Thirty-seven artists and collaboratives working in the fields of architecture and design, crafts, dance, literature, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, and visual arts will each receive $50,000 to support their practice and professional development. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded more than $20 million.
This year's USA Fellows include Chat Travieso (architecture and design), Cristina Córdova (crafts), Camille A. Brown (dance), Teju Cole (literature), Deborah Stratman (media), Joe Louis Walker (music), Narcissister (theater and performance), Mary Louise Defender Wilson (traditional arts), and Dawoud Bey (visual arts).
"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 United States Artists CEO Carolina García Jayaram. "What continues to set the USA Fellowship apart is the unrestricted nature of our award. USA's mission is to put artists first as they are the core of our organization. This is shown by the inherent trust we place in them to know how to use the money to further their practice and pursue unrealized opportunities."
For a complete list of the 2015 Fellows, visit the United States Artists website.