Columbia Affiliates Receive Princeton's Hodder Fellowship

January 30, 2017

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University has announced the selection of five Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Among them are Columbia University Alumna, Chitra Ganesh ‘02 and adjunct faculty member, Marc Andre Robinson.

Marc Andre Robinson works in sculpture, drawing, and video that revolve around a psychology of historical, cultural, and familial belonging. His work has been presented nationally by the Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Art and Design New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, and internationally by Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. His awards include an Art Matters grant to travel to South Africa in 2010 and residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Rocktower in Kingston, Jamaica. With the Hodder fellowship, Robinson will integrate 3D scanning and modeling technology into his studio practice with a focus on creating outdoor works.

Chitra Ganesh has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts, and most recently the Juncture fellowship in Arts and Human Rights at the Yale University Law School. Her drawing-based practice brings to light narrative representations of femininity, sexuality, and power typically absent from canons of literature and art. Her wall installations, comics, charcoal drawings, and mixed media works on paper often take historical and mythic texts as inspiration and points of departure to complicate received ideas of iconic female forms. She is one of five artists whose work is currently on view through January 22 as part of the Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition, “Contemporary Stories: Revisiting South Asian Narratives.” During the fellowship year, Ganesh will pursue work on a multi-part feminist science fiction print project.

Several other recipients who also received the prestigious award this year. Among them are poet Eduardo C. Corral, choreographer Milka Djordjevich, and playwright Dipika Guha.

The Hodder Fellowship was created to provide artists and humanists in the early stages of their careers an opportunity to undertake significant new work. The Fellowship crosses the span of two consecutive years, during which each fellow will be full and active members of the artistic and academic community at Princeton University.

Michael Cadden, chair of the Lewis Center, announced,  “We’re delighted to offer these five extraordinary artists a year of what Mrs. Hodder called ‘studious leisure’ to give them the time required to work on projects that will allow them to develop as artists and win them new audiences.”

In addition to creating new work, Hodder Fellows may also engage in lectures, readings, performances, exhibitions and other events at the Lewis Center for the Arts, most of which are free and open to the public.