News MacArthur ‘genius grants’ awarded to seven New Yorkers By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org Updated September 22, 2016 12:45 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Seven New Yorkers joined the long list of artists, scientists and other Americans who have been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation with “genius grants.” The nonprofit announced this year’s winners of its annual fellowship program Wednesday night, which recognizes people “for their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields.” “They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all,” MacArthur Foundation president Julia Stasch said in a statement. The winners, who are chosen in secret by the organization, will receive a $625,000 grant. Last year, “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda was named a fellow. This year, the foundation bestowed the honor to fellow playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (pictured above). The 31-year-old won the Pulitzer Prize for drama this year for his play “Gloria.” Here are the other six winners from New York City: Subhash Khot Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArth Subhash Khot: Khot, 38, works as the Silver professor of computer science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and a leading researcher in theoretical computer science. His theory, the Unique Games Conjecture, led to new theorems in geometry. Claudia Rankine Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArth / John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Claudia Rankine: The 52-year-old poet published five collections of her work which received critical acclaim. The poems are reflections about the state of American society, race and culture in the 21st century. Lauren Redniss Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArth / John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Lauren Redniss: Redniss is currently the assistant professor of illustration, School of Art, Media, and Technology at the Parsons School of Design. The 42-year-old's novels, "Century Girl" and "Thunder and Lightning," received critical acclaim. Julia Wolfe Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArth / Stephanie Diani Julia Wolfe: The 57-year-old composer has created works that mix various musical genres. Her 2014 piece "Anthracite Fields" presented oral histories and sounds related to the coal mining region of Pennsylvania. Sarah Stillman Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArth / John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Sarah Stillman: Stillman, 32, has been a staffer at The New Yorker since 2013 and written several long-form articles on the criminal justice system. Her 2016 piece "The List," chronicled cases of children who were placed on sex offender lists. Kellie Jones Photo Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArth / John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Kellie Jones: The 51-year-old art historian has worked for years to bring a bigger spotlight on black history. In 2014, her Brooklyn Museum exhibit "Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties" displayed over 100 works of artists who fought for equality in that decade. By Ivan Pereira email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.