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Fairbanks receives 2022 Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts

Congratulations Associate Professor Marianne Fairbanks receiving the prestigious and highly competitive 2022 Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts.

Professor Fairbanks is a visual artist and designer, her work spans the fields of art, design, and social practice. She’s driven to chart new material and conceptual territories, to innovate solution-based design, and to foster fresh modes of cultural production. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Michigan.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues including The Museum of Art and Design, NY, USA, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen Denmark, RAM Gallery, Oslo, Norway and The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Fairbanks will use the $20,000 award to expand her research to create textiles that can be decorative and sculptural, works that define spaces and stand on their own. This research will focus on learning methods of basketry, structural systems employed in nomadic portable architectures, and contemporary membrane architecture.

The Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts recognizes and honors extraordinary artistic projects and endeavors of the highest quality carried out by tenured members of the UW-Madison arts faculty.


2022 Creative Arts Awards Recipients