Tim Robbins Presents $50,000 Artist Grants to Annie Proulx, David Henry Hwang and 48 More
Author Annie Proulx, jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette, choreographer Trisha Brown and playwright David Henry Hwang were among the 50 artists presented with $50,000 United States Artists grants at a celebration held at L.A.'s Getty Center on Sunday, Dec. 2. The event was hosted by Tim Robbins.
"What I like about [USA Fellowships] is that the money is real, and it really does help create art," Robbins told The Hollywood Reporter at the reception. "I felt it was something that was absolutely crucial in this day and age. Any organization that supports and facilitates artists' work and doesn't get too bogged down in red tape and overhead costs is an organization I want to support."
USA Fellowships are awarded annually to artists who have made an impression in their respective disciplines -- categories such as film, media, architecture and design, dance, literature, music, theater arts and visual arts. Other recipients this year include Afro-Latino poet Adrian Castro, performance artist Coco Fusco, filmmaker Barry Jenkins, playwright Adrienne Kennedy and bluegrass singer/songwriter Claire Lynch.
Sunday's ceremony, attended by Jackson Browne and Bill Pullman, also featured singer Linda Ronstadt, who introduced a musical performance by 2012 USA Fellow Eugene Rodriguez, founder of the Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo, Calif.
The event coincides with the appointment of Ben Johnson to director of programs for USA. Johnson, who served most recently as director of Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota, brings a "broad expertise in visual art, design, dance, theater, jazz, world music and contemporary performance," said USA executive director Katharine DeShaw.