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2022 Chapman Prize Awarded to United States Artists, the national authority on serving individual artists,

Washington, DC, USA – The Daniel and Barbara Chapman Trust announced United States Artists as the recipient of the 2022 Chapman Prize.

United States Artists (USA) is a national nonprofit organization that provides unrestricted money to artists and cultural practitioners working across all disciplines and career stages. USA has had a transformative impact on creative ecosystems through its flagship programs (the United States Artists Fellowship and the Berresford Prize), as well as its Initiatives department, through which USA has mobilized its expertise to launch several national fellowships alongside partner organizations.


Each year, USA works to award as many $50,000 Fellowships as possible to the most compelling artists

in the U.S. and its territories across 10 artistic disciplines: Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Film,

Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing. Nearly 800 artists and creative practitioners have received over $38 million in direct support since the organization’s inception in 2006.


The Chapman Prize Selection Panel was greatly impressed by USA’s dedication to providing artists with opportunities for artistic development through unrestricted fellowships, and its auxiliary services ranging from legal support and financial planning to career counseling and COVID-19 relief. Since its founding, USA has defined diversity in the broadest context possible and remains committed to inclusively celebrating age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, discipline, genre, geography and culture.


“We are honored to receive the 2022 Chapman Prize,” said Judilee Reed, President and CEO of United States Artists. “United States Artists was founded in response to a critical lack of support structures for individual artists nationwide, in the bureaucratic sense as well as within our greater cultural consciousness. This award is thus meaningful not only to ourselves as an organization but also to the artists we serve, for whom societal recognition is often lacking or absent.”


As winner, USA will receive a cash award of approximately $123,000.00 from the Colonel Daniel T. Chapman and Mrs. Barbara Chapman Trust, the namesake of Virginia natives who established the Chapman Prize which focuses on a different charitable theme each year. The Trust selected “Arts & Culture” as the theme for 2022 in order to recognize organizations that celebrated cultural life and significantly aided the growth and availability of the arts through effective programming.


“The selection of United States Artists as this year’s recipient of the Chapman Prize is in keeping with fulfilling the legacy of Colonel and Mrs. Chapman,” said Christopher Morgan, Vice President and Chief Fiduciary Officer at Burke & Herbert Bank. “We are pleased to serve as the trustee for the Chapman Trust and delighted about this year’s selection of an organization that is doing such important work to advance support for individual artists and the field,” he added.  Burke & Herbert Bank is a community bank headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, offering a full array of financial products and services, including trust and estate planning.


In 2023, the charitable theme will be “Educational Success.”  This year, Sterling Foundation Management, LLC, of Reston, Virginia, served as administrator of the award. “United States Artists is a true reflection of the type of organization Daniel and Barbara Chapman intended to recognize when they created the Chapman Prize” commented James W. Lintott, Chairman of Sterling Foundation Management.



Sarah Reese


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