Nancy Floyd from Bend, Oregon and, Kelli Connell from Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois were awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in 2022. Guggenheim Fellowships were awarded to 180 scientists, writers, scholars and artists in 51 fields. Floyd and Connell were two of 13 winning photographers. All recipients were selected via a rigorous peer review process from among 2,500 applicants.
Floyd says, “With my involvement in the outdoors as artist, tourist, and backpacker, where I have witnessed both the positive and negative ways that humans impact our national, regional and local parks, I’ve increasingly become interested in our relationships with nature and how my work might contribute to the conversation.” As a Guggenheim Fellow, Floyd says she will embark on a new project, tentatively titled For the Love of Trees. “I plan to explore our bonds with trees in Oregon.”
Connell, a Professor and Graduate Program Director of Columbia’s Photography Department, was recognized for this fellowship for her latest project “Pictures for Charis” as well as her on-going project “Double Life.” Connell says, “I will use the 2022 Fellowship year to continue making work for the project ‘Pictures for Charis.’ Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Microsoft; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary; the Dallas Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.