Kelli Jo Ford, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with an MFA in English and writing from George Mason University, is known for engaging her readers with her story telling, character portrayals and flair for the dramatic.
Native artists need more recognition and visibility in national and international arenas, especially since they are often dynamic front-runners for our communities.
Following a national open call for applicants, Artist Fellows are selected by a rigorous process mediated by NACF staff and led by discipline-specific volunteer panel reviewers.
NACF Artist Fellows represent the cultural continuity of Native peoples in contemporary contexts, and are the creative voices of their communities. Their art brings greater visibility to the realities of their communities, addressing Native identity issues, and sharing the stories of hope, change, and inspiration.
Congratulations to the sixteen talented artists awarded National Artist Fellowships in 2016:
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) awarded 2016 NACF National Artist Fellowships to sixteen artists in traditional arts, visual arts, Artistic Innovation, Literature, and Music.
The awarded artists come from the states of Alaska, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawai’i, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington.
The National Artist Fellowships are made possible with support from the Ford Foundation, Second Sister Foundation and the generosity of arts patrons.