Archive for November 15, 2007

United States Artists Announces USA Fellows for 2007

from today’s USA Artists e-blast:

“Today, United States Artists announces 50 new USA Fellows. The youngest is 30 and the oldest is 87, and they come from every corner of the country. From a totem pole carver in Alaska who deftly updates ancient traditions to a New York jazz composer stretching the outer limits of musical form, they are 50 of the finest artists working in America today.

Each will receive an unsrestricted $50,000 grant in recognition of his or her creative work. Thanks to the vision of USA’s four founding foundations and generous support from the members of our National Leadership Committee, all 50 fellowships have been fully underwritten and named.”

For the complete list of 2007 Fellows, click here

Artists Uta Barth, Allan Sekula and Zoe Strauss are among the Fellows who work with photography.

USA Artists was launched with seed funding from the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson Foundations.

From the September 5, 2006 Ford Foundation’s press release:
“The $20 million in seed funding from the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson foundations represents an ambitious private investment in individual artists and the creative vibrancy of America. In addition to offering grants, USA will be an advocate for artists and their contributions to the social and economic health of the nation.

Of equal significance, USA offers a structure for private donors, corporate philanthropies and other donors to come together to form a permanent endowment that will support individual artists in perpetuity. Arts patrons Agnes Gund of New York, Eli Broad and Edythe Broad of Los Angeles, the Todd Simpson Foundation of Nebraska, and Target Stores have already committed to underwriting USA Fellowships for the coming years.”

I encourage all of you to visit this website and learn about their mission and about philanthropy in the arts.

Lastly, a reminder: individuals may not apply for these amazing grants – nominations are solicited – anonymous nominations. If you don’t share your work publically, it is less likely you will be nominated for this and other awards that are gifted by a system of anonymous nominations. Please, get your work out – enter competitions, attend review events locally and nationally, build and maintain a targeted mailing list and inform others about your creative endeavors.

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