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Announcing 50 New Legends
America’s Finest Artists:
The 2011 USA Fellows
  • Tim Robbins, Host, 2011 USA Fellows Celebration. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Dayna Hanson, USA Oliver Fellow, performing an excerpt from “Spirit Under Influence.” Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Dayna Hanson performing an excerpt from “Spirit Under Influence.” Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Samuel Hoi, Chair, USA Board of Directors. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Terry Allen, USA Oliver Fellow, and Bukka Allen performing “Billy the Boy” (medley from“ Pedal Steal”) and “Wilderness of this World.” Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Terry Allen and Bukka Allen. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Katharine DeShaw, USA Executive Director. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Kataryzyna Skarpetowska and Brian McGinnis from Lar Lubovitch Company performing “Meadows.” Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Kataryzyna Skarpetowska and Brian McGinnis from Lar Lubovitch Company performing “Meadows.” Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Octavio Solis, USA Ford Fellow, and Tim Robbins performing “Solis’ Santos y Santos.” Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Octavio Solis and Tim Robbins performing Solis' Santos y Santos. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Holcombe Waller, USA Berresford Fellow, performing “Qu'appelle Valley Saskatchewan” (written by Buffy Saint-Marie). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Holcombe Waller performing “Qu'appelle Valley Saskatchewan” (written by Buffy Saint-Marie). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Anna Brown Ehlers, USA Rasmuson Fellow. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Diane Kaplan, USA Board of Directors. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Terrance Hayes, USA Zell Fellow. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Cyro Baptista, USA Walker Fellow, performing “ANAIRRIÊ” from “Banquet of the Spirits.” Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Cyro Baptista and Timoth Keiper (on drums and kamel-ngoni). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • The 2011 USA Fellows. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Mark Bradford, USA Board of Directors, with Daniel Joseph Martinez, USA Broad Fellow. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Bill Pullman and Liz Lerman (USA Ford Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Lee Breuer (USA Ford Fellow) and Maude Mitchell. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Clay Allen and Anne Collins, USA National Leadership Committee. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Octavio Solis. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Renee Tajima-Pena, USA Broad Fellow, and John Jota Leanos, USA Friends Fellow. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Tim Robbins, Host. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Todd Simon, USA Board of Directors, and guests
  • Diane Kaplan, USA Board of Directors, with Anna Brown Ehlers and her brother. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Kwinn Doran (USA Fellows Celebration Producer), Tina Sanchez, and guest. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Tze Chun (USA Rockefeller Fellow) and Josh Welsh (Co-President of Film Independent). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Alex Rivera, USA Nimoy Fellow and Thuy Tran, USA Deputy Director of Communications. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Holcombe Waller. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Mary Ellen Childs (USA Friends Fellow) and guest. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Sarah Miller, Lar Lubovitch (USA Ford Fellow), and Ann Whitely. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Karla Aguiniga and Tanya Aguiniga (USA Target Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Katharine DeShaw and Tim Robbins. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Neilah Meyers, USA Artist Relations Specialist, Jessica Sirmans, USA Board Liaison, Deborah Dysart, USA Director of Development Operations. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • John Kjenner, USA Chief Financial Office. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Rick Lowe (USA Board of Directors) with Mike Smith (USA Lowe Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Director Tina Mabry (USA James Baldwin Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, USA Booth Fellows, with Thuy Tran. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Aastha Gaur, Jennifer Kobzik, and Zack Avshalomov, USA Artist Relations and Product Development Specialist. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • John Outterbridge (USA Gracie Fellow) with his niece, Mabel O. Wilson (USA Ford Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Producer Ron Yerxa, Steve James (USA Smith Fellow), and Annette Ballester. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Gabriella Morris (USA Board of Directors) and Katharine DeShaw. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • John Collins (USA Donnelley Fellow) and Shawn Donnelley (USA Board of Directors). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Kirk Lynn, USA Jane and Michael Klein Fellow, with Jeanne Klein, USA Board of Directors. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Nancy Keystone (USA Hoi Fellow) and Samuel Hoi. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Rosalba Rolòn (USA Board of Directors) and Teresa Hernández (USA Rolòn Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (USA Guthman Fellow) and Jack Guthman, USA Board of Directors. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Elizabeth Collins (USA Board of Directors) and Anne Collins (USA National Leadership Committee). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Lee Breuer (USA Ford Fellow) and Carolee Schneemann (USA Rockefeller Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Peter Cummings (USA Board of Directors) and Sean Shepherd (USA Van Dusen Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Jocelyn McCormick (USA Creative and Events Director)and Kwinn Doran (USA Celebration Producer). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Lorraine O'Grady (2011 USA Rockefeller Fellow) and Jeanne Klein. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Leslie Ito (California Community Foundation) and guests. Photo © Brant Brogan
  • J. Morgan Puett (USA Simon Fellow), Todd Simon (USA Board of Directors),and Sxip Shirey (USA Simon Fellow). Photo © Brant Brogan
  • Samuel Hoi, John Outterbridge, and friend. Photo © Brant Brogan
Every year, 50 new USA Fellows are honored with awards of $50,000 each. All 50 artists were brought together for a special celebration that was hosted by Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins. The celebration featured performances by the world's finest dancers, poets, playwrights, and musicians. Watch highlights of the show below.