The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund (which we've all heard of ad-nauseam, I think) have a yearly fellows program, and the 25 recipients receive $100,000 each for the next 5 years. The recipients are shown on the foundation's website.
Some of the things these people are doing are fascinating, and of special interest to me because one of the 2005 recipients is Julie Meheretu, an artist whose work was displayed at the Carnegie International this year.
It's nice to see the cream of the crop getting recognized for a job well done, even if it's for fishing.
Another recepitent is Teresita Fernandez, a sculptor who...
"integrates architecture and the optical effects of color and light to produce exquisitely constructed, contemplative spaces. In her sculptural environments, Fernandez alters space to create illusions, subtly modifying the physical sensations of the viewer and dramatizing the role architecture plays in shaping our lives and perceptions.
Silk yarn, steel armature, epoxy
In collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
SIZE: h: 96 x w: 144 in / h: 243.8 x w: 365.8 cm