Puerto Ricans artists Bea Santiago Muñoz and Quique Rivera Rivera won a United States Artists 2016 Fellowship Awards

United States Artists has announced the recipients of forty-six of its 2016 Fellowship Awards. The honorees include the Puerto Rican artists Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and Quique Rivera Rivera. Working across nine disciplines—architecture and design, crafts, dance, literature, media, music, theater and performance, traditional arts, and visual arts—the artists will receive an unrestricted $50,000 prize in support of their artistic practices.

"By supporting American artists, USA is supporting creativity, free expression, and a strong diverse culture,” Interim President and CEO Sunny Fischer said. “Our Fellows cross all ages, ethnicities, and stages in their careers. Each has a unique artistic voice that expands the creative environment of the United States. It is an honor to support these artists, contribute to their financial security, and to facilitate future works. We are encouraging the best of what American artists can achieve.”

Since it was established in 2006, United States Artists has given out almost $25 million to nearly five hundred artists. Last year’s award winners included Awilda Sterling-Duprey, afro Puerto Rican dancer.

The 2016 fellows are:

Architecture and Design
Janet Echelman, USA Barr Fellow (Brookline, MA) ; Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee (Johnston Marklee), USA Oliver Fellows (Los Angeles, CA)

Vivian Beer, USA Windgate Fellow (Manchester, NH) ;Lauren Fensterstock, USA Barr Fellow (Portland, ME) ; Anna Hepler, USA Barr Fellow (Eastport, ME); Roberto Lugo, USA Barr Fellow (Marlboro, VT); Annabeth Rosen, USA Distinguished Fellow (Davis, CA); Piper Shepard, USA Distinguished Fellow (Baltimore, MD) ; April Surgent, USA Ford Fellow (Port Townsend, WA)

Michelle Dorrance, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY) ; Faye Driscoll, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY) ; Donna Uchizono, USA Doris Duke Fellow (New York, NY); Rosie Herrera, USA Sarah Arison Fellow (Miami, FL); Steve Paxton, USA Barr Fellow (East Charleston, VT); Yvonne Rainer, USA Doris Duke Fellow (New York, NY); Raphael Xavier, USA Knight Fellow (Philadelphia, PA)

Amitava Kumar, USA Ford Fellow (Poughkeepsie, NY); Claudia Rankine, USA Zell Fellow (Claremont, CA)


Steven Paul Judd, USA Hatch Fellow (Norman, OK); Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA Smith Fellow (San Francisco, CA); Quique Rivera Rivera, USA Simon Fellow (Glendale, CA)

Raven Chacon, USA Distinguished Fellow (Albuquerque, NM); Vijay Iyer, USA Cummings Fellow (New York, NY); Eddy Kwon, USA Ford Fellow (Cincinnati, OH); Mike Reed, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Chicago, IL); Dianne Reeves, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Denver, CO); Randy Weston, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY)

Theater and Performance
Daniel Alexander Jones, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Bronx, NY); Miranda July, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Los Angeles, CA); Hirokazu Kosaka, USA Andrew W. Mellon Fellow (Torrance, CA); Young Jean Lee, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Brooklyn, NY); Jefferson Pinder, USA Joyce Fellow (Chicago, IL); Peggy Shaw, USA Doris Duke Fellow (New York, NY)

Traditional Arts
Teri Greeves, USA Distinguished Fellow (Santa Fe, NM); Cherice Harrison-Nelson, USA Distinguished Fellow (New Orleans, LA); Ernie Marsh, USA Katie Weitz Fellow (Lovell, WY); Vicky Holt Takamine, USA Doris Duke Fellow (Aiea, Hawaii)

Visual Arts
Charles Atlas, USA Gracie Fellow (New York, NY) ; Senga Nengudi, USA Ford Fellow (Colorado Springs, CO); Shirin Neshat, USA Rockefeller Fellow (New York, NY); Winfred Rembert, USA Barr Fellow (New Haven, CT); Laurie Jo Reynolds, USA Shari D. Behnke Fellow (Chicago, IL); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, USA Ford Fellow (San Juan, PR); Jacolby Satterwhite, USA Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellow (Brooklyn, NY); Stanley Whitney, USA Jeanne & Michael Klein Fellow (New York, NY)