Walk on Water Performance, Queens Museum, New York, 2019.

Guadalupé Maravilla, assistant professor in the VCUarts Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, has been selected for the prestigious fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Maravilla creates performances, drawings, videos, and sculptures that examine both his story of displacement as a Salvadoran American immigrant, as well as the shifting landscapes and settlements of indigenous peoples. He has previously been the recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Dedalus Foundation Grant and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Award.

Earlier this year, he was also awarded a grant from the MAP Fund for his performance 3 Twelves (12/12/12), to be held at Knockdown Center in New York.

Maravilla has exhibited his work at major international venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, MARTE in El Salvador, and Central America Biennial X in Costa Rica. He was recently interviewed during the Distinguished Artist program at the annual College Art Association of America Conference in New York in February 2019.

Maravilla is helping VCUarts lead global creative practices at the top-ranked academic institution located in Richmond, Virginia. Students at VCUarts are taught by world-renowned scholars like Guadalupé Maravilla and have dedicated studio spaces, international travel opportunities, and learn and collaborate with visiting artists.

Richmond is the thriving and affordable capital of Virginia, located in the number one state in the U.S. to do business according to CNBC (2019), with easy access to arts communities such as D.C. and New York.

For more information about creative daring at VCUarts, visit arts.vcu.edu/creative-daring.

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