April 15, 2021


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United States Artists Announces 2021 Usa Fellows

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Chicago–based arts nonprofit United States Artists (United states) has declared sixty recipients of its 2021 fellowships, marking the major fellowship course in its fifteen-calendar year history. Every of the chosen artists, operating throughout 10 imaginative disciplines—Architecture & Structure, Craft, Dance, Film, Media, Tunes, Theater & Overall performance, Conventional Arts, Visible Artwork, and Writing—will get an unrestricted $50,000 income award.

Among this year’s cohort, drawn from all corners of the region and representing all age groups and career stages, are functionality artist Jibz Cameron, aka Dynasty Handbag photocollage artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby painter and sculptor Daniel Lind-Ramos video clip and set up artist Carolyn Lazard general performance artist rafa esparza, and performance and installation artist Aki Sasamoto.

The system, established in 2006, aims to honor recipients for their earlier contributions to the arts, and to aid their ongoing inventive and skilled advancement. To that conclusion, the organization stipulates that the income award could be utilised for anything at all from making new operate to paying out lease or getting well being care. Inspite of the continuing Covid-19 crisis, United states of america in 2020 was capable to distribute $20 million in immediate funding to nearly 4,000 artists in need.

“We are grateful for just about every artist whose artmaking, songs, composing, and more is helping us to navigate and cope through this harrowing time in our state,” said United States Artists president and CEO Deana Haggag in a statement. “The 2021 Usa Fellows are a testament to the energy of artwork in shaping the entire world about us and navigating its complexities. Artists do so considerably for our communities, and we are grateful to be equipped to assistance these sixty remarkable practitioners and welcome them into the United States Artists fellowship.”

Writer Edwidge Danticat, a 2020 United states of america Fellow, famous the value of the fellowship in relation to the pandemic. “Now a lot more than at any time,” she reported in a statement “artists have to have this form of guidance, not just for continuity, but for basic safety and survival.”

The entire listing of 2021 United states of america Fellows is below.

Architecture & Style and design

Jennifer Bonner / Mall
Walter Hood
Olalekan Jeyifous


Diedrick Brackens
Bisa Butler
Amber Cowan
Salvador Jiménez-Flores
Cannupa Hanska Luger
Tiff Massey
Erin M. Riley


Ishmael Houston-Jones
Emily Johnson
Cynthia Oliver
Ni’Ja Whitson


Faren Humes
Macha Colón
Stephen Maing
Darius Clark Monroe
Naima Ramos-Chapman
Jennifer Reeder


Morehshin Allahyari
Stephanie Dinkins
Lauren Lee McCarthy
Mother Cyborg

New music

Martha Gonzalez
Edward “Kidd” Jordan
Tomeka Reid
Wadada Leo Smith
Mazz Swift

Theater & Effectiveness

Jibz Cameron
Carmelita Tropicana
Christopher Chen
Sandra Delgado
Idris Goodwin
Mia Katigbak
Karen Zacarías

Traditional Arts

Ofelia Esparza
Nathan P. Jackson
Basil Kincaid
Kawika Lum-Nelmida
Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Geo Soctomah Neptune
Delina White

Visual Art

Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Lex Brown
rafa esparza
Maria Gaspar
Sharon Hayes
Carolyn Lazard
Daniel Lind-Ramos
Aki Sasamoto


Alexander Chee
Eve L. Ewing
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Dunya Mikhail
Elizabeth McCracken
Natalie Y. Moore
Danez Smith
Ocean Vuong

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