Twin Cities-based choreographer Emily Johnson, an Alaska native whose work is marked by intelligence, subtlety and striking imagery, has won a Guggenheim fellowship, the New York-based foundation has announced.
Johnson is one of approximately 200 creative artists, natural scientists and humanities scholars to land the prestigious mid-career honor out of approximately 4,000 applicants.
Guggenheim winners get varying amount of funding, which helps to support their work over a period of six months to a year.
Johnson, who has performed at Walker Art Center and Northrop, among other venues, is one of several Twin Cities-connected winners.
Writer Paul Lisicky, whose books include “Lawnboy,” “Famous Builder” and “The Narrow Door,” is published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press. Poet Sally Keith, also a Guggenheim winner, is published by Milkweed. And poet Stephen Burt, who now teaches at Harvard, is a former Twin Citian.
The long list of fellowship awardees has some august names, including theater-maker Anna Deavere Smith, choreographer Camille Brown and photographer Lyle Ashton Harris.