Photography Teacher Tsar Fedorsky is among the newest class of Guggenheim Fellows, announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation last week.
"The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awards fellowships to artists, scholars, and scientists in all fields," explained Headmaster Willy MacMullen '78 in sharing the news with the Taft community. "It is one of the most prestigious awards in the nation, given on the basis of past achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. This is a singular honor for Tsar, and we have been so lucky to have her with us for a year."
Fedorsky accepted a one-year post with Taft in July, and has taught all levels of photography to Taft students.
The Guggenheim Foundation reviews more than 3,000 applications each year. Through a rigorous and multi-tiered review process, approximately 175 fellowships are awarded. Fedorsky is one of 12 photographers earning fellowships this year. She will use the award to explore "the human story" behind the headlines we so often read about life in Mexico today.
In addition to teaching at Taft, Fedorsky has exhibited nationally and is published worldwide. She was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2015, and was a Critical Mass Finalist in 2015 and 2017. Her first book, The Light Under the Door, was published last year by Peperoni Books. Work from this series has been included in the Photographic Resource Center Exposure 2016 group show, the Garner Center at New England School of Photography, the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography's online NEW DIRECTIONS gallery, and the Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College. Tsar continues to work on personal narrative projects, including her most recent series, long way home. Fedorsky earned an M.F.A. from the Hartford Art School, where she was the first recipient of the Mary Frey Photo Book Award and a B.A. in history from Amherst College.
View more of her work, and learn more about Fedorsky at tsarphoto.com