Lynda Barry Awarded MacArthur “Genius Grant”

Cartoonist Lynda Barry is among those awarded a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship.

Commonly called a Genius Grant, “The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached
award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential.”


The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the University of Wisconsin-Madison proudly boasts
it is home to two of this year’s MacArthur Fellows, Lynda Barry and Andrea Dutton.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday that UW-Madison art professor Lynda Barry and geochemist Andrea Dutton are among the 26 national recipients.

Also known as “genius grants,” the awards are given annually to a small number of individuals across the country who show exceptional creativity in their work, a track record of accomplishments and promise for the future.