SAIC Community Members Receive United States Artists Fellowships

A collage of three self-portraits of the three awardees. On the left is Andy slater wearing a grey button up shirt. In the center is Nicole Marroquin wearing a black shirt and glasses, wearing their hair in two braids. On the right is Jovencio de la Paz red, yellow, and blue colored jacket, a brown jacket, and glasses..

Andy Slater, Nicole Marroquin, and Jovencio de la Paz. Images courtesy of United States Artists.

Andy Slater, Nicole Marroquin, and Jovencio de la Paz. Images courtesy of United States Artists.

United States Artists has announced the recipients of their 2022 USA Fellowships [15], which includes three of our own SAIC community members: Andy Slater [16] (BFA 2013), Jovencio de la Paz [17] (BFA 2008), and Associate Professor Nicole Marroquin [18]. Each artist will receive a $50,000 unrestricted award in addition to a year of financial planning.

As a blind member of the extended and virtual reality community, the founder of the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists, and the director of the Sound as Sight accessible field-recording project, Slater is using his artistic voice to “help shape the industry to be more accessible for disabled people.”

Artist, weaver, and educator de la Paz’s most recent work “explores the intersecting histories of weaving and modern computers.” They currently work as an assistant professor and the curricular head of fibers at the University of Oregon.

Marroquin is an artist, teacher, and educator whose research focuses on student conflicts in Chicago Public Schools and queer Chicanx memory with the intention of “recuperating public memory of youth and women’s leadership in the struggle for justice.” 

Congratulations to our SAIC community members for receiving recognition of their impactful work and research!

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