Wangechi Mutu, Leslie Hewitt, and 32 Others Win $50,000 Grants From United States Artists

United States Artists — a non-profit founded by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson and Prudential Foundations back in 2006 — has announced its 2014 fellows. Awarded $50,000 grants each, the 34 recipients span genres from architecture to dance to literature. This year’s visual arts winners include Wangechi Mutu, Leslie Hewitt, Mary Heilmann, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sandow Birk, Willie Birch, and Edouard Duval Carrié.

“USA Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers, who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work,” United States Artists CEO Carolina Garcia Jayaram said in a statement. “We are honored to present this year’s Fellows, a group of artists who were selected through a rigorous, highly competitive process. Our Fellows embody originality across every creative discipline, celebrating the broad range of artistic practices in every region of the county, and cultivating a creative ecology that is diverse in age, race, eligion, gender, and sexual orientation.”

— Ashton Cooper (ashton_cooper)

(Photo: Kathryn Parker Almanas)