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Fine Arts Alumnae Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Alumnae Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Otis Alumnae and artists Liz Young and Coleen Sterritt were named among the 175 Fellowships awarded today in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's ninety-second competition for the United States and Canada. A diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists were appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise; the successful candidates were chosen from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants. A full list of named Fellows may be found here.

Coleen Sterritt ('79 MFA Fine Arts) is a sculptor that utilizes everything from plaster and tar, pinecones and fishing line, found furniture and studio refuse, she's fashioned a visual language both formal and evocative while exploring sculpture's many possibilities. Her material combinations focus on the interaction between the organic and geometric, balance and imbalance, the intimate and remote with the work acting as a barometer for lived experience.

Sterritt’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Prominent public and private collections include The Museum of Contemporary Art L.A., The Crocker Art Museum, Scripps College Collection, The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Nestlé USA, and The Capitol Group Companies, Los Angeles, New York, & London. Learn more about Sterritt's work at

Liz Young ('84 BFA Fine Arts) is an LA-based artist exploring themes of the body and flesh, the human condition and nature. Often using materials that are recycled, distressed and second-hand, she couples objects with the images that evoke memory and nostalgia. The processes are varied from traditional art practices to handicraft techniques. "I produce new limbs and skin in an effort to make others and myself whole" states Young. "I am also drawn to the themes of both hunting and Americana.  I incorporate imagery and material artifacts that make reference to the West and the American milieu, celebrating the allure and demonstrating the isolation.  Together these themes evoke feelings of loss and an acknowledgement in the process of nature, its beauty and decay." Learn more about Young's work at

Image: 'Honey Pile', 2011 by Coleen Sterritt and 'Bare Tree' 2014 by Liz Young