A Long Beach City College professor and sculpture program coordinator was among 178 who received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for 2016.

Coleen Sterritt was recognized in fine arts for her sculptor achievement and her promise in future accomplishment. She said she plans to spend her fellowship year working on a sculpting process called “direct burnout casting,” which she hasn’t tried.

Fellowships are six- to 12-month grants that help provide winners more creative time. They are chosen based on recommendations from distinguished practitioners in the competition fields.

Sterritt has been sculpting for almost 40 years. Her sculptures and drawings have appeared in worldwide exhibits. Her fellowships include those from the National Endowment for the Arts; Art Matters Inc.; J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts; and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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