Visual arts

Mellon and Ford Foundations Announce Second Cohort of Latinx Artist Fellows

The US Latinx Art Forum, with support from the Mellon and Ford Foundations, will offer 15 other visual artists unrestricted prizes from $50,000

NEW YORK, May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation announced today the new cohort of the Latinx Artist Scholarship—a multi-year initiative administered by the American 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 United States today, and aims to address a systemic lack of support, visibility and patronage of Latinx visual artists – individuals from Latin America or Caribbean descent, born or living in United States.

The first initiative of its kind launched in 2021, with a combined commitment from $5 million from the Mellon and Ford Foundations to provide $50,000 in unrestricted funds each to a total of 75 Latinx visual artists through 2025. Additional funds support scholarship administration and capacity building at USLAF.

The Fellowship Class of 2022 was chosen to reflect the diversity that exists within the Latinx community, highlighting the practices of female-identified, queer, and non-binary artists, as well as those of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds, ranging from Chicanx and Ecuadorian-American to Afro-Cuban and Indigenous. The cohort includes artists working in places such as Baroda, Michigan; Farmington, New Mexico; San Anton, Carolina, Porto Rico; and Nashville, TN, while the aesthetic practices represented by the fellows span installation art, abstraction and performance, as well as contemporary crafts, textiles and fiber-based work. Voluntarily intergenerational, it is also shared between emerging, mid-career and established artists.

The 2022 Latinx Scholars are:

Tanya Aguiniga

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood

Juana Valdes

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Craft-based artist and activist

Contemporary Fiber Artist

Multidisciplinary artist

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Lives and works in Gualala, California

Lives and works in Miami, FL and New York, NY

Mary Gaspar

Amalia Mesa-Bains

Leslie Martinez

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Interdisciplinary artist

Installation artist, curator and writer

Visual artist and painter

Lives and works in Chicago, IL

Lives and works in Monterey, CA and San Francisco, CA

Lives and works in Dallas, Texas

Candida Alvarez

Carmelita Tropicana

Las Nietas de Nono

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Visual artist and painter

Writer and performance artist

Multidisciplinary artists

Lives and works in Baroda, MI and Chicago, IL

Lives and works in New York, NY

Lives and works in San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico

Jay Lynn Gomez

Koyoltzintli

Vincent Valdez

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Painter and sculptor

Interdisciplinary artist

Visual artist and painter

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Lives and works in New York, NY

Lives and works in Houston, Texas

Maria Magdalena Campos Pons

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas


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Multimedia artist

Multidisciplinary artist


Lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee

Lives and works in Farmington, New Mexico


Lucie Hierro



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Sculpture and installation artist



Lives and works in New York, NY






Fellows were selected by a jury of curators from partner organizations, current fellows and arts practitioners: Rita Gonzalez (Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Marcela Guerrero (Jennifer Rubio Associate Curator, Whitney Museum american art, New York), Cesareo Moreno (Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago), Elia Alba (Multidisciplinary artist based in BronxNY), Celia Alvarez Munoz (Conceptual artist based in Arlington, TX), Vic Quezada (Interdisciplinary artist based in Northampton, MA), and danilo machado (poet and producer of public programs at the Brooklyn Museum). Jurors evaluated more than 200 nominees recommended by invited external nominators with expertise in Latinx art.

“USLAF is thrilled to continue its mission to champion and elevate the important work of Latinx artists,” said Pink SalsedaPhD, Associate Director, US Latinx Art Forum. “The second cohort, like the first, represents the dynamic range of aesthetic practices that speak to the complex and diverse experiences of Latinx people across United States and in Porto Rico.”

“As the Latinx Artist Fellowship enters its second year, we at Mellon are energized by the extraordinary range of work these fifteen artists envision and create, and the powerful perspectives and stories they bring to visual arts,” said Elizabeth AlexanderPresident of the Mellon Foundation. “We congratulate this second cohort of fellows and are proud to join Ford in supporting the US Latinx Art Forum.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Mellon and the US Latinx Art Forum to welcome and celebrate the second cohort of Latinx Artist Fellows,” said Darren Walkerpresident of the Ford Foundation. “These fifteen visual artists bring an unparalleled range of perspectives and practices to the initiative and have had an indelible impact on American art today.”

The scholarship is part of the Latinx Art Visibility Initiativeled by the Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Currently in its first phase, the three-pronged initiative will further include support for museums engaged in the collection and study of Latinx art; and partnerships in academia to support faculty and students engaged in the study of Latino art and artists.

Despite a centuries-old history of contributions to American art, Latinx artists have been consistently marginalized in American art history. Although Latinx people make up nearly 20% of the total US population and are the largest minority majority in many parts of the country, Latinx causes and organizations traditionally receive less than 2% of philanthropic funding, while the annual funding for Latinx arts and culture has declined. 35% per year since 2013, from $39 million for $13 million.

The fellowship and largest Latinx art visibility initiative is a long-awaited opportunity to uplift Latinx artists and provide financial support to expand and secure their place in American art and history. art. .

For more information on the Latinx Artist Fellowship, visit mellon.org/latinx-artist-fellowship/.

About US Latinx Art Forum
Since 2015, the US Latinx Art Forum (USLAF) has supported the creation of a more equitable art world by advocating for artists and arts professionals dedicated to Latinx art through research, studio practice, pedagogy and writing. USLAF generates and supports initiatives that benefit an intergenerational network of nearly 700 members and advance the vitality of Latinx art within universities, art institutions and collections. Past initiatives have included collecting data to track the growth of Latinx art history in academia, which in turn has fueled advocacy efforts for greater representation of Latinx art; a closed-door meeting with stakeholders to understand the pressing issues facing Latinx artists and cultural workers; and the Mazorca Initiative, a micro-grants program launched in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing threats to justice caused by systemic racism and xenophobia.

About the Mellon Foundation
The Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest support for the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its fundamental belief that the humanities and the arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence and freedom that is found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched with meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imaginations can thrive. Learn more about melon.org.

About the Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent organization that fights inequality and builds a future based on justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change around the world, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human rights. human achievements. Today, with an endowment of $16 billionthe foundation is headquartered in New York and 10 regional offices across Africa, Asia, Latin Americaand the Middle East. Learn more about www.fordfoundation.org.

SOURCE Ford Foundation