Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 by Brenda Tucker
Chris Sollars, SUV Rub, 2008
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the results of its 89th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Sollars’s Fellowship was awarded in the creative arts category, with fine arts as the designated field of study.
The Foundation awarded 180 fellowships to artists, scientists, and scholars selected from a group of some 3,000 applicants.
About Chris Sollars
Based in San Francisco, Chris Sollars's work revolves around the reclamation and subversion of public space through urban interventions, the results of which are integrated into mixed-media video installations.
He is director and curator of 667Shotwell, a noncommercial residential space for artists to do experimental work, which he started in 2001 during the wake of disappearing San Francisco art spaces.
Sollars's work is in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, and Miami Art Museum. Articles and reviews about the artist have appeared in the New York Times; Art Net; Time Out New York; BlackBook magazine; Contemporary magazine; NY Arts Magazine; CameraWork; and Flash Art.
Among the artist’s awards: a 2002 Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award; a 2007 Alternative Exposure Grant; a 2007 Eureka Fellowship Award; and a 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Grant.
Sollars recently completed C RED BLUE J, an experimental documentary feature that uses his family, including his sister who works for the Bush Administration, his born-again Christian father, and his lesbian mother to illustrate the complications of division during the 2004 presidential election.
He earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Bard College.
About the Guggenheim Fellowship Program
Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, the Foundation has sought from its inception to "add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding," as the Senator explained. Since its establishment the Foundation has granted over $281 million in fellowships to more than 16,900 individuals; many of them have gone on to win Nobel, Pulitzer, and other prestigious prizes.
The purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide awardees with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, and fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.