Just wanted to share some exciting news! I am so honored to announce I am a recipient of the Latinx Artist Fellowship. The Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation announced on May 12th the newest cohort of the Latinx Artist Fellowship—a multiyear initiative administered by the US Latinx Art Forum (USLAF) in collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts. In its second year, the fellowship recognizes 15 of the most compelling Latinx visual artists working in the United States today, and aims to address a systemic lack of support, visibility, and patronage of Latinx visual artists—individuals of Latin American or Caribbean descent, born or living in the United States.
The 2022 Latinx Artist Fellows are:
Tanya Aguiñiga, Candida Alvarez, María Magdalena Campos Pons, Maria Gaspar, Jay Lynn Gomez, Lucia Hierro, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Koyoltzintli, Leslie Martinez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Las Nietas de Nonó, Carmelita Tropicana, Juana Valdés, Vincent Valdez.
The 2022 Fellowship class was chosen to reflect the diversity that exists within the Latinx community, highlighting the practices of women-identified, queer, and non-binary artists, as well as those from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, ranging from Chicanx and Ecuadorian-American to Afro-Cuban and Indigenous. The cohort includes artists working in locations such as Baroda, Michigan; Farmington, New Mexico; San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico; and Nashville, Tennessee, while the aesthetic practices represented by the fellows span installation art, abstraction, and performance, as well as contemporary craft, textile, and fiber-based work. Deliberately intergenerational, it is equally divided between emerging, mid-career, and established artists.