MacArthur Genius Grants visual art recipient choices: justifiable?

Why were the specific visual artists chosen to receive a generous amount of money this year compared to the hundreds or thousands of other hard-working and notable artists out in the U.S.? How were the anonymous judges able to find these specific people? Was it based off of a general web-search that became more detailed, or was it based off of word-of-mouth discovery? How does this speak about our visual culture as a whole?

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