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“I didn't have an MFA, and what the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship gave me was credibility. It gave me double cred: academic cred and street cred because NYFA believed in me. And if NYFA believed in me then other people were willing to take the chance on this really weird playwright who did really weird things.

— Suzan-Lori Parks (Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting '90)

Our flagship NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program has supported artists at all stages of their professional careers for more than 30 years. We are proud that many of our past fellows have gone on to become world-renowned artists whose work has touched the lives of many. Each began with a creative vision--in video/film, writing, poetry, painting, composition, choreography, and more--needing only freedom, time, and reassurance to channel that vision through their work.

  • Vito Acconci (Architecture/Environmental Structures ’00)
  • Doug Aitkin (Video '00)
  • Elia Alba (Crafts ’01, Photography ’08)
  • Diana Al-Hadid (Sculpture ’09)
  • Anohni (Performance Art/Emergent Forms '97)
  • Ida Applebroog (Graphics ’86, Painting ’90)
  • Xenobia Bailey (Crafts '93, '99, '00)
  • Ross Bleckner (Painting '85)
  • Suzanne Boganegra (Printmaking/Drawing/Artists' Books '89, '93, '05; Sculpture '01)
  • Zana Briski (Photography '98, '04)
  • Trisha Brown (Choreography '85)
  • James Casebere (Photography '85,'94; Sculpture '89)
  • Billy Collins (Poetry '86)
  • Junot Diaz (Fiction '96)
  • Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio (Architecture '85, '87, '98)
  • Jennifer Egan (Fiction '90)
  • Karen Finley (Conceptual/Performance Art '86; Performance Art/Emergent Forms '90, '95; Performance Art/Multidisiplinary Work '01)
  • Coco Fusco (Nonfiction '91, '14)
  • Phyllis Galembo (Photography '96, '10, '16)
  • Elliot Goldenthal (Music Composition '89)
  • Barbara Hammer (Film '88, '97, '98, '01; Video '92; Video/Film '12)
  • David Hammons (Sculpture '87)
  • Todd Haynes (Film '89)
  • A.M. Homes (Fiction '88)
  • Nina Katchadourian (Video '04)
  • Deborah Kass (Painting '91)
  • Tony Kushner (Playwriting/Screenwriting '87)
  • Barbara Kruger (Interdisciplinary Arts '85)
  • Spike Lee (Film '85)
  • Sherrie Levine (Painting '87)
  • Zhou Long (Music Composition '00)
  • Taylor Mac (Interdisciplinary '09)
  • Christian Marclay (Interdisciplinary Arts '85)
  • Mary Mattingly (Sculpture ’11)
  • Terry McMillan (Fiction '86)
  • Marilyn Minter (Painting '94, '00)
  • Meredith Monk (Music Composition '85, Choreography '96)
  • Mira Nair (Film '88)
  • Shirin Neshat (Photography '96)
  • Lynn Nottage (Playwriting/Screenwriting '94, '00)
  • Tere O'Connor (Choreography '87, 92, '98, '02, 06, '10)
  • Pauline Oliveros (Music Composition '89)
  • Sarah Oppenheimer (Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design '06, '10, '16)
  • Eric Overmyer (Screenwriting/Playwriting '86)
  • Suzan-Lori Parks (Playwriting/Screenwriting '90)
  • Wendy Perron (Choreography '85)
  • Yvonne Rainer (Film '90, '95)
  • Dwight Rhoden (Choreography '98)
  • Faith Ringgold (Painting '88)
  • Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (Playwriting/Screenwriting '96, '06; Fiction '10)
  • Dread Scott (Sculpture '01, Performance Art/Multidisciplinary Work '05, Interdisciplinary Work '12)
  • Andres Serrano (Photography '87)
  • Jean Shin (Crafts/Sculpture '03, Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design '08)
  • Theodora Skipitares (Conceptual/Performance Art '86; Performance Art/Multidisciplinary Work '90, '01; Performance Art/Emergent Forms '97; Playwriting/Screenwriting '06)
  • Elizabeth Streb (Choreography '86, '90, '94, '02)
  • Swoon (Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design '13)
  • Julie Taymor (Performance Art/Emergent Forms '89)
  • Carmelita Tropicana (Playwriting/Screenwriting '91)
  • Kay Walkingstick (Painting '92)
  • Fred Wilson (Sculpture '87, '91)

 

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Top image: Suzan-Lori Parks (Playwriting/Screenwriting '90), Photo Credit: Tammy Shell. Bottom images from left: Yanira Castro (Choreography '16); Kwesi Abbensetts (Photography '16) A Kind of Masking Series 4, 2015, Digital; Faith Ringgold (Painting '88), Photo Credit: Carl Timpone/BFA.com.