Jon Lowenstein: brother, photographer, Guggenheim Award winner.

My brother Jon has won a Guggenheim Fellowship!

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.

Just to give you some sense of caliber of Guggenheim recipients, previous photographic winners include Ansel Adams, Robert Frank and Joel Meyerowitz.

Other Guggenheim winners like Robert Penn Warren and Henry Kissinger have gone on to become poet laureates and Nobel Prize winners, respectively.

Jon will be working on completing his multi-year project about Chicago’s South Side.

Other winners this year include fellow Dart Society member Tara McElvey, my former Stanford roommate David Vann, and pioneering historian Estelle Freedman.

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.


6 responses to “Jon Lowenstein: brother, photographer, Guggenheim Award winner.

  1. Congratulations to the brother! Huge!

  2. Congratulations to your brother, Jon! What a terrific honor.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      True, true! I’ll pass on the good words. Hope all is well with you and that we get to see you this summer while Dylan is here.


  3. As the former fourth grade teacher of the three Lowenstein brothers, I can say with certitude how each of them has enriched their communities, their professions, and their families. They were raised by caring, committed parents. They were respected by their classmates in school and prized by teachers for their individual personalities. Congratulations, Jon! And thanks, Jeff, for announcing his honor to the rest of us.

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