United States Artists Announces 2021 Usa Fellows

Chicago–based arts nonprofit United States Artists (Usa) has declared sixty recipients of its 2021 fellowships, marking the biggest fellowship class in its fifteen-12 months background. Each of the chosen artists, working across 10 creative disciplines—Architecture & Style, Craft, Dance, Film, Media, Audio, Theater & Performance, Standard Arts, Visual Artwork, and Writing—will acquire an unrestricted $50,000 money award.

Amid this year’s cohort, drawn from all corners of the country and representing all age groups and job stages, are general performance artist Jibz Cameron, aka Dynasty Handbag photocollage artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby painter and sculptor Daniel Lind-Ramos movie and set up artist Carolyn Lazard general performance artist rafa esparza, and overall performance and set up artist Aki Sasamoto.

The plan, started in 2006, aims to honor recipients for their past contributions to the arts, and to assistance their ongoing inventive and expert advancement. To that conclusion, the organization stipulates that the income award may be used for nearly anything from making new get the job done to spending lease or getting health and fitness care. Even with the continuing Covid-19 crisis, Usa in 2020 was in a position to distribute $20 million in direct funding to nearly 4,000 artists in want.

“We are grateful for each artist whose artmaking, new music, crafting, and more is assisting us to navigate and cope via this harrowing time in our country,” explained United States Artists president and CEO Deana Haggag in a statement. “The 2021 United states Fellows are a testament to the electric power of artwork in shaping the world all over us and navigating its complexities. Artists do so a lot for our communities, and we are grateful to be equipped to help these sixty amazing practitioners and welcome them into the United States Artists fellowship.”

Author Edwidge Danticat, a 2020 Usa Fellow, mentioned the great importance of the fellowship in relation to the pandemic. “Now much more than ever,” she mentioned in a assertion “artists need this kind of aid, not just for continuity, but for protection and survival.”

The total listing of 2021 United states of america Fellows is down below.

Architecture & Design and style

Jennifer Bonner / Shopping 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
Mom Cyborg


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

Theater & Overall performance

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

Regular Arts

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

Visible Artwork

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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