Fellowships are $50,000 unrestricted awards recognizing artists for their contributions to the field, and allowing them to decide how to best support their lives.

The 2020 USA Fellowships were generously made possible by: Anonymous, Sarah Arison, Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Ann M. Hatch, David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Steven H. and Nancy K. Oliver, Pillars Fund, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation, The Todd and Betiana Simon Foundation, Paul and Annette Smith, Walder Foundation, Katie Weitz, PhD, Windgate Charitable Foundation, Helen Zell, and USA Board of Trustees. | Press Release


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2020 USA Fellow
Architecture & Design


New York, NY
Sara Zewde
2020 USA Fellow
Architecture & Design


Landscape Architect and Public Artist
Harlem, NY
Slow and Steady Wins the Race by Mary Ping
2020 USA Fellow
Architecture & Design

Slow and Steady Wins the Race by Mary Ping

New York, NY
Theater & Performance
Traditional Arts
Visual Art


  • Architecture & Design

  • Jose Esparza Chong Cuy
    Executive Director
    Storefront for Art and Architecture
    New York, NY
  • Monica Khemsurov
    Sight Unseen
    New York, NY
  • Zoë Ryan
    John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture & Design
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
  • Craft

  • Ayumi Horie
    Portland, ME
    2015 USA Fellow
  • Shannon Stratton
    Chief Curator
    Museum of Art and Design
    New York, NY
  • Namita Gupta Wiggers
    Director, Master in Craft
    Warren Wilson College
    Portland, OR
  • Dance

  • Barbara Bryan
    Executive Director
    Movement Research
    New York, NY
  • Faye Driscoll
    Dancer and Choreographer
    Brooklyn, NY
    2016 USA Fellow
  • Jodee Nimerichter
    Executive Director
    American Dance Festival
    Durham, NC
  • Film

  • Deirdre Haj
    Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
    Durham, NC
  • Maori Holmes
    Blackstar Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Dee Rees
    New York, NY
    2011 USA Fellow
  • Media

  • Stephanie Pereira
    Director, NEW INC
    New Museum
    New York, NY
  • Sydney Skybetter
    Choreographer & Founder
    Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces
    Providence, RI
  • Music

  • Mary Ellen Childs
    Composer and Multimedia Artist
    St. Paul, MN
    2011 USA Fellow
  • Drew Klein
    Performing Arts Director
    Contemporary Arts Center
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Mike Reed
    Drummer and Composer
    Chicago, IL
    2016 USA Fellow
  • Theater & Performance

  • Emilya Cachapero
    Director of Artistic Programs
    Theatre Communications Group
    New York, NY
  • Megan Carney
    Founding Artistic Director
    About Face Theatre
    Chicago, IL
  • Katherine Brewer Ball
    Assistant Professor of Performance Studies
    Wesleyan University
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Traditional Arts

  • Amy Kitchener
    Executive Director
    Alliance for California Traditional Arts
    Fresno, CA
  • Sabrina Lynn Motley
    Festival Director and Associate Director
    Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
    Washington, D.C.
  • Patsy Phillips
    IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
    Santa Fe, NM
  • Visual Art

  • Hendrik Folkerts
    Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
  • Amy Sadao
    ICA Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Cara Starke
    Pulitzer Foundation
    St. Louis, MO
  • Writing

  • Glory Edim
    Well-Read Black Girl
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Lisa Lucas
    Executive Director
    National Book Foundation
    New York, NY
  • Achy Obejas
    Fiction Writer, Journalist, and Poet
    Oakland, CA
    2014 USA Fellow

Titles and organizations reflect the moment in which the panels took place.