More congratulations are in order as SPE celebrates members Stephen Marc and Sama Alshaibi who are recipients of 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships. Some may remember that Marc, a Professor of Art at Arizona State University, shared his work at past SPE conferences and we've watched this body of work evolve into American/True Colors as highlighted in Lens/cratch: Fine Art Photography Daily.
Alshaibi is a Professor and Co-Chair of Photography, Video and Imaging at the University of Arizona and was a featured speaker at the 2018 SPE national conference in Philadelphia. Lens/cratch highlighted Alshaibi's CENTER Project Development grant award in 2019. In addition to awards recognizing their artistic talents, both have been recognized as educators; in 2008 Alshaibi received the Crystal Apple Faculty award and Marc was one of four 2015 SPE Insight award recipients.
A fun Stephen Marc fact is that he is a first cousin of the Librarian of Congress.
Loud cheers for both!