United States Artists
200 West Madison Street, Fl 3
Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 470-6325


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United States Artists (USA) is a national arts funding organization headquartered in Chicago, IL. We raise money and redistribute resources to the country’s most compelling artists and cultural practitioners. We focus on supporting and centering individual artists through unrestricted awards, professional services, and content development.

Each year we award up to fifty USA Fellowships and one Berresford Prize. USA Fellowships are annual $50,000 unrestricted awards recognizing the most compelling artists working and living in the United States at every stage of their career. Fellowships are given in the following disciplines: Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Film, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing.  The Berresford Prize is an unrestricted $25,000 award given annually to a cultural practitioner who has contributed significantly to the advancement, well-being, and care of artists in society. 

In addition to our own award programs, we administer a range of fellowships through our initiatives on behalf of foundations, philanthropists, and field partners seeking to develop programs that support individual artists. We are currently administering Artist Relief, Disability Futures, and the Knight Arts + Tech Fellowship.

Our rigorous nomination and panel selection processes can take up to an entire year to complete. Artists are anonymously nominated to apply by a diverse and rotating group of arts professionals. Applications are then reviewed by panels tailored specifically for each award or initiative, who select the finalists. At this time, there is not an open application or nomination process for any of our awards or initiatives.

Unwavering support is critical as our field fights to protect artists in a moment of economic uncertainty. USA is funded by a broad range of philanthropic foundations, companies, and individuals committed to cultivating contemporary culture in the United States. Learn more about our funders here.



  • President and Chief Executive Officer _

    United States Artists seeks an innovative, inclusive, inspirational, and broadly connected leader who is passionate about the arts and supporting artists across disciplines, and who is captivated by the opportunity to successfully lead and advance a nationally-recognized funding organization. The CEO will be a person of deep curiosity, whose professional experience and personal characteristics inspire confidence and trust among internal and external constituencies. In addition to exhibiting clear management acumen, this person must have a passion for leadership and must understand the role of artists across disciplines in society and in constantly evolving environments throughout this country.