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15 Latinx Fellow Artists Receive $50,000 Grants

This year’s Latinx Artist Fellows (image courtesy of US Latinx Art Forum)

Fifteen American artists of Latin American and Caribbean descent were named Latinx Artists Fellows this year. The scholarship is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, and the program is a collaboration between the New York Foundation for the Arts and the US Latinx Art Forum.

The 2022 Latinx Artist Fellows, announced yesterday May 12, include Brooklyn-based painter Candida Alvarez, Californian Jay Lynn Gomez and Cuban-born artist Juana Valdés. A full list of scholarship recipients can be found at the end of this article.

Koyoltzintli is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in New York. Her work focuses on storytelling, rituals and history. Koyoltzintli, “The Medicine Man and His Helpers” (2017), from the series in the mouth of the mountain jaguar…photography and oil painting intervention (image courtesy of the Ford Foundation)

Each scholar will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds. This is the second year of the scholarship, and the Ford and Mellon Foundations have pledged a total of $5 million to award 75 scholarships through 2025. The American Latinx Art Forum, which administers the scholarship, seeks to increase the visibility of Latinx artists and cultural workers – many of whom have been sidelined by the discipline of art history – in museums and universities. The organization also distributes other grants to artists, such as the CHARLA Fundwhich supports creators in projects centered on conversations between artists.

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood lives and works in Gualala, California, where she uses fiber art to render the US-Mexico border. “Run, Jane, run!” (2014), woven cotton, linen, cloth, barbed wire, and duct tape, Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, museum purchase made possible by the Alturas Foundation (image courtesy of the Ford Foundation)

Fellowship mediums range from performance art to fiber art to painting. The program is “deliberately intergenerational”, according to a Press releasewith a third of scholarship holders at the start of their career, another third in the middle and the last the third being established artists. Fellows, who must live and work in the United States, reside throughout the country. They were selected from over 200 nominations by a jury of curators.

Vincent Valdez, based in Houston, Texas, examines memory and history through his painting. Vincent Valdez, “So Long, MaryAnne” (2019), oil on canvas (image courtesy of the Ford Foundation)

“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 the United States and in Puerto Rico,” US Latinx Art Forum Associate Director Rose Salseda said in a statement.

Jay Lynn Gomez is a painter and sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work explores race, immigration and work, focusing on the people who construct the environment around us. Jay Lynn Gomez, “No Splash” (2014), acrylic on canvas (image courtesy of the Ford Foundation)
Based in New York, Carmelita Tropicana is a writer and performance artist whose works address race, class, gender and sexuality. Carmelita Tropicana, “Animal Performance” (2018) (image courtesy of the Ford Foundation)

In a Press releaseFord Foundation President Darren Walker said, “These fifteen visual artists bring an unparalleled diversity of perspectives and practices to the initiative and have had an indelible impact on American art today.

A full list of 2022 Latinx Artist Fellows is below.

Tanya Aguiniga
Craft artist and activist
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Mary Gaspar
Interdisciplinary artist
Lives and works in Chicago, IL

Candida Alvarez
Visual artist and painter
Lives and works in Baroda, MI and Chicago, IL

Jay Lynn Gomez
Painter and sculptor
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Amalia Mesa-Bains
Installation artist, curator and writer
Lives and works in Monterey, CA and San Francisco, CA

Juana Valdes
Multidisciplinary artist
Lives and works in Miami, FL and New York, NY

Maria Magdalena Campos Pons
Multimedia artist
Lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee

Carmelita Tropicana
Writer and performance artist
Lives and works in New York, NY

Leslie Martinez
Visual artist and painter
Lives and works in Dallas, Texas

Lucie Hierro
Sculptor and installer
Lives and works in New York, NY

Koyoltzintli
Interdisciplinary artist
Lives and works in New York, NY

Las Nietas de Nono
Multidisciplinary artists
Lives and works in San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
Contemporary fiber artist
Lives and works in Gualala, California

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas
Multidisciplinary artist
Lives and works in Farmington, New Mexico

Vincent Valdez
Visual artist and painter
Lives and works in Houston, Texas