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CFA Announces Kahn Recipients

Career Entry Awards help two artists make the transition to the real world


Michael Anthony Garguilo (CFA’09) (left), and Chris Bannow (CFA’09)

The prospect of life after graduation can be daunting, particularly in this economy. But for two College of Fine Arts grads, prospects just got brighter. Chris Bannow (CFA’09) and Michael Anthony Garguilo (CFA’09) have been chosen to receive this year’s Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Awards, which assist artists in the often-difficult transition out of academia.

The $10,000 award, funded by a $1 million endowment from the late Esther Kahn (SED’55, Hon.’86), was created in 1985 and is presented annually to CFA students in their final semester of undergraduate or graduate study. The Kahns’ two daughters and a panel of CFA faculty select the recipients.

Bannow, with a BFA in acting and theater arts, is the associate director of a New York Fringe Festival entry and will teach theater classes this summer. He plans to use his Kahn Award to move to New York permanently in the fall, begin auditioning for professional projects, and develop new theatrical works. He also is a two-time recipient of the Maxwell Anderson Playwriting Series Award.

MFA painting graduate Garguilo has a bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University. He also received CFA’s Constantin Alajalov Visual Art Scholarship. Garguilo will spend the summer painting in Honduras before using his award money to move to Philadelphia, set up a studio, and get involved in the city’s mural arts program.

The Kahn Awards were presented by Walt Meissner (CFA’81), CFA dean ad interim, at a reception last month.

Devon Maloney can be reached at devon.maloney@gmail.com. 

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