DDCF Announces 2016 Doris Duke Artists Awards

DDCF Announces 2016 Doris Duke Artists Awards

The has announced the recipients of the 2016 in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz, and theater.

Twenty-one performing artists will each receive an unrestricted grant of $275,000 over three to five years, financial and legal counseling, professional development activities, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities provided by . This year’s recipients include Fred Hersch (jazz), Miguel Gutierrez (dance), and Janie Geiser (theater).

"I'm just blown away. I know people who have won this award, and I have so much respect for them; it feels so special to be in their company," said Hersch. "I feel like I’m still getting better at what I do, and that keeps me going. At heart, the thing I love to do is play — that's never, ever going to change — but I know that this award is going to open some doors, personally and professionally, in ways I can’t even begin to predict."

"The foundation is pleased to support this new class of Doris Duke Artists," said Maurine Knighton, DDCF program director for the arts. "The composers, musicians, theater artists, choreographers, and playwrights who comprise this cohort are visionaries who have already made important contributions to their respective fields. We hope these awards enhance their capacities for exploration and experimentation, in keeping with Doris Duke’s adventurous spirit. DDCF looks forward to their continued creativity, as their work is not only important to the creative sector, but vital to the vibrancy of our society, as well."

For a complete list of , see the DDCF website.

"." Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Press Release 05/03/2016.