I’m back here in Evanston after a family vacation to Madrid, Spain for a week with Dunreith, Aidan and my brothers Mike and Jon.
We had a terrific time, full of delicious food and drink, museum attendance and generally soaking in the pleasure of being in each other’s company.
The week was capped by last’s night official news that Jon has been named one of 180 Guggenheim fellowship winners for this year.
The Guggenheim is an enormously prestigious award given to “mid-career” artist typically awarded to “midcareer” artists and scholars to allow them to pursue their work independently for a minimum of six months to a maximum of one year.
This is very rare air, even for Jon, who in 2007 received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship.
Jon will be working on completing his multi-year project about Chicago’s South Side.
This is an enormous accomplishment and recognition of more than 20 years of ceaseless effort and commitment to his craft on Jon’s part, and all of us in the family are extremely proud of him.
I’ll write more about Spain tomorrow.
Tonight belongs to Jon, who, appropriately enough, is working in Uganda.
Please join me in congratulating him.