Wangechi Mutu and Mary Heilmann were two of 34 creative individuals who have been awarded $50,000 and named U.S.A. Fellows for 2014. The award was granted by the United States Artists program, which is funded by philanthropic foundations and individuals to support the arts in America. Mutu and Heilmann were chosen from 116 nominated artists living in the United States.
“U.S.A. Fellowships are awarded to innovative artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers, who are nominated for their commitment to excellence and the enduring potential of their work,” Carolina Garcia Jayaram, the chief executive of U.S.A. said in a statement. The awards were given in architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater and visual arts.