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Two Dartmouth faculty members named 2004 John Simon Guggenheim Fellows

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
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Two Dartmouth faculty members, Larry Polansky, Associate Professor of Music, and Susan Jane Walp, Lecturer in Studio Art, have been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The awards were announced April 8 by the Guggenheim Foundation.

The prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships reward notable professional achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. The 2004 fellowship winners include 185 artists, scholars and scientists selected from more than 3,200 applicants for awards totaling more than $6.9 million.

Polansky is a composer of music for a wide variety of acoustic and electroacoustic instruments and ensembles, as well as an active guitarist and writer. He studied at New College in Florida and at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he earned his B.A. in mathematics and music in 1976. He went on to earn his master's in composition in 1978 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among his many honors are the BMI Young Composers Award (1980), First Prize in the Young Composers of the Western States Competition (1983) and the Sony Music Fellowship (2001). In addition, he has earned numerous grants from organizations in Europe and North America, notably the Fulbright Senior Scholar/Teacher Fellowship (1995-96). He co-authored the computer music language HMSL (Hierarchical Music Specification Language) with Phil Burk, a computer programmer and designer who specializes in interactive and experimental music systems, and David Rosenboom, an experimental music pioneer. He has published numerous records and CDs, including 2001's Lonesome Road (The Crawford Variations) and 2002's Four Voice Canons #2-18 . Polansky co-founded the Leonardo Music Journal in 1990 and has served on the board of directors of Perspectives of New Music . His books include a critical edition of The Music of American Folksong by Ruth Crawford Seeger (with Judith Tick).

Walp creates intimate still life paintings. In future work, she plans to also pursue figure compositions, and some of the Guggenheim money will support hiring models. Walp received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College, and went on to study at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, the Skowhegan (Maine) School of Painting and Sculpture, and the MFA Program at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y. Walp is represented by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City. Other solo exhibitions include the Victoria Munroe Fine Art, Boston; the Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco; the Fischbach Gallery, New York City; and the ISA Gallery, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy. She has won numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She moved to Vermont from New York City in 1985. In 1998, she started at Dartmouth as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She says that colleagues and students in Dartmouth's Studio Art Department have enriched both her rural life and her studio practice.

Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted more than $230 million in fellowships to more than 15,500 individuals. Past fellows include Ansel Adams, Aaron Copland, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Linus Pauling, Martha Graham, Philip Roth and Eudora Welty, among others.

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