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Guggenheim announces 2014 fellowships

An image from a video by artist and teacher Patty Chang.

The 2014 Guggenheim Fellowships were announced Thursday, and based on our count, 15 of the recipients are from Massachusetts. Within that group, there’s a pack of local artists, musicians, and writers who’ve been honored for their work — including “All This Talk of Love” author Christopher Castellani , composer Elena Ruehr , and artist Patty Chang. Castellani, who is the artistic director at the Boston writing center Grub Street, said the Guggenheim award will help him with his next book, “Leading Men.” Video and performance artist Chang, who teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, told us that the fellowship money will pay for travel to Uzbekistan, Newfoundland, and the Xinjiang region in China for “The Wandering Lake,” a project based on explorer Sven Hedin’s “The Wandering Lake: Into the Heart of Asia.” Brookline’s Ruehr, a lecturer at MIT, said the award will help her write an opera for Roomful of Teeth, an eight-voice a cappella group that visits MIT this fall. Ruehr said that when she discovered she had been awarded a Guggenheim, she “wrote a little song.” “It’s such an honor,” she said. “To get this validation, it really boosts an artist [like myself]. It’s very exciting.”