We the people empower
America’s finest artists with
the freedom to create.

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“In times of economic challenge, it’s easy to put the arts aside: reduce funding, cut back, eliminate. But if we do that, we won’t have the arts to build on. We won’t have the creative energy spurring technological or urban development. It’s important not to fall into the temptation of short-sightedness, think of the arts as a luxury, and cut them back.”

Luis UbiÑas

USA National Leadership Committee
President of the Ford Foundation

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Evan Ziporyn, Spencer Walker, Christopher V. Walker, Cyro Baptista, Uri Caine, Andrew Walker, Gabriela Lena Frank; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“Talking with my kids about art is like some fathers talking to their sons about baseball. It’s a strong family tradition. Each of my sons has his own aesthetic and perspectives on art—what they like and don’t like. It reflects their personalities.”

Christopher V. Walker

USA Board of Directors
Arts Patron & Philanthropist

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Betiana Simon, Mia Simon, Todd Simon, Judith Helfand; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“It’s easy to give away money. What’s hard to do is give away money well, which is why United States Artists is so great: it has a quality control process that ensures sustainability. It’s arguably one of the most rigorous models in the world of philanthropy. To me as a donor, that’s a huge plus.”

Todd Simon

USA Board of Directors Vice Chair
Senior Vice President of Omaha Steaks

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, John Santos; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros

USA Board of Directors
President of Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (Standing L to R): The Honorable Lile Gibbons, John Luther Adams, Teri Rofkar, Cathy Rasmuson, Ed Rasmuson, John Haines (deceased), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, Anna Brown Ehlers, (Sitting L to R): Judy Rasmuson, Mary Louise Rasmuson, Susie Silook; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“It was my father who said that helping others
is an Alaskan tradition. Helping others was the guiding principle of my father’s life and it is one of my guiding principles still. Our children were inculcated with the spirit that my father defined and now, the next generation is on our board.”

Ed Rasmuson

USA National Leadership Committee
Chairman of the Rasmuson Foundation

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (Standing L to R): Daniel Plonsey, Marilyn Chin, Phillip Rodriguez, Danongan Kalanduyan, Anna Sew Hoy, Eli Broad, Edythe Broad, Uta Barth, Mark Bradford, Wu Man, Edgar Arceneaux, Catherine Opie, (Sitting L to R): Charles Gaines, Andrea Bowers, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Charles Burnett, Michael Asher, Rodney McMillian; Credit: Art Streiber © 2010

“Artists bring brilliance to America. They are
key to making our culture and our country what it is. They must be supported by those of us who believe in giving back.”

Eli Broad

USA National Leadership Committee
Founder of The Broad Art Foundation

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Liz Collins, Tanya Aguiñiga, Arline Fisch, Sarah Jaeger, Masamichi Udagawa, Sigi Moeslinger, (in front): Bullseye; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“Great design helps improve lives everyday. It’s about more than aesthetics and style. Great design promotes creativity: learning and striving for innovation that leads to extraordinary experiences.”

Michael Francis

USA National Leadership Committee
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Target

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Elizabeth LeCompte, Dr. Judith Rodin; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

Dr. Judith Rodin

USA Board of Directors
President of the Rockefeller Foundation

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Ron Brown, Lynn Freeman, Douglas Freeman, and Evidence Dance Company; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“USA presents not just another way to support the arts. It ’s a rare occasion where you can support an artist. They have not only created a new financial vehicle, they have solved the problem of picking which artists to support.”

Douglas Freeman

USA National Leadership Committee
President and Director, Ernest and Irma Rose Foundation

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Shen Wei, Gabriella Morris, Mary Puryear, and Shen Wei Dance Arts; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“Art presents a wonderful opportunity for self-examination. When you see something, you have a new experience and you find that you’re reflecting on who you are. Encountering new ideas, the audience is given even more and feels inspired.”

Gabriella E. Morris

USA Board of Directors
President of The Prudential Foundation (retired)

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (L to R): Bill T. Jones, Eileen Harris Norton, Kara Walker; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“Art provides an amazing and diverse sense of the world’s possibilities, and artists shape how we experience them. I grew up in a family that went to museums and at a time when public school programs still took students to theater and concerts. I’m always learning, always appreciating new work.”

Eileen Harris Norton

USA National Leadership Committee
President of the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
Photo (Top Row L to R): Dayna Hanson, Terry Allen; (Bottom Row L to R): Steve H. Oliver, Nancy Oliver; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

“Supporting United States Artists is the single best thing you can do today to back the arts in America in a broad and deep sense. Particularly in a down economy, this kind of money couldn’t come at a better time.”

Steve H. Oliver

Arts Patron

Photo (L to R): Helena Maria Viramontes, Victor LaValle, Jeff Chang, lê thi diem thúy, Luis Ubiñas; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010
United States Artists Board of Directors. (Back Row L to R): Evan Ziporyn, Gabriella E. Morris, Rick Lowe, Shawn M. Donnelley, Andrew Glasgow, Jack Guthman, Katharine DeShaw, Rosalba Rolón, Mark Bradford, Christopher V. Walker, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros; (Front Row L to R): Gillian Wynn, Peter D. Cummings, Steve H. Oliver, Susan V. Berresford, Todd Simon, Diane Kaplan, Samuel Hoi; Credit: Chris Callis © 2010

Name a USA Fellowship
in honor of your support.

We are currently looking for visionary philanthropists to donate $50,000 or more and become members of our National Leadership Committee. In return, you will have the opportunity to name the fellowship you support (e.g., USA Smith Fellow for Dance).

You or your organization will be among the first-movers to support this groundbreaking initiative. And you will be joining a stellar list of donors from across the country who have joined the National Leadership Committee thus far:

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
New York, NY
Annenberg Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Suzanne and David Booth
Austin, TX
Broad Art Foundation
Santa Monica, CA
California Community Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Collins Family Foundation
Chicago, IL
Peter D. and Julie Fisher Cummings
Birmingham, MI
David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Laura Donnelley
Santa Monica, CA
Shawn M. Donnelley
Chicago, IL
Eileen Harris Norton Foundation
Geyserville, CA
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City, MO
Ella Fontanals-Cisneros
Miami, FL
Ford Foundation*
New York, NY
Matt Groening
Los Angeles, CA
Agnes Gund
New York, NY
Sandra and Jack Guthman
Chicago, IL
Hillcrest Foundation
Pasadena, CA
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Miami, FL
Jeanne and Michael Klein
Austin, TX
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
New York, NY
Toby Devan Lewis
Shaker Heights, OH
Lynn and Douglas Freeman (on behalf of the Ernest and Irma Rose Foundation)
Irvine, CA
Susan and Larry Marx
Aspen, CO
Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies
New York, NY
Susan Bay-Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy
Los Angeles, CA
Nancy and Steven Oliver
Geyserville, CA
Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Prudential Foundation*
Newark, NJ
Rasmuson Foundation*
Anchorage, AK
Rockefeller Foundation*
New York, NY
Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Eve and Fred Simon
Santa Fe, NM
Annette and Paul Smith
Omaha, NE
Susan and Pat Stevens
Minneapolis, MN
Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud
Philadelphia, PA
Target
Minneapolis, MN
Todd and Betiana Simon Foundation
Omaha, NE
Barbara Van Dusen
Birmingham, MI
Christopher V. Walker
Los Angeles, CA
Caroline and Tiger Williams
Norwalk, CT
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Siloam Springs, AR
Wynn Family Foundation
Las Vegas, NV
Helen Zell
Chicago, IL

USA also wishes to thank the following individuals who have made significant contributions in support of America's finest artists.

USA Benefactors

Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer
New York, NY
Mattsson McHale Foundation
Austin, TX
Mohn Family Foundation
Santa Monica, CA
Fran and Ray Stark Foundation on behalf of Wendy Stark Morrissey
Los Angeles, CA

USA Patrons

William Anderson
Los Angeles, CA
Susan V. Berresford
New York, NY
Nancy M. Berman and Alan Bloch
Los Angeles, CA
Marilyn and Larry Fields
Chicago, IL
Ann Hatch
San Francisco, CA
Hauptman Family Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Samuel Hoi
Los Angeles, CA
Diane Kaplan
Anchorage, AK
Linnaeus Thomson Fund
Mountain View, CA
Corinna Cotsen and Lee Rosenbaum
Santa Monica, CA
Marge and Irv Weiser
Minneapolis, MN

USA Partners

David Bohnett Foundation
Beverly Hills, CA
Katharine DeShaw
Los Angeles, CA
Alice and Nahum Lainer
Beverly Hills, CA
Brenda Potter
Beverly Hills, CA

Each USA Fellow receives $50,000 in unrestricted funds, granting them the freedom to realize their creative visions.

Find out how USA Fellows use their funds.

To request a proposal, please contact Debra Dysart, Director of Development Operations, at ddysart@unitedstatesartists.org.