United States Artists Announces 2022 Fellowships

January 28th, 2022

Chicago-based nonprofit United States Artists (USA) on Thursday announced sixty-three recipients of its 2022 fellowships. Each will receive $50,000, no strings attached. The honorees—working across the disciplines of architecture and design, craft, dance, film, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, visual art, and writing—together comprise the organization’s largest class of fellows whose work represents what USA cast as “a growing commitment to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices.”

“These sixty-three fellows are representative of the magnificent range of disciplines and diversity of our nation’s artists,” said USA board chair Ed Henry in a statement. USA has awarded more than $36 million in support to more than 750 artists since its founding sixteen years ago.

The 2022 fellowship winners represent twenty-three states and Puerto Rico. Of this year’s cohort, 20 percent are Native and Indigenous. Among these are painter Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe), textile artist Melissa Cody (Dine’), musician Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), and artist and educator Marty Two Bulls Jr. (Oglala Sioux). Seventeen percent are disabled, including Robert Andy Coombs, who characterizes himself as a “gay quadriplegic photographer” and poet and musician JJJJJerome Ellis, a self-described “blk disabled animal, stutterer, and artist.”

In the category of Architecture and Design, a field in which practitioners of color have long been woefully underrepresented, many winners are BIPOC, including Nina Cooke John, whose glowing red-metal Point of Action graced Manhattan’s Flatiron Plaza as the Covid-19 crisis entered the first icy months of winter 2020. Another winner in this category is SO – IL (Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg), who recently remade a former plumbing-supply warehouse into Brooklyn’s sleek and minimalist Amant Foundation.

“The 2022 USA Fellows were selected for their remarkable artistic vision, their commitment to community — both in their specific communities and their discipline at large — and the potential to influence future generations,” said USA program director Lynnette Miranda in a statement.

The complete list of fellows is below.

Architecture & Design

Germane BarnesMiami

Nina Cooke JohnMontclair, NJ

Design EarthCambridge, MA

Dream The Combine (Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers) Minneapolis and Ithaca, NY

SO – IL (Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg)Brooklyn, NY

Craft

Indira AllegraOakland, CA

Sharif BeySyracuse, NY

Melissa CodyLong Beach, CA

Alison Croney MosesBoston

Jovencio de la PazEugene, OR

Sharif FarragLos Angeles

Jordan NassarNew York

Dance

luciana achugarBrooklyn, NY

Ayo AlstonChicago, IL

Jenn Freeman | Po’ChopChicago

Rosy SimasMni Sota Makoce, MN

Pramila VasudevanSt. Paul, MN

Viveca VázquezSan Juan, Puerto Rico

Netta YerushalmyNew York

WondertwinsBoston

Film

Assia BoundaouiBridgeview, IL, and Chicago

Elegance BrattonBaltimore

Ekwa MsangiBrooklyn, NY

Diane ParagasBrooklyn, NY

Keisha Rae WitherspoonMiami

Media

American ArtistNew York

Salome AsegaNew York

Critical Design LabNashville; Troy, NY; and Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY)

Andy SlaterBerwyn, IL

Music

JJJJJerome EllisVirginia Beach, VA

Kenny EndoHonolulu

Jin Hi KimBridgeport, CT

Laura OrtmanBrooklyn, NY

Jeff ParkerAltadena, CA

QacungBethel, AK

Martha RedboneBrooklyn, NY

Craig TabornBrooklyn, NY

Theater & Performance

Nataki GarrettAshland, OR

Marga GomezSan Francisco

Lars America JanLos Angeles

Machine DazzleNew York

DeLanna StudiCherokee Nation, OK

Traditional Arts

César Castro, JarocheloLos Angeles

Peggie L HartwellSummerville, SC

Karen Ann HoffmanStevens Point, WI

Las ImaginistasRio Grande Delta Carrizo Comecrudo Territory Maiza, Brownsville, TX

Brett RatliffLexington, KY

Marty Two Bulls Jr.Rapid City, SD

Peter WilliamsSitka, AK

Visual Art

Andrea CarlsonChicago

Robert Andy CoombsMiami

Jorge González SantosBorikén, Puerto Rico

Lonnie HolleyAtlanta

Nicole MarroquinChicago

Olu OguibeVernon Rockville, CT

Jordan WeberCambridge, MA

Peter WilliamsWilmington, DE

Writing

Chen ChenWaltham, MA

Kiese LaymonOxford, MS

Dawn Lundy MartinPittsburgh

Leroy F. Moore Jr.Los Angeles

Emmy PérezMcAllen, TX

Grace TalusanBoston