The Chicago-based arts nonprofit United States Artists (USA) has named the 60 recipients of this year’s fellowships, which each come with a $50,000 cash award. The selected artists were drawn from 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and represent all age groups and career stages.
Among the awardees in the visual arts, craft, and traditional arts categories are performance artist rafa esparza; quilt portraitist Bisa Butler; photocollage artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby; video and installation artist Carolyn Lazard, and painter and assemblage sculptor Daniel Lind-Ramos.
The program, now in its 15th year, has become closely watched, since many of its awardees go on to achieve fame in the years after winning a fellowship. Among those who have won USA fellowships at various points in their careers are Mark Bradford, Catherine Opie, and Wangechi Mutu.
Awardees are encouraged to use the cash prize in whatever means best supports their lives, from paying rent to financing new projects. In 2020, as a founding partner of Artist Relief, USA helped to distribute $20 million in direct funding to artists impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.
“We are grateful for every artist whose artmaking, music, writing, and more is helping us to navigate and cope through this harrowing time in our country,” United States Artists president and CEO Deana Haggag said in a statement. “The 2021 USA Fellows are a testament to the power of art in shaping the world around us and navigating its complexities.”
The complete list of 2021 USA Fellows follows below:
Architecture & Design
Jennifer Bonner / MALLWalter HoodOlalekan Jeyifous
Diedrick BrackensBisa ButlerAmber CowanSalvador Jiménez-FloresCannupa Hanska LugerTiff MasseyErin M. Riley
Ishmael Houston-JonesJanpiStarEmily JohnsonCynthia OliverNi’Ja Whitson
Faren HumesMacha ColónStephen MaingDarius Clark MonroeNaima Ramos-ChapmanJennifer Reeder
Morehshin AllahyariStephanie DinkinsLauren Lee McCarthyMother Cyborg
Martha GonzalezEdward “Kidd” JordanTomeka ReidWadada Leo SmithMazz Swift
Theater & Performance
Jibz CameronCarmelita TropicanaChristopher ChenSandra DelgadoIdris GoodwinMia KatigbakKaren Zacarías
Ofelia EsparzaNathan P. JacksonBasil KincaidKawika Lum-NelmidaCarolyn L. MazloomiGeo Soctomah NeptuneDelina White
Njideka Akunyili CrosbyLex Brownrafa esparzaMaria GasparSharon HayesCarolyn LazardDaniel Lind-RamosAki Sasamoto
Alexander CheeEve L. EwingHonorée Fanonne JeffersDunya MikhailElizabeth McCrackenNatalie Y. MooreDanez SmithOcean Vuong