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SVA Alumnus Lauren Redniss Awarded a 2016 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

From Los Angeles Times: "Lauren Redniss was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for her nonfiction graphic storytelling, work that is both grounded and distinctly artful. 'Radioactive,' about the relationship between Pierre and Marie Curie and their scientific discoveries, was a finalist for the National Book Award; it was followed by 2015’s 'Thunder and Lightning,' a book that was about the weather and more. Redniss, a professor at Parsons, New School for Design in New York, matches her materials to her subjects in surprising ways. We talked to her by phone.

It seems like you have not shied away from taking risks in your work, but what will this grant mean for you? Can you take bigger risks?

I think so, yes. I think that it blows open the possibilities. I don’t know precisely what that will mean just yet, but already with my current project it gives a new kind of confidence. In my work, I take a lot of oral histories, and I want my work to be as true to those people’s stories, and to be worthy of the trust that they give to me, so any way that I can do a better, stronger version of what I’ve been doing. But who knows! There’s so many ideas through the years that pop into my head, and, you know, I think, that’s totally impossible, I can’t do that. But now: Why not?..." (continue reading)

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