Greensboro, NC (April 23, 2021) – UNCG Greensboro’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) alumna Jane South has been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

South is currently the Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and before that she taught at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She studied Painting and Sculpting in the CVPA School of Art, and received her MFA in 1997.

She says, “My time at UNCG was invaluable in helping me hone my craft as an artist, and I am grateful to all the faculty and staff that supported me.”

This year, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded fellowships to 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists from almost 3,000 applicants. The fellowships support up to a year of work, and are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

“I am delighted to receive a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. It is especially gratifying to be honored by fellow artists, and I look forward to making a new body of work to be exhibited in 2022.”

South’s artistic practice has been described as “dynamic,” and much of her work has been focused on sculptural assemblages of paper and balsa wood, with recent exhibitions featuring fabrics. The New York Times described her 2020 solo show “Switch Back” at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York, as the artist “doing something totally different, (She’s) showing what you might call soft paintings (and an M.D.F. sculpture in the backyard). Sewn together from pieces of canvas, batting, tarp and other pliable materials, with acrylic applied in places, they’re big and roughly geometric, purposefully imperfect and allusively abstract. They evoke homemade creations like patchwork quilts and curtains as much as the post-minimalism of Eva Hesse and Robert Morris, and even Claes Oldenburg’s replicas of ordinary objects.”

Former Guggenheim fellows include more than 125 Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and other internationally recognized honors.

Read more about the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships.

Read more about Jane South.

About CVPA

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at UNC Greensboro is the premier and most comprehensive set of visual and performing arts programs in North Carolina with Schools of Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre. CVPA has been designated by the UNC System Board of Governors as an “area of distinction.” CVPA transforms lives by providing exceptional artistic and academic experiences.

About UNC Greensboro

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 40 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both high research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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