United States Artists
980 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 470-6325


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Dan Duray, Cultural Counsel
Francesca Hall, Cultural Counsel





  • What is United States Artists?

    United States Artists (USA) is a national arts funding organization based in Chicago, IL. We raise money and redistribute it in the form of unrestricted awards to this country’s most compelling artists and cultural practitioners. Since our founding in 2006, we have awarded more than 500 individuals with over $25 million of direct support.

  • How are our awardees selected?

    USA Fellows are anonymously nominated by a geographically diverse and rotating group of scholars, critics, arts administrators, producers, curators, artists, field experts, and other cultural professionals. Each nominated artist is then invited to submit an application and work samples. We then convene discipline-specific panels comprised of artists, curators, historians, experts, academics, and producers who review all applications and select the finalists, who are then approved by our Board of Trustees. The Berresford Prize awardee is selected through an internal nomination and review process. Please note that there is not an open application or nomination process for any of our awards.

  • Who funds USA?

    USA is funded by a broad range of philanthropic foundations, companies, and individuals committed to cultivating contemporary culture in the United States. To learn more about USA and our funders, visit our support page.



  • 2019-20 Internships_

    United States Artists (USA) is currently seeking three interns to work with our Programs, Communications, and Development staff over the 2019-20 academic year. These part-time positions are paid and will report directly to our CEO, Directors, and Managers. In addition to their administrative duties, interns will work together to publish Anthology, an annual publication produced entirely by the intern team with support and guidance from USA staff. Each issue highlights the breadth of perspectives found in the incoming class of USA Fellows in efforts to deepen the connections between them and expand the way their work connects to the world around us. For more information about how to apply, please click the link below.