Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Three members of the faculty at Amherst College—visiting writers Daniel Hall and Claire Messud and visiting lecturer in English Elisabeth Subrin—find themselves on this year’s list of Guggenheim fellows. They are among the184 artists, scholars and scientists awarded 2002 Fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Hall, who has taught at Amherst since the spring of 2000, began writing in 1979. He received the Great Lakes College Association New Writer Award in 1990, an Ingram Merrill Foundation grant in 1991, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1995 and the Whiting Foundation Award in 1998-99. Hall’s poems, memoirs and book reviews have been published in the National Poetry Series, the Yale Review, Verse and Parnassus. His two books of poetry are Hermit with Landscape (1990, Yale Series of Younger Poets) and Strange Relation (1996, National Poetry Series).
Educated at Yale and Cambridge Universities, Messud has been a member of the Amherst College faculty since 2000. She has published two novels, When the World Was Steady (1994) and The Last Life (1999) and The Hunter: Two Short Novels (2001). When the World Was Steady and The Hunters were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Last Life won Britain’s Encore Award for best second novel. Messud has had fellowships at Syracuse University, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Subrin, a Five College Visiting Assistant Professor of Film/Video Production based at Amherst and Mount Holyoke Colleges from 1997 to 2001, received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She went on to earn an MFA in video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she taught until joining the Five College program. She has screened films at MOMA, the Guggenheim Museum, the Rotterdam and New York Film Festivals, the Pacific Film Archives and the Film Forum, among many others. Her films and videos have won many awards, including the 1998 Los Angeles Film Critic’s Award for Best Experimental Film, as well as the New England Film and Video Festival Award for Best Experimental. Subrin’s films have been shown at the Whitney Biennial 2000, among many other museums and festivals, and her videotape The Fancy had its premiere in 2000 at the New York Video Festival. She will be teaching at Harvard University next year in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.
Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Each fellow receives his or her grant for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months; the average amount of a Fellowship grant in 2001 was approximately $35,931. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.