Professor Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metal) is the recipient of the 2012 United States Artists (USA) Fellowship. The honor carries with an award of $50,000 in unrestricted grant funds.
USA selects 50 artist fellows each year in the disciplines of architecture and design; crafts and traditional arts; dance; literature; media; music; theater arts; and visual arts. Selections are based on the artists’ skills, education or training, income-based application of skills, and history of engaging creatively with the public. Mimlitsch-Gray received the award in the category of Crafts and Traditional Arts.
Mary Hafeli, dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, commented on the award: “USA Fellowships are at the top of all honors bestowed on those working in the visual, performing, and literary arts, so to be recognized in this way is an undeniably stellar accomplishment. Myra is most deserving of this honor. Her work is widely recognized to be at the leading edge of contemporary art that challenges assumed boundaries between craft, design, art, and function. The USA Fellowship, in so publicly acknowledging this impact and offering substantial financial support, will afford Myra the means to ‘dream big’ as she takes on projects and creates new work going forward.”