During a news conference today (April 3,2014) where Michelle Boone-Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner, Carolina Jayaram former Director of Chicago Artists Coalition and current CEO of United States Artists announced that USA will move from Los Angeles to Chicago!!!
This is a major coup for our city as Unites States Artists (USA) is one of the nation’s largest grant-making and advocacy organizations, supporting artists across eight major disciplines. This is also a notch to Mayor Emanuel’s commitment to the arts in Chicago. Jack Guthman a well respected art supporter, collector and figure in the art scene not only in Chicago but globally and Shawn Donnelley are local USA board members.
“Chicago is an epicenter for creative activity and is currently experiencing an artistic renaissance. It is the site for many of the world’s best visual and performing arts venues and is a home to thousands of artists working in all types of media, making it the ideal place for USA to grow as we enter the next phase of our development,” -Carolina Jayaram
In the past five years, USA has raised a $10 million permanent endowment and has granted $19 million to 371 artists, with more than 91% of awards used to develop new art. Past USA Fellows include visual artists Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker and Catherine Opie; designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte); performing artist Meredith Monk; jazz composer Jason Moran; ballet dancer and choreographerBenjamin Millepied; choreographer Bill T. Jones and writer Sapphire. Chicago-based USA Fellows include visual artists Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, David Hartt, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, William Pope.L, Catherine Sullivan and Chris Ware; architect Douglas A. Garafolo; dancers and choreographersMatthew Goulish, Lin Hixon and Bebe Miller; media artist Steven Robert James; musician Ella Louise Jenkins and writers Alexander Hemon and LeAnne Howe. New York-based Lar Lubovitch, who founded the Chicago Dancing Festival, also is an awardee. This year’s group of illustrious fellows will be announced in Chicago in late 2014.
*photos: Dan Rest