Brooklyn’s MacArthur Fellows: A History

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Flutist and International Contemporary Ensemble founder Claire Chase received a MacArthur Fellowship yesterday, the prestigious “genius grant” that gives its recipients $100,000 a year for five years, no strings attached. Chase is only the latest Brooklynite to receive the honor. “There’s something very simpatico with MacArthur Fellows and the arts in Brooklyn,” then-MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton told the Daily News in 2007. “It’s a wonderful part of the city and country.” Fanton has since been replaced by Robert L. Gallucci—who was born in Brooklyn.

The following is a list of MacArthur fellows who live(d) in Brooklyn, work(ed) in Brooklyn, were born in Brooklyn, or who moved to Brooklyn.

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