Published October 6, 2020

2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows winner Carlos Llobet-Montealegre

print by Carlos Llobet-Montealegre.

2019 MFA Graduate Carlos Llobet-Montealegre was selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of almost 4,000 artists. He is recognized for his work in the Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts discipline.

2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows

NYFA has awarded a total of $588,000 to 85 artists (including one collaboration) whose ages range from 28-73 years throughout New York State in the following disciplines: Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts.

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding Fellowships to five disciplines per year on a triennial basis. The program is highly competitive and this year’s recipients and finalists were selected by discipline-specific peer panels from an applicant pool of 3,536 artists. 

Each year, the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship offers a unique snapshot of contemporary arts across New York State. From almost 4,000 applications in five disciplines, there were key themes that emerged. Shining a light on the diverse cultural fabric that makes up the state were explorations of race and ethnicity, immigration, cultural displacement, and what it means to be a first-generation American as well as work that examines current political issues such as climate change, LGBTQIA+ rights, and racial and gender equality from highly personal

Carlos Llobet Montealegre

is a Costa Rican artist who completed his MFA in 2019 at the University at Buffalo. In his work, he explores multiplicity and repetition in print media, and challenges the traditional limitations of the form. Going beyond printed editions, he creates unique composite artworks by collaging, painting, and weaving prints. His love for street art informs both the style and political message of his work.