MacArthur Fellows 2017

MacArthur Fellows 2017
Meet this year's class of 24 MacArthur fellows. (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

The annual no-strings-attached awards of $625,000 per person — often called genius grants — are given to "extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential," said the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

MacArthur fellows for 2017: a tragicomic novelist, an 'Afropolitan' painter and more

Yuval Sharon, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Taylor Mac, Annie Baker, Rhiannon Giddens — if you don't yet know these creative minds, keep reading. The MacArthur fellows class for 2017 — winners of the so-called genius grants — are shaping the culture around you.

  • Perspective
Why MacArthur fellowships matter: In modern culture, expertise is under fire

The so-called MacArthur genius grants are more important than ever

MacArthur fellow Yuval Sharon: Opera's man of the moment on how he will use his $625,000 award

"How can I be a warrior for what’s good in the world?” opera director Yuval Sharon asked himself hours before the announcement that he was 2017 MacArthur fellow. He talks about preparing for "War of the Worlds," getting political and eventually finding inspiration in Japan.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a 2017 MacArthur fellow for fiction and nonfiction

L.A. author Viet Thanh Nguyen is a winner of the 2017 MacArthur fellowship.

MacArthur winner Jesmyn Ward writes socially conscious works set in the South

Jesmyn Ward, author of "Salvage the Bones" and "Sing, Unburied, Sing" is a recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Taylor Mac is a MacArthur genius. If you don't know about his 24-hour extravaganza, here's why you should

Gender-bending performance artist Taylor Mac whose 24-hour show "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," resulting in him being a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize for drama, is a recipient of a 2017 MacArthur 'Genius Grant."

  • Q&A
For fighting cybercrime and boosting internet security, UCSD's Stefan Savage wins a MacArthur award

A Q&A with newly minted MacArthur Fellow Stefan Savage and his work. He’s a computer scientist at UCSD who was picked for his work that identifies and addresses the technological, economic and social vulnerabilities underlying internet security challenges and cybercrime.

MacArthur fellow Emmanuel Candès uses little bits of data to see the big picture

In the world of consumer electronics, a camera that can pack more pixels into a single image is something to boast about. But Emmanuel Jean Candès won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for doing the opposite.