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09.09.16

Grantee Spotlight: SuSu Studio combines on-trend fashion with timeless modesty

Born in the south of Somalia but raised, since the age of six, in Saint Paul, SuSu Mohamud considers Minnesota home. As a young, observant Muslim, however, she struggled to find clothes that expressed both these sides of her identity.

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08.11.16

Vilcek Foundation to Be Honored by Theatre Communications Group

The Vilcek Foundation will be honored at the Theatre Communications Group’s annual fall gala, for its efforts in promoting immigrant theatre-makers over the last year.

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08.04.16

"A Stray" brings an immigrant community to the big screen

Musa Syeed knows immigrant stories. A first-generation American himself, the filmmaker has written and directed several films based in immigrant communities around the U.S.

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07.11.16

Vilcek Foundation Lends Paintings to Georgia O’Keeffe Retrospective at Tate Modern

Three works from the Vilcek Foundation Art Collection are currently on display at the Tate Modern, London, as part of the recently opened exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe.

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07.05.16

Immigrant scientists lead the way in STEM

Last fall, we tracked the extent of foreign-born contributions to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields with our “Immigrant Nation, American Success” infographics series.

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06.21.16

Meet the 2017 Creative Promise Prize Applicants

Meet the applicants for the 2017 Creative Promise Prizes! An astounding 465 fine artists and biomedical researchers responded to our annual call, breaking a record for the number of applications submitted.

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05.30.16

Exhibition Spotlight: Mezcala Models at the Met

Two Mezcala architectural models from the Vilcek Foundation collection are currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition "Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas."

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05.17.16

Meet the Consultant: Curator Deborah Cullen

To shape the upcoming 2017 Vilcek Prizes for Fine Arts, we enlisted the help of curator Deborah Cullen. Drawing on her experience working with immigrant and emerging artists, Deborah helped us set the parameters for the prizes, and recommended jurors, specialists in the arts with expertise in various media and specialties.

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05.03.16

"Love and Science" at the New York Public Library

In celebration of New York City’s Immigrant Heritage Week, our president and co-founder Jan Vilcek read from his memoir, "Love and Science," at the Mid-Manhattan Library last week.

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04.25.16

Immigrant Achievements in Science and Theatre Celebrated at 2016 Vilcek Prize Ceremony

On April 5, leaders in scientific research and dramatic performance gathered at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City to honor the winners of the 2016 Vilcek Prizes. The awards, which have been given annually since 2006, recognize the contributions of immigrants in biomedical science and the arts, this year commending accomplishments in theatre.

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04.21.16

The Vilcek Prize: An Evolving Design of Typography and Innovation

The Vilcek Foundation believes that immigrant contributions are invaluable to advancing American arts, sciences, and culture. The Vilcek Prizes were created in 2006 to pay tribute to individuals whose accomplishments embody this belief.

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03.28.16

Dan Littman: A Pioneer in Immunology

Dan Littman has been an explorer since childhood. A prominent immunologist at NYU’s Skirball Institute and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dan was born in Bucharest when Romania was a part of the Soviet bloc.

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03.21.16

Sarah Benson: Cultural Dislocation in Theatre

As an immigrant from the United Kingdom, Sarah Benson understands cultural dislocation: “There wasn’t a language barrier,” she says, “but there was a completely different set of cultural assumptions.

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03.14.16

Roberta Capp: Humanizing Health Care

“Health care is a business, but people are not iPads,” says Roberta Capp, one of the 2016 winners of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. “So how do you put that human aspect back into the health care business?”

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03.07.16

Desdemona Chiang: The Lost Generation

“A good friend of mine and I like to say—kind of jokingly, but kind of not—that there is a lost generation of Asian American artists between the ages of 30 and 45, because of social patterns, immigration patterns, because of a clash between old-world values and new-world values,” says Desdemona Chiang.

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03.01.16

Now Open: 2017 Creative Promise Prize Applications

The Vilcek Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise! For this cycle, prizes will be awarded in the fields of biomedical science and fine arts.

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02.29.16

Houra Merrikh: Conflicts and Collisions

“When you’re an immigrant, the problems you face are unusual ones, so you have to come up with creative solutions,” says Houra Merrikh, winner of a 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. “That principle influences what I do.”

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02.22.16

Yi Zhao: Sculpting light itself

There’s a quote that lighting designer Yi Zhao is fond of: “99% of the audience does not notice lighting, but 100% of the audience is affected by it.”

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02.15.16

Fernando Camargo and the scientific currency

Fernando Camargo doesn’t believe in comfort zones. “Whenever I have people starting in my lab, I tell them that they need to think of new biological questions, as opposed to just pursuing what others have started,” he says.

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02.09.16

From Refugee to Philanthropist: Jan Vilcek Tells It All

Love and Science, a memoir by our president and co-founder Jan Vilcek, hits bookshelves today! Published by Seven Stories Press, Jan tells two intertwined stories: The first an illuminating tale of scientific discovery, and the second, a story of fate and daring that would lead to his immigration to America.

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02.08.16

Blanka Zizka: Danger, dissent, and theatre

When Blanka Zizka defected from Czechoslovakia, 21 years old and pregnant, she had no idea where she would end up—all she knew was that she would pursue her love of theatre.

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02.02.16

A Standing Ovation for the 2016 Vilcek Prizewinners

The Vilcek Prizes, presented annually to immigrants who have made outstanding contributions to their fields, are this year awarded in biomedical science and theatre.

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    Announcing the recipients of the 2016 Vilcek Prizes and Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and Theatre! Read more about the accomplished winners and stay tuned for interviews, videos, and more with each prizewinner.

     

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