Three SAIC Alumni Receive $50,000 Grants from United States Artists SAIC alumni Sonya Clark (BFA 1993), J. Morgan Puett (BFA 1981), and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989) are among this year’s 50 USA Fellows recognized by United States Artists for outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists. The L.A.-based nonprofit organization announced December 5 that they have each received a no-strings-attached grant of $50,000. Clark, chairwoman of the craft/material studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University, was named USA Glasgow Fellow for her "extraordinary talent and commitment to the field of crafts and traditional arts." Puett has been named Simon Fellow, recognizing her work in architecture and design; studying textile and clothing history, she has created renowned conceptual art environments such as the Mildred’s Lane artist colony in Pennsylvania. Manglano-Ovalle was named USA Guthman Fellow, recognizing his work in the visual arts. Using mostly sculpture and video, the Chicago-based artist was recognized for creating “elegant forms” that “mask political agendas” such as immigration issues, climate change, and globalization.