Santa Monica College (SMC) art professor Marc Trujillo, an award-winning painter whose work has been exhibited nationwide, has been named a Guggenheim Fellow this year.

Trujillo joins “an elite group of 190 fellows throughout the U.S. and Canada who cover the spectrum of backgrounds and disciplines in the arts, sciences, academia and other fields,” says an SMC spokesman.

Past Guggenheim fellows have included Ansel Adams, W.H. Auden, Vladimir Nabokov, Isamu Noguchi, Linus Pauling, Aaron Copland, Martha Graham and economist Paul Samuelson.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded a $8.2 million to the 2008 fellows. The award recipients were selected from a group of more than 2,600 applicants.

Trujillo, a Sherman Oaks resident, has been teaching at SMC since 2000.

Born in Albuquerque, he received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in painting from the Yale University School of Art.

While at Yale, he was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Trust Fellowship and the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize, which was the highest honor the faculty awarded to a graduating M.F.A. student, according to the spokesman.

Aside from his exhibits, Trujillo’s work has been featured in publications such as Artforum, ARTnews, Los Angeles Times, Southwest Art and Artweek.

Other awards have included the Rosenthal Family Award for Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award in 2001.