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Head of Fiber Joey Quiñones Receives Augusta Savage Grant and EMU McAndless Distinguished Chair

May 21st, 2024

Joey Quiñones, El Mito del Regreso (The myth of the return) 144″ x 72″ x 48″ Porcelain, terra cotta, toile, silk, cotton.

Head of Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Joey Quiñones, recently received awards from the National Sculpture Society and Eastern Michigan University.

The National Sculpture Society awarded Quiñones The Augusta Savage Grant, an annual unrestricted prize of $2,500 for excellence in sculpture by emerging artists who self-identify as Black or African American. The prize honors the legacy of Augusta Savage (1892-1962) who is one of the most influential African American artists of the 1930s. The 2024 jurors were sculptors Sherwin Banfield and Branley Cadet and Tammi Lawson, Curator of the Art & Artifacts Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Joey Quiñones. Photo credit: Kohler Co. Courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Quiñones has also been named Eastern Michigan University’s 2024-25 McAndless Distinguished Professor Chair in the Humanities. As a Visiting Chair beginning in September, they will engage with EMU faculty, students, and the Ypsilanti community through the Marking Place project which includes a discussion series, interactive assignments, lectures, poetry reading, and exhibitions.

The Marking Place project will initially open dialogue with students around the role of statues, monuments, and memorials – asking them to consider: “What do we as a community need to remember? How do we honor multiple histories in a public space? And, what are alternatives to the idea of ‘the monument’?”


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2024 Augusta Savage Grant – National Sculpture Society

McAndless Chair – Eastern Michigan University

Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art