Photographer and UAlbany art professor Phylis Galembo has snagged a prestigious 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.
For more than two decades, Galembo has traveled to Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti to photograph the visually stunning costumes worn by traditional priests and priestesses, carnival masqueraders, dancers and Haitian vodou practitioners. Art in America praised her combination of a “careful, almost ethnographic observation with a deep sense of mystical wonder,” and The New York Times has noted the “dignity, conviction, and formal power” in her work.
In its ninetieth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 177 Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, Galembo and the other fellowship recipients were selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants.
The Guggenheim Fellowship was established in 1925 to “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding and the appreciation of beauty,” and Galembo has joined an elite group of scholars, scientists and artists that includes dozens of Nobel Laureates, poet laureates, and Pulitzer Prize-winners.