UMKC Conservatory Dance Faculty Gary Abbott Is Named 2022 Guggenheim Fellow

The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to note that Professor of Modern Dance Gary Abbott has been named a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, as one of 180 scientists, writers, scholars, and artists honored across 51 fields.

The Guggenheim site notes, "In all, 51 scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, 81 different academic institutions, 31 states and the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces are represented in this year’s class of Fellows, who range in age from 33 to 75. Close to 60 Fellows have no full-time college or university affiliation. Many Fellows’ projects directly respond to issues like climate change, pandemics, Russia, feminism, identity, and racism."

Abbott has had the privilege to teach and choreograph at many prestigious universities worldwide including special workshops in Vienna, Austria, and at Peridance Studios in New York City. He has taught and choreographed for Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga, Iliev Foundation in Bar, Montenegro, and Sofia, Bulgaria, Flatfoot Dance Theater at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, Tianjin Conservatory, Tianjin, China, and conducting workshops in Shenzhen, China.

Abbott has been fortunate to choreograph works for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company of Kansas City, MO, Dallas Black Dance Theater of Dallas, TX, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance of Denver, CO, David Taylor Dance Theater of Denver CO and others. 

Professor Abbott is listed on the Guggenheim Foundation site under choreographers



Published: Apr 8, 2022