Faculty Accomplishments

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Fred Hersch of the Music Department received two Grammy nominations this year: Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the song “We See” and Best Jazz Album for “Live in Europe.” Hersch was named 2018’s Pianist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

In January, Pam Tanowitz of the Dance Department was selected as Bard Fisher Center’s first choreographer in residence. Bard Fisher Center will commission three new Tanowitz dances, beginning with a new work created in collaboration with New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns. A major component of the residency will be the development of a digital archive of Tanowitz’s oeuvre, including the remounting and documentation of several of her performances. Tanowitz is creating pieces for the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and will create works for the New York City Ballet’s 2019 spring and fall galas. Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times named Tanowitz’s “Four Quartets” among the best dance of 2018, calling it “the most sublime new work of dance theater this year.”

Opera News listed Bob Aldridge’s Sister Carrie among the “5 Best New Works of 2018.”

In 2018, Nicolás Pereda, head of the Rutgers Filmmaking Center, was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in the Film-Video category.

John Yau of the art & design faculty was the winner of the 2018 Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded annually by Poets & Writers to “an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.”

Theater faculty member Don Holder was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for the most recent production of My Fair Lady, at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Holder won Tony Awards in 1998 and 2008, for The Lion King and South Pacific, respectively. My Fair Lady director Bartlett Sher calls Holder “probably the best lighting designer on the planet.”

The New York City Subway’s 30th Ave. station (N, W) on the Astoria Line in Queens now features a glass mural by art & design faculty Stephen Westfall.

In December, PBS premiered Sacred, a global exploration of religious faith by 40 international filmmakers, which Documentary Film Lab head (and Oscar-winner) Thomas Lennon directed.

Art & Design MFA student Jeanette Mundt and faculty Steffani Jemison are among the 75 artists selected to present work in this year’s Whitney Biennial.

Read more about our faculty in past issues of the Mason Gross Magazine.