The MacArthur Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants in the country. The Fellows Program—started by John and Catherine MacArthur in 1981—awards $625,000 to people excelling in their creative and intellectual fields. Of the twenty-four 2015 MacArthur Fellows announced today, nine are based in New York. From live performances to the written word, here are a few ways that you can get more acquainted with some of their work.
1. Nicole Eisenman — See works by the NYC-based painter in the video profile below.
3. Ben Lerner — The writer is currently a professor at Brooklyn College and has published the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), Angle of Yaw (2006) and Mean Free Path (2010).
6. Basil Twist — See some of the puppetry artist and director's amazing work below.