Lynda Barry Wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

November 21, 2019
Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry ’79 was chosen as a 2019 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur fellowship honors “extraordinary originality” and comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, to be distributed over five years.

A graphic novelist, cartoonist, and educator, Barry was selected for inspiring creative engagement through original graphic works and a teaching practice centered on the role of image making in communication. She is well known for her weekly comic strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” and has published graphic novels such as The Good Times Are Killing Me (1988) and One! Hundred! Demons! (2002). She is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

At Evergreen, Barry studied the history of the Renaissance and Middle Ages and the history of science. She also studied with faculty Marilyn Frasca, who taught visual art and writing. Barry was recently a guest on the popular podcast Design Matters in which she spoke of her time at Evergreen. In an email, Barry wrote: “If alma means soul and mater means mother that is what Evergreen is to me. My Soul Mother.”