Sung Hwan Kim (SMVisS ’03) and Jill Magid (SMVisS ’00) have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced the 184 recipients of its 2021 fellowships, which are awarded to scholars, writers, and artists based on prior achievement. In the Creative Arts category, awardees include Dara Birnbaum, Enrique Chagoya, Michelle Grabner, Sung Hwan Kim, Jesse Krimes, Jill Magid, Helen Molesworth, Chon Noriega, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, Cauleen Smith, Annie Sprinkle, Tourmaline, Christopher Williams, and Jake Yuzna.

Ranging in age from thirty-one to eighty-five, the fellows were selected from a pool of almost three thousand applicants. Together, they represent forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, twenty-eight states and two Canadian provinces, and seventy-three academic institutions. Nearly sixty of the recipients have no full-time academic affiliation.

“A Guggenheim Fellowship has always been meaningful, but this year we know it will be a lifeline for many of the new Fellows at a time of great hardship, a survival tool as well as a creative one, said Edward Hirsch, President of the Foundation. “The work supported by the Fellowship will help us understand more deeply what we are enduring individually and collectively, and it is an honor for the Foundation to help the Fellows do what they were meant to do.”

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted nearly $400 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals.

Sung Hwan Kim recently exhibited his work at daad galerie, Berlin (2018), the 57th Venice Biennale Arte (2017), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea (2017) and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick, UK (2017).

With David Michael DiGregorio he inaugurated Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju, with the operatic theater piece, 피나는 노력으로 한 [A Woman Whose Head Came Out Before Her Name] (2015) and created two radio plays, commissioned by Bayerischer Rundfunk: one from in the room (2010, for which they won the Karl-Sczuka-Förderpreis), and Howl Bowel Owl (2013).

Solo exhibitions include Sung Hwan Kim, CCA Kitakyushu (2016); Life of Always a Mirror, Artsonje Center, Seoul (2014); Sung Hwan Kim, The Tanks at Tate Modern, London (2012); Line Wall, Kunsthalle Basel (2011) and Sung Hwan Kim, From the Commanding Heights…, Queens Museum, New York (2011).

His works were shown in international biennales and film festivals, such as the Gwangju Biennale, Performa, Manifesta, Berlin Biennale, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. He was a fellow at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (2004/2005) and a recipient of Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (2015).

His publications include Talk or Sing (distributed by Artsonje); Ki-da Rilke (distributed by Sternberg Press); and When things are done again (distributed by Tranzitdisplay).

Jill Magid is an adjunct professor in the School of Art at The Cooper Union, was awarded a prestigious 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship yesterday by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This year 184 American and Canadian artists, scholars, scientists, and writers received Fellowships out of the more than 3,000 applicants. Over the Foundation’s nearly century of work, Fellowship recipients have included Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, as well as other internationally recognized awardees.

Honored for her work in film and video, Magid teaches sculpture at Cooper Union. Through her performance-based practice, she has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and different structures of authority, and has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.