UW–Madison’s Faisal Abdu’Allah is one of 16 extraordinary Wisconsinites being honored with a 2024 Fellows Award from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. This award, which honors high levels of accomplishment and a demonstrated lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service, is the highest recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy.

“I am honored to have been chosen as a Wisconsin Academy Fellow,” says Abdu’Allah, an internationally acclaimed artist and professor with the School of Education’s Art Department, who also holds the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art and is the associate dean of the arts in the School of Education. “This prestigious award acknowledges what has been the greatest gift to me — the strength of others in this community. As a Fellow, I hope to continue the principles of cultivating civil discourse and increasing our understanding of one another.”

Since 1982, the Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award has recognized educators, researchers, mentors, artists, and civic or business leaders from across Wisconsin who have made substantial contributions to the cultural life and welfare of the state and its people.

“The Academy Fellows award honors Wisconsin citizens who through their creativity, their scholarship, and their commitment to the state have enriched all of our lives. By recognizing their contributions to Wisconsin and the world beyond, we seek to inspire others to follow in their footsteps,” says Robert Mathieu, Fellows Committee chair.

A press release announcing this year’s honorees says this about Abdu’Allah: