Njideka Akunyili Crosby has been announced as a 2021 USA Fellow in Visual Art by United States Artists.
The award honours their creative accomplishments and supports their ongoing artistic and professional development. Fellowships are given in the following disciplines: Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Film, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing
‘The 2021 USA Fellows are a testament to the power of art in shaping the world around us and navigating its complexities. Artists do so much for our communities, and we are grateful to be able to support these sixty incredible practitioners and welcome them into the United States Artists Fellowship.’ – USA President & CEO Deana Haggag
Past awardees include painter and visual artist Howardena Pindell (2020), documentary flmmaker Laura Poitras (2010), writer Teju Cole (2015), potter Roberto Lugo (2016), multimedia artist Paul Chan (2007), dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard (2019), fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte (2009), flmmaker Barry Jenkins (2012), master Mardi Gras suitmaker Darryl Montana (2014), poet Claudia Rankine (2016), and multidisciplinary artist Martha Rosler (2008).
Image: Portrait of Njideka Akunyili Crosby © Brigitte Sire