. To learn more and to apply for the 30@30 Project, go to www.richorloff.com.

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