The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded a Fellowship in the Fine Arts to PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies Chair, Arnold J. Kemp. Kemp holds a combined BA/BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. And he holds an MFA from Stanford University. From 1991 to 2006, Kemp lived and worked in San Francisco where he participated in four significant solo exhibitions and many groups shows while also working as a curator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1993–2003). Kemp’s proposal for the Fellowship includes doing research at the Adrian Piper Research Archive in Berlin and making work based on that research.
Kemp is among a diverse group of 181 scholars, artists, and scientists awarded fellowships in the Foundation’s eighty-eighth annual competition for the United States and Canada. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.