Carrie Mae Weems
- Visual artist
She will use her fellowship to explore new ways to support artists of color, particularly those who are deeply rooted in and engaged with the communities in which they live.
Considered one of the most influential American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. She has developed a complex body of art that has sustained her ongoing engagement with contemporary cultural discourse for over 30 years. In a review of her recent retrospective in the New York Times, Holland Cotter wrote, “Ms. Weems is what she has always been, a superb image maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible.”
Carrie Mae has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including the prestigious Prix de Rome, National Endowment for the Arts support, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award. One of her greatest honors came in 2013 when she received a MacArthur Fellowship. Carrie Mae’s work is represented in public and private collections around the world, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.