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Still from Moonlight, 2016, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a 2018 USA fellow. Courtesy: United States Artists.

United States Artists Announces 2018 Fellows

United States Artists (USA), the Chicago-based organization established by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson, and Prudential Foundations in 2006 to promote contemporary artists, announced today that forty-five artists and collectives across nine disciplines have been awarded fellowships. Recipients will each receive $50,000 in recognition of their creative accomplishments and in support of their artistic practices.

“Our 2018 USA Fellows represent the remarkable breadth and depth of the American cultural landscape,” said United States Artists Board Chair Steven H. Oliver. “We are thrilled to be able to make these awards possible and to provide a windfall to help support artists so that they can continue to be keepers of our collective humanity.” Among this year’s recipients are artists Abigail DeVille, Vanessa German, Dread Scott, and Cauleen Smith; choreographers and performers Oguri, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Amara Tabor-Smith; playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney; and writers Molly Brown, Lucas Mann, and Fred Moten.

USA’s 2018 fellows were selected by a panel of experts in the disciplines of architecture and design, craft, dance, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, visual art, and writing. Their selections, drawn from a peer-nominated pool of more than five hundred applicants, were then approved by the organization’s board. To date, USA has distributed more than $22 million to a diverse group of more than five hundred artists and collaborative initiatives.

The full list of USA’s 2018 fellows is as follows:

Architecture & Design
Norman Kelley (Carrie Norman, Thomas Kelley), architects & designers (Chicago)
Amanda Williams, public artist (Chicago)

Craft
Julia Galloway, potter (Missoula, MT)
Tony Marsh, ceramicist (San Pedro, CA)
Martinez Studio (Wence Martinez, Sandra Martinez), weavers and painters/designers (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
Warren Newton Seelig, sculptor (Rockland, ME)
Patti Warashina, ceramicist (Seattle)

Dance
Oguri, dancer and choreographer (Venice, CA)
Okwui Okpokwasili, performer and choreographer (Brooklyn, NY)
Allison Orr, choreographer (Austin)
Bill Shannon, performance and video artist (Pittsburgh)
Amara Tabor-Smith, dancer and choreographer (Oakland, CA)

Media
Starlee Kine, podcaster and writer (Brooklyn, NY)
Terence Nance, artist (Brooklyn, NY)
Elaine McMillion Sheldon, filmmaker (Morgantown, WV)
TNEG (Elissa Blount Moorhead, Arthur Jafa, Malik Sayeed), filmmakers (Baltimore and Los Angeles)

Music
Terence Blanchard, trumpeter and composer (New Orleans)
Amir ElSaffar, multi-instrumentalist and composer (New York, NY)
Ruthie Foster, singer and songwriter (Atlanta)
Tania León, composer and conductor (Nyack, NY)
Danilo Pérez, pianist and composer (Quincy, MA)
Toshi Reagon, musician (Brooklyn, NY)
Wayne Shorter, composer (Los Angeles)
Somi, vocalist and songwriter (New York)
Tyshawn Sorey, composer and musician (New Haven, CT)

Theater & Performance
Luis Alfaro, playwright (Los Angeles)
Lileana Blain-Cruz, theater director (New York)
Las Nietas de Nonó (Lydela Nonó, Michel Nonó), performance artists (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico)
Tarell Alvin McCraney, writer (Miami)
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, Alexandro Segade), performance art collective (New York and Los Angeles)
Mary Kathryn Nagle, playwright (Tulsa, OK)

Traditional Arts
D.Y. Begay, textile artist (Santa Fe, NM)
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, mixed-media artist (Anchorage)
Dawn Nichols Walden, basketry fiber artist (Vulcan, MI)

Visual Art
Cassils, multidisciplinary and performance artist (Los Angeles)
Abigail DeVille, installation artist (Bronx, NY)
Vanessa German, sculptor and citizen artist (Pittsburgh)
Pepón Osorio, installation artist (Philadelphia)
Ebony G. Patterson, painter and mixed-media artist (Lexington, KY)
Dread Scott, multidisciplinary artist (Brooklyn, NY)
Cauleen Smith, multidisciplinary artist (Los Angeles)

Writing
Molly Brown, poet and essayist (Sweet Briar, VA)
Lucas Mann, literary nonfiction writer (Providence)
Fred Moten, poet and cultural critic (New York)
Susan Muaddi Darraj, fiction writer (Phoenix, MD)

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