A 67-year-old Maplewood silversmith and conservator, Ubaldo Vitali, is part of the newest class of MacArthur Fellows, set to receive $500,000 with absolutely no strings attached.
A fourth-generation silversmith from Rome, Vitali has a studio at 188 Hilton Ave. in Maplewood, where he creates modern silver objects using traditional tools in an open fireplace. His residence is in Glen Ridge.
Learn more about him in this MacArthur Foundation video.
And non-geniuses among us (or perhaps future ones) tell us: what would you do with a half a mill, no-strings-attached grant?