Two Wesleyan alumni are recipients of 2016 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, commonly known as “genius grants.”
Vincent Fecteau ’91 and Maggie Nelson ’94 each received a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their elds. They join five other alumni who have received this award in the past.
Fecteau, a studio arts major, is a sculptor who creates abstract pieces—by hand, from simple materials—that encourage careful and concentrated looking and re ection.
Maggie Nelson, an English major, is a writer reflecting on the complexities of gender, identity, and culture in day-to-day living, in works that transcend the divide between the intellectual and the personal.