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Dartmouth artist named 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/15/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Enrico Riley
Enrico Riley (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Enrico Riley, an artist from Norwich, Vt. and a senior lecturer in studio art at Dartmouth, has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The award supports Riley's work in painting.

Riley works primarily in oil on canvas or linen stretched over wood panels, and his paintings and drawings deal with pattern, repetition, shape, and perception.

"Despite what they depict, all my paintings strive to challenge the viewer's perception," says Riley, who is also a 1995 graduate of Dartmouth. "I'm excited by the opportunities presented with this award. I plan to spend a significant amount of time working in my studio, and I'll use this opportunity to undertake more ambitious paintings, for example, some larger paintings that I've not been able to do before." Riley is also the area head of painting and drawing in the studio art department at Dartmouth.

Riley also says that his work in the studio will be informed by travel to at least two places. He will go to England to see illuminated manuscripts of medieval prayer books at Oxford University, and he will travel to the U.S. Southwest and to British Columbia, Canada, to see Native North American vision quest paintings.

According to a Guggenheim Foundation press release, the fellows "are appointed on the basis of stellar achievement in the past and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment." The Guggenheim Fellowship program provides support so Fellows can work with as much creative freedom as possible. The 2008 fellowship winners include 190 artists, scholars and scientists selected from more than 2,600 applicants for awards totaling $8.2 million.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, where he majored in visual studies, Riley earned an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University. He has twice been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt., and his paintings and drawings have been included in solo exhibitions at the Pageant Gallery in Philadelphia, Penn., and The Karl Drerup Art Gallery in Plymouth, N.H. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Reeves Contemporary, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, all in New York City, and the Museum for the National Center of Afro-American Arts in Roxbury, Mass, among other venues. In 2004, Riley was awarded an American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize for his painting "Giant Steps," which was placed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

"Enrico's artistry embodies his creative and scholarly energy," says Dartmouth Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt. "I'm pleased that he has been recognized for his talent, which he shares with his students and our community regularly."

Since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has granted more than $265 million in fellowships to more than 16,500 individuals. Past fellows include Ansel Adams, Aaron Copland, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Linus Pauling, Martha Graham, Philip Roth and Eudora Welty, among others. Recent Dartmouth recipients include: Hany Farid (computer science department, 2006), Linda Fowler (government department, 2005), Ronald Green (religion department and Ethics Institute, 2005), Larry Polansky (music department, 2004), Susan Jane Walp (studio art department, 2004), Douglas Irwin (economics department, 2002), and Bruce Nelson (history department, 2002).

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