2015 United States Artists Fellows Announced

2015 United States Artists Fellows Announced

Published on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
Cristina Córdova sculpture

One of Cristina Córdova's ceramic sculptures. Photo: Robyn Dryer

Six craft artists have been honored as United States Artists Fellows for 2015. The six – Cristina Córdova, Mark Hewitt, Ayumi Horie, Amos Paul Kennedy, Therman Statom, and Anne Wilson – are among 37 new USA Fellows in nine disciplines, ranging from architecture and dance to literature and visual art.

Each Fellow receives $50,000 to further his or her artistic practice; use of the money is unrestricted. And that makes a difference. “I feel like I get to dream again and not be in a constant rush to make more stuff,” says Ayumi Horie, a potter and ACC trustee who lives in Portland, Maine.

Cordova is a ceramic sculptor in Penland, North Carolina. Hewitt, of Pittsboro, North Carolina, is known for his gigantic ceramic pots and planters. Kennedy is a letterpress printer in Detroit, Michigan. Statom works with sheet glass in Omaha, Nebraska. And Wilson is a fiber and performance artist and educator in Evanston, Illinois.

More than 400 artists were nominated in the competition; winners were chosen by panels of experts in each artistic discipline. More than $20 million has been awarded to almost 450 artists through the USA Fellows program since its inception in 2006. Grant money comes from a number of American foundations.