Cushing Academy is pleased to announce that Jane Evelyn Atwood, class of 1966, will be presented the 2009 Distinguished Alumna award during her visit to campus on Friday, November 13.
Jane Evelyn Atwood is one of the world's leading photojournalists. Based in Paris since 1971, Jane was born in New York and graduated from Cushing Academy in 1966.
Jane Evelyn Atwood’s work reflects a deep involvement with her subjects over long periods of time. Fascinated by people and by the idea of exclusion, she limits her stories to those which truly compel her, devoting to each subject the time necessary -in some cases, years-to explore it in depth. Her work appears in numerous public and private collections, and she is the author of six books.
She has received many honors including the first W. Eugene Smith Grant in 1980, the Paris Match Grand Prix du Photojournalisme (1990), Leica's Oskar Barnack Award (1997), and an Alfred Eisenstaedt Award (1998). In 2005, Atwood received the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, following such previous laureates as Edward Saïd, Isaac Bashevis Singer and E.L. Doctorow.
Cushing Academy is proud to honor Jane Evelyn Atwood as the recipient of the 2009 Cushing Academy Distinguished Alumna Award, joining Bette Davis '26, who was recognized in 2008 with Cushing's Inaugural Distinguished Alumna Award.
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