Two Art Department Faculty Members Awarded 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships

Congratulations to Professor Tetsuya Yamada, who won in Fine Art, and Assistant Professor Pao Houa Her, who won in Photography.
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The Department of Art is pleased to announce that two faculty members have been awarded 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships. Congratulations to Professor Tetsuya Yamada and Assistant Professor Pao Houa Her, who were among the 171 exceptional individuals chosen by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation out of almost 2500 applicants across 48 scholarly disciplines and creative fields. Also among the 2023 Fellows is Kao Kalia Yang, the Department of English's Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence, placing the University of Minnesota among the top ten institutions of higher learning with affiliated Fellows this year, according to Forbes.


Bright warehouse sized art gallery displaying multiple sculptures sitting on the floor and hanging from the ceiling
Tetsuya Yamada, Shallow River, 2022. Installation view. Image courtesy the artist and Midway Contemporary Art. Photo by Caylon Hackwith.

Tetsuya Yamada

Tetsuya Yamada, born in Tokyo, is currently based in Minneapolis. He received his MFA from Alfred University in 1997. He has participated in artist residency programs at the Kohler Arts/Industry in Sheboygan, WI (2002/2009); the Fabric Workshop and Musuem in Philadelphia, PA (2004); and at the European Ceramic Work Center in Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (2010). He is a recipient of the Tiffany Award (2001); the McKnight Fellowship for Ceramic Artists as administered by The Northern Clay Center (2005); the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists as administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2014/2019); the Grand Prize (the highest prize among 25 prizes selected from 1,875 artists from 71 countries) at the Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale in South Korea (2011), and the Guggenheim Fellowship (2023).

To see more of the artist's work, visit Tetsuya Yamada's website or follow him on Instagram @tetsuya___yamada.


A blurred person walks into a gallery entrance with cutouts of large red poppies in front of a grayscale landscape of mountains

Pao Houa Her

Pao Houa Her creates work across multiple genres and technologies of photography to address Hmong identity and related notions of desire and belonging within the Hmong American community. Her holds a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA in Photography from Yale University. She is the recipient of many prestigious fellowships and grants, including two McKnight Visual Arts Fellowships (2022 and 2016), a 2013 Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists, Aperture's 2022/23 Next Step Award, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist’s Initiative Grant. She was also named the Star Tribune's 2022 Artist of the Year. She has exhibited extensively in Minnesota, as well as across the United States, and more recently, in Southeast Asia. Her work was included in the 2022 Whitney Biennial, and in 2022, the Walker Art Center mounted a solo exhibition of her work.

To see more of the artist's work, visit Pao Houa Her's website or follow her on Instagram @paohouaher.

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