Long Beach City College Professor Coleen Sterritt awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

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Long Beach City College Professor Coleen Sterritt

Long Beach City College Professor Coleen Sterritt

Long Beach City College Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator Coleen Sterritt has been awarded the highly prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 2016.

She was recognized in the field of Fine Arts for her prior exceptional achievement as a sculptor as well as her promise in future accomplishment.

“We are extremely proud to have one of our talented faculty members recognized with this tremendous honor,” said LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “We congratulate Coleen on this achievement, which will serve as an inspiration to our students and faculty.”

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants awarded for six to 12 months to help provide fellows with the time needed to work with as much creative freedom as possible.

This year the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 175 fellowships (including three joint fellowships) to 178 scholars, artists and scientists on April 5. The candidates were chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 in the United States and Canada. Sterritt was one of just 23 recipients who were awarded in the Fine Arts.

“To be honored for your prior achievement and future promise by your peers is a major accomplishment,” Sterritt said. “I am absolutely thrilled and very honored to be that my work has been noted by this award.”

The Foundation has been awarding fellowships since 1925. Fellows are chosen based on recommendations from distinguished practitioners in the competition fields.

Sterritt said that during her fellowship, which begins later this year, she plans to spend the year working on a sculpting process called “direct burnout casting,” which she has not yet explored.

Sterritt has been sculpting for nearly 40 years. Her sculptures and drawings have been shown in exhibits throughout the United States and Europe, and her work is held in both public and private collections.

Sterritt has previously received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; Art Matters Inc., in New York; the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts; and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

She joined LBCC in 1996 and has been a professor and faculty coordinator of the sculpture program since 1998.

“It’s our belief in the visual and media arts department that to be an effective educator of studio art that we need to be practicing artists, and that [experience] goes directly into the classroom,” Sterritt said.

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