Artist and faculty member Jeanne Silverthorne was just named a recipient of the 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship Awards in the field of Fine Arts by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. This year’s fellowships were granted to 173 people from a pool of over 3,ooo applicants working in a broad range of scholarly and artistic disciplines.
Silverthorne’s profile page on the Guggenheim Foundation website presents the following description of her artistic practice:
Jeanne Silverthorne (New York) is a sculptor whose process is almost invariably one of modeling in clay, making a mold and then casting in platinum silicone rubber. Her practice involves an archaeology of collapse and entropy. Since the early 1990’s, she has been excavating the conceptual and physical ruins of the studio whose outmoded infrastructure and lost artifacts, art forms, actions and people produce a contemporary vanitas. Unearthing what has been buried in the rubble, bringing the concealed to light suggests “deep storage” and many works address what is invisible or packed away. Since 2007 she has been making a functional rubber crate for every sculpture.
Solo exhibitions include the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of Art, Rocca Paolinea, Perugia, P.S. 1, New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and a mid-career survey at the Wright Museum, as well as numerous solo shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Verona, Seoul, and Ireland. She has been featured in a wide range of museum exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Museum, the Albright-Knox Museum, the ICA Boston, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Deste Foundation, Athens, among others.
Her work is in the collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, FNAC (Fondation Nationale d’Art Contemporaine), France, Denver Museum, Denver, Colorado, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, RISDI Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, Leeum.Samsung Museum, Korea, Sheldon Museum, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii.
The following excerpt from the foundation’s press release provides some additional background on the award:
Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted more than $350 million in Fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are scores of Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, poets laureate, members of the various national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and other important, internationally recognized honors.
The Guggenheim Fellowship program remains a significant source of support for artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers. New and continuing donations from friends, Trustees, former Fellows, and other foundations have ensured that the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation will be able to continue its historic mission.