United States Artists (USA) announced its 2018 USA Fellows this week, and CSULB School of Art faculty member and alumnus Tony Marsh, was one of the recipients in the discipline of Visual Art. This year, 45 artists and collectives across nine creative disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 cash awards. The Fellowships honor their creative accomplishments and support their ongoing artistic and professional development, however the recipients choose to spend them.
For more than 20 years, Tony Marsh has been teaching ceramics and focused on growing both the ceramics program within the CSULB School of Art and the boundaries of ceramics as an art form. He has been instrumental in establishing the CSULB School of Art as one of the top programs in America for the study and exploration of Ceramics as a visual art form.
USA Fellowships are awarded to artists at all stages of their careers, and from every corner of the United States, through a rigorous nomination and panel selection process. Spread across all creative disciplines including Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing, the Fellows represent a broad cross-section of the best of American arts and letters. To date, USA has distributed over $22 million to a diverse group of more than 500 artists and collaboratives. USA’s 2018 Fellows were selected by a panel of experts in each discipline, then approved by the organization's board. They were drawn from a peer-nominated pool of over 500 outstanding applicants.
This year’s Fellows come from Alaska and Puerto Rico, from New Mexico and Maine, and everywhere in-between. Among their number are luminaries in their fields and rising stars, emerging voices and long-heralded experts. What unites them is the profound respect of their peers and the excellence of their work.
Among past awardees are film director and writer Miranda July, composer David Lang, novelist Annie Proulx, playwright David Henry Hwang, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and visual artist Kara Walker.
"I could not be more thrilled with the 2018 USA Fellows, or with the tremendous artistic output, and potential, they represent,” said United States Artists President & CEO Deana Haggag. “They produce some of the most moving, incisive, and powerful artistic work in this country, and it is our privilege to honor them. Collectively, they are a reminder of the beauty produced by hardworking artists on a daily basis, too much of which is often overlooked.”
"Our 2018 USA Fellows represent the remarkable breadth and depth of the American cultural landscape," said United States Artists Board Chair Steven H. Oliver. “We are thrilled to be able to make these awards possible and to provide a windfall to help support artists so that they can continue to be keepers of our collective humanity."
For more information or a complete list of the United States Artists Fellows for 2018, please visit http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/fellow/tony-marsh/