CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign dance professor Cynthia Oliver is being honored with a 2021 United States Artists Fellowship.
Oliver is one of 60 USA Fellows for the year and one of just five fellows in the field of dance. Oliver has been at the U of I since 2000 after spending years as a choreographer and dancer.
She has received other awards, including the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for choreography.
Oliver, who will receive a $50,000 cash award, says she’ll write a book about the involvement of Black artists in avant-garde and post-modern dance and experimental work.