Alumni Sandow Birk ('89) is the recipient of 2014 USA Fellowship Award. He is one of 34 artists nominated and selected from a variety of creative fields to receive the award this year. Birk has also received grants or fellowships from the NEA, Guggenheim Foundation, J.Paul Getty Foundation, City of Los Angeles (COLA), and Smithsonian Institution. A Fulbright Fellow to Rio de Janeiro in 1997, the artist has also been Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. His most recent project is a consideration of the Qur’an as relevant to contemporary life in America, single-handedly creating a hand-transcribed and illuminated manuscript of the entire holy text in English. Birk is represented by the Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, and P.P.O.W Gallery in New York City.