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Apr 14, 2008    #031
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green
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Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded to UMKC Professors Rudy and Gowin members of 2008 Guggenheim Foundation Fellows

Two University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) professors, Paul Rudy, coordinator of composition at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, and Elijah Gowin, Assistant Professor of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences, are new members of the 2008 class of Guggenheim Foundation Fellows. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation selected Rudy and Gowin from among 2,600 applicants to receive the fellowships, two of 190 awarded this year.

Rudy is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music and will use his award to take a semester’s leave and write the second in a series of electroacoustic symphonies. He submitted the first electroacoustic symphony, In Lake’ch – a Mayan phrase meaning “I am another yourself” – as part of his Guggenheim application.

“Rudy is a consummate musician who combines conventional patterns and forms with recorded sounds as his personal means of expression,” said James Mobberley, Interim Dean of the Conservatory. “He is a treasure.”

Gowin’s photos have been seen throughout the United States and in Japan, China, Holland and Spain. With his fellowship, he plans to add to his “Of Falling and Floating” series with photographs of cliff divers in Mexico.

“His Guggenheim Fellowship is evidence of his extraordinary talent and brings distinction to him as a productive scholar,” Vorst said.

The Guggenheim selection committee examines past performances and submission materials that indicate both prior achievement and the ability to strengthen that talent. Fellowships totaling $265 million have been granted since the Foundation was established in 1925.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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