by Amy Atkins
It's official. Trey McIntyre is Idaho's first recipient of one of the prestigious United States Artists fellowships, which brings not only some impressive clout, but a $50,000 grant as well.
McIntyre—founder and artistic director of Boise's Trey McIntyre Project—was anonymously nominated to be a 2010 fellow of USA, a public charity and grant-making organization whose mission is "to invest in America's finest artists and illuminate the value of artists to society." McIntyre will formally accept the honor at a ceremony held at Lincoln Center in New York City this evening.
Founded in 2005, USA began with "$22 million in seed funding provided by a coalition of four leading foundations—Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson." That initial seed money—and continued donations—have allowed for the organization to award 50 artists with $50,000 unrestricted grants each year. The grants stretch across eight disciplines: architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts and visual arts.
As a USA Fellow, McIntyre is among some incredible company: Last year's winners include author Sapphire (Push), designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) and screenwriter/director Cruz Angeles (Don't Let Me Drown).
At 4 p.m. MST at unitedstatesartists.org, USA will stream a live broadcast of an introduction to USA Projects—an arm of the organization in which individuals can fund artists' projects (think Kickstarter). Then at 6 p.m. MST, the organization will stream the ceremony announcing all of the 2010 recipients, as well as featuring some special performances including an excerpt of McIntyre's "Serious" performed by Chanel DaSilva, Brett Perry and John Michael Schert.