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Top row: Firelei Báez, Juliana Huxtable, and Dyani White Hawk. Bottom row: Simone Leigh, Cecilia Vicuña, and Wu Tsang. Photo: United States Artists.
Top row: Firelei Báez, Juliana Huxtable, and Dyani White Hawk. Bottom row: Simone Leigh, Cecilia Vicuña, and Wu Tsang. Photo: United States Artists.

Juliana Huxtable and Wu Tsang Among Recipients of United States Artists Fellowships

The Chicago-based nonprofit organization United States Artists (USA) has awarded forty-five artists and collectives 2019 fellowships. The recipients—working across ten disciplines, including architecture and design, dance, film, theater and performance, and visual art, at all stages of their careers—will each be provided with $50,000. “The entirely unrestricted fellowships encourage artists to use the funds for whatever they need, be it housing, medical expenses, debt reduction, their artistic practice, or a much-needed vacation,” USA said in a statement.

This year’s six visual artists receiving fellowships are Firelei Báez, Juliana Huxtable, Simone Leigh, Wu Tsang, Cecilia Vicuña, and Dyani White Hawk. The fellows were each anonymously nominated by a group of scholars, critics, arts administrators, producers, curators, artists, field experts, and other cultural professionals. They were then invited to submit applications and work samples, which were reviewed by discipline-specific panels tasked with selecting the finalists.

“We believe in artists and are honored to support and care for them in this way,” said USA 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.”

Since it was founded by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson, and Prudential Foundations in 2006, USA has distributed over $25 million to more than five hundred artists and collectives.


The 2019 cohort is as follows:


Architecture and Design

Erin Besler & Ian Besler, architects and designers, Princeton, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, New York

Lucia Cuba, designer and textile artist, New York, New York

Keller Easterling, writer and designer, New Haven, Connecticut, and New York, New York



Coulter Fussell, quilter, Water Valley, Mississippi

Samuel Harvey, ceramicist, Aspen, Colorado

Michelle Holzapfel, wood carver, Marlboro, Vermont

Janice Lessman-Moss, digital weaver, Kent, Ohio

Carole Frances Lung, social-practice and performance artist, Long Beach, California



David Dorfman, choreographer, New London, Connecticut

Lenora Lee, dancer and choreographer, San Francisco, California

Alice Sheppard, dancer and choreographer, Los Altos, California

Merián Soto, dancer and choreographer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yara Travieso, choreographer and filmmaker, Brooklyn, New York



Nuotama Frances Bodomo, filmmaker, Queens, New York

Ramona S. Diaz, documentary filmmaker, Baltimore, Maryland

Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar, documentary filmmakers, Yellow Springs, Ohio



Hyphen-Labs, designers, New York, New York

Mitra Kaboli, multimedia artist and podcaster, Brooklyn, New York



Reena Esmail, composer, Pasadena, California

Susie Ibarra, percussionist and composer, New Paltz, New York

Roscoe Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Oakland, California

Helado Negro, avant-pop musician and performer, Brooklyn, New York

Tunde Olaniran, pop musician and performer, Flint, Michigan

Jen Shyu, vocalist and composer, Brooklyn, New York


Theater and Performance

Charlotte Brathwaite, director, New York, New York

Complex Movements, installation and performance collective, Detroit, Michigan

Rashida Bumbray, choreographer and performer, Brooklyn, New York

Teo Castellanos, theater artist, Miami, Florida

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, dramatist, Santa Barbara, California

Kaneza Schaal, theater artist, Brooklyn, New York


Traditional Arts

Juan Díes, Mexican folk musician, Chicago, Illinois

Gabriel Frey, traditional basketmaker, Orono, Maine

Arthur Lopez, wood sculptor, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Allison Akootchook Warden, multidisciplinary artist and performer, Anchorage, Alaska


Visual Art

Firelei Báez, multidisciplinary artist, New York, New York

Juliana Huxtable, multidisciplinary artist and writer, Brooklyn, New York

Simone Leigh, multidisciplinary artist, New York, New York

Wu Tsang, filmmaker and artist, Los Angeles, California

Cecilia Vicuña, multidisciplinary artist and poet, New York, New York

Dyani White Hawk, painter and mixed-media artist, Minneapolis, Minnesota



Lesley Nneka Arimah, fiction writer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lisa Armstrong, journalist, Brooklyn, New York

Lynda Barry, cartoonist, Footville, Wisconsin

Tarfia Faizullah, poet, Dallas, Texas

Rebecca Gayle Howell, poet, Lexington, Kentucky