Art and art history Prof. Amer Kobaslija earns 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship

Amer Kobaslija, assistant professor of art and art history, was awarded a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He was selected as one of 175 awardees, chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. Kobaslija was recognized for his ongoing project painting the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Kesennuma, Japan, and its reconstruction.

Kobaslija was honored to receive the Fellowship for his work in Japan:

Being able to call myself a Guggenheim Fellow is an enormous privilege. I am eternally grateful to the Guggenheim Foundation for the honor given to me for my work in Japan. Through these paintings, I draw attention to the ongoing reconstruction process in Kesennuma, a coastal town in northern Japan, which was all but washed away by tsunami in March 2011. What was once a vibrant, scenic community had become a heart-rending tableau of destruction, punctuated by seemingly unending piles of rubble.

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