David Storey, M.F.A., assistant professor of visual arts and associate director of the department, has received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts.
Storey, an abstract painter, was one of 180 fellows from the United States and Canada chosen from a group of 3,000 applicants. The awards, established in 1925, go to those “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”
The prize will enable Storey to work on a series of large paintings based on similar scales and configurations used in his smaller works, and to complete several series of drawings.
“My work has always sought to bring together elements of imagistic pictorialism and distinctly non-referential abstract construction,” Storey wrote in his statement of plans. “I aim for an artificial, yet credible, naturalism in which the painting or drawing feels comfortably familiar, while delivering the unexpected recognition of the unseen.”
Storey also has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art, among others. He has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions.