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Mary Halvorson Wins MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant

The guitarist and composer is the only musician among this year's 26 fellowship winners

Mary Halvorson
Mary Halvorson (photo: courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson has won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known colloquially as a “genius grant.” Along with 25 other fellows announced today (Sept. 25), she will receive a grant of $625,000 doled out over five years.

“From addressing the consequences of climate change to furthering our understanding of human behavior to fusing forms of artistic expression, this year’s 26 extraordinary MacArthur Fellows demonstrate the power of individual creativity to reframe old problems, spur reflection, create new knowledge, and better the world for everyone,” foundation president John Palfrey said in a statement. “They give us reason for hope, and they inspire us all to follow our own creative instincts.”

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