Forty-five artists and artist collectives working in disciplines such as architecture and design, craft, dance, film, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, visual art, and writing will receive unrestricted awards of $50,000 in support of their practice and professional development. Launched in 2006 with $22 million in seed funding from the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson, and Prudential foundations, the program has awarded over $25 million to more than five hundred artists and collectives.
Hailing from twenty states and ranging in age from their twenties to their seventies, this year's USA Fellows include Lucia Cuba (architecture and design), Samuel Harvey (crafts), Merián Soto (dance), Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (film), Hyphen-Labs (media), Jen Shyu (music), Rashida Bumbray (theater and performance), Allison Akootchook Warden (traditional arts), Dyani White Hawk (visual art), and Tarfia Faizullah (writing).
"We believe in artists and are honored to support and care for them in this way," said United States Artists president and CEO Deana Haggag. "Each fellow is a reminder of the breadth of our cultural landscape, and the 2019 cohort is yet another testament to how much incredible work is happening across the country. From painters to podcasters to pop musicians, we're lucky to have these artists reflecting our collective humanity and stirring the public's imagination."
For a complete list of this year's USA Fellows, see the United States Artists website.
(Photo credit: John Rogers)