Andrea Dutton, left, and Lynda Barry, right, are 2019 MacArthur Fellows. Photos courtesy MacArthur Foundation.
From Chazen Director Amy Gilman
I join the Chazen Museum of Art staff in congratulating Lynda Barry
, associate professor in the department of art; and Andrea Dutton
, visiting associate professor in the department of geoscience on becoming MacArthur Fellows. When I saw the news this morning, I was immediately struck by how the MacArthur selections reflect our university’s trajectory. The University of Wisconsin–Madison fosters world-class research and achievement across all disciplines, and is ranked among the best in the world. It seems more than a coincidence that an artist and a climate scientist should represent the UW. It’s emblematic of a growing recognition that the future is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
As the director of an art museum, and the stepdaughter of a climate scientist, I am particularly alive to the serendipity of the choice of an artist and a scientist representing UW and their fields in this amazing award.
Creativity and inquiry are the foundations of research, whether in climate science or the visual arts. The MacArthur Foundation’s president John Palfrey said it best: “…MacArthur Fellows demonstrate the power of individual creativity to reframe old problems, spur reflection, create new knowledge, and better the world for everyone. They give us reason for hope, and they inspire us all to follow our own creative instincts.”
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