Hailing from thirteen different states, the thirty-four fellows include artists working in the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts. Thirty-two individuals and two collaborations will each receive unrestricted grants of $50,000 through the program, which has awarded a total of $19.1 million to four hundred and five artists since 2006.
This year's USA Fellows include architect Doris Sung; mixed-media artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre; contemporary dance choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo; poet, novelist, and journalist Achy Obejas; independent radio producer Yowei Shaw; Grammy award-winning banjo player Allison Brown; playwright Kia Corthron; and visual artist Willie Birch.
"USA Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work," said USA CEO Carolina Garcia Jayaram. "We are honored to present this year's fellows, a group of artists who were selected through a rigorous, highly competitive process. Our fellows embody originality across every creative discipline, celebrating the broad range of artistic practices in every region of the county, and cultivating a creative ecology that is diverse in age, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation."