Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins win $50,000 United States Artists Fellowships

Jennifer Ling Datchuck and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

San Antonio artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk and playwright and University of Texas  theater faculty Branden Jacobs-Jenkins are among the 50 artists who have been awarded a $50,000 USA Fellowship from the United States Artists.

The Chicago-based national arts organization announced its 50 fellows for 2020 today. The prize money comes unrestricted.

Artists are anonymously nominated by a geographically diverse and rotating group of scholars, critics, arts administrators, producers, curators, artists, field experts, and other cultural professionals. Each nominated artist is then invited to submit an application and work samples.

Datchuk, who is on the faculty of Texas State University, won in the Craft category. She had a solo exhibition in 2019 at Austin’ Women & Their Work.

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A MacArthur Fellowship winner, Jacobs-Jenkins, who is primarily based in Brooklyn, is on the playwriting faculty at UT. His plays include “Everybody,” “An Octoroon,” and “Appropriate.”

Related: “Theater is Scary. So is Death in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ ‘Everybody'”

Previous Texas artists who have received USA Fellowships include poet Tarfia Faizullah, playwright Kirk Lynn, choreographer Allison Orr and musician Ruthie Foster. (See Texas USA Fellows list)