YSoA’s Easterling awarded 2019 United States Artists fellowship

Keller Easterling
Keller Easterling

Keller Easterling, architect, writer, professor, and director of the Master of Environmental Design Program at the Yale School of Architecture, was recently named a 2019 United States Artist in Architecture and Design — one of only 45 awarded this honor in 2019.

The USA Fellowship is an annual award recognizing the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all disciplines, at every stage of their career. Recipients receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds in recognition of their contributions to the field, allowing them to decide how to best support their lives and work.

The 2019 USA Fellows range in age from their 20s through their 70s and hail from 20 states across urban, suburban, and rural communities. All have made significant contributions to their respective fields as architects, ceramicists, choreographers, filmmakers, podcasters, composers, playwrights, weavers, sculptors, journalists, and more. USA Fellowships are awarded to artists at all stages of their careers through a rigorous nomination and panel selection process.

Easterling’s most recent book, “Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space,” examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity. Another recent book, “Subtraction,” considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Other books include: “Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades,” which researched familiar spatial products in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world, and “Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America” which applied network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure. Easterling is also the co-author (with Richard Prelinger) of “Call it Home: The House that Private Enterprise Built,” a laserdisc/DVD history of U.S. suburbia from 1934-1960. A forthcoming book is titled “Medium Design.”

Easterling’s research and writing were included in the 2014 and 2018 Venice Biennale, and she has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Rotterdam Biennale, and the Architectural League in New York. Easterling has lectured and published widely in the United States and abroad. The journals to which she has contributed include Domus, Artforum, Grey Room, Cabinet, Volume, Assemblage, e-flux, Log, Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, and ANY.

We believe in artists and are honored to support and care for them in this way,” said Deana Haggag, president and CEO of United States Artists. “Each fellow is a reminder of the breadth of our cultural landscape, and the 2019 cohort is yet another testament to how much incredible work is happening across the country. From painters to podcasters to pop musicians, we’re lucky to have these artists reflecting our collective humanity and stirring the public’s imagination.”

Founded in 2006 by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson, and Prudential Foundations, USA is among the largest providers of unrestricted support to artists working and living in the United States. USA has given over $25 million in unrestricted $50,000 awards to more than 500 artists in all disciplines at every career stage.

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