Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Nov. 11, 2015 – Academy alumni Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) were both named 2015 United States Artists Fellows. Representing nine creative disciplines, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 award and recognition as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists. There were 36 Fellows selected this year working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.
According to United States Artists (USA), Fellows are selected through a rigorous, highly competitive process involving hundreds of experts, scholars, administrators and artists. Created in 2006 by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson and Prudential Foundations with $22 million in seed funding, United States Artists was founded to address the lack of unrestricted funding available to artists. USA is currently funded by a broad range of philanthropic foundations and individuals committed to cultivating the vibrant character of contemporary culture in America. Through its signature USA Fellows program, United States Artists has distributed over $21 million in support of almost 450 artists.
Anne Wilson currently resides in Chicago, IL where she is a Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at institutions including MCA Chicago, ICA Boston, Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her work is currently on display in Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Muecke works from his studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. Since graduating from the Academy in 2010, his work has been acquisitioned by renowned institutions including the Museum of Arts and Design (New York) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2014 Jonathan was awarded the pavilion commission from Design Miami.
For the full list of fellows, click here.