Master tribal weaver, Wence Martinez creates hand-spun wool tapestries in a nearly 30 year collaboration with his wife, symbolist painter, Sandra Martinez.

Photo: Thomas Jordan

“Our 2018 Fellows represent the remarkable breadth and depth of the American cultural landscape. We are thrilled to be able to make these awards possible and to provide a windfall of support to help artists so that they can continue to be keepers of our collective humanity.”

— Steven H. Oliver, United States Artists Board Chair


Sandra and Wence Martinez Receive the United States Artists 2018 Fellows Award

Martinez Studio is thrilled to announce that Sandra and Wence Martinez have received the United States Artists 2018 USA Fellows award. Selected from a pool of 500 nominees around the country by a panel of experts, Sandra and Wence are among this year’s 45 artists selected to receive the USA Fellows award for their creative accomplishments and to help advance their artistic endeavors.

With this award, Martinez Studio is excited to expand their work on the Legacy Project. The Legacy Project celebrates the award-winning designs, distinctive weaving styles, and cultural heritage of Sandra and Wence through a collection of textiles based on Sandra’s contemporary paintings and woven by mentored apprentices. The award provides additional support for cultivating and expanding the project, including the mentoring of apprentices as they carry on the multi-generational weaving tradition of Wence’s birthplace, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Sandra and Wence are deeply grateful for the support and encouragement from so many individuals and gatekeepers throughout the years. They are humbled and honored to receive this award from United States Artists to continue their work of strengthening the artistic traditions of their heritage and supporting a new generation of artists and weavers.

To learn more about the Legacy Project click here.

About United States Artists

Founded in 2006 by the Ford, Rockefeller, Rasmuson, and Prudential Foundations, USA is among the largest providers of unrestricted support to artists working and living in the United States. To date, USA has provided more than $22 million in the form of unrestricted monetary awards directly to artists and collectives working in all disciplines and at every career stage.

To learn more about the 2018 USA Fellows and the United States Artists, visit www.unitedstatesartists.org