Conservatory Alum Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Wins Gish Award

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (BA 1975) who founded the internationally known dance group Urban Bush Women, has won the prestigious Gish Award. The Lillian and Dorothy Gish Prize was established in 1994 from the will of actor Lillian Gish and has a cash award of about $250,000. 

Zollar, who is from Kansas City, was UMKC's Alumna of the Year in 2014.

Zollar is also the recipient of a MacArthur "genius award," a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Doris Duke Performing Arts Award, among many others.

Published: Aug 4, 2022