Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 awarded each year to ten women artists over the age of 40 and at a critical junction in their career. The name of the grant program refers to a line in Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own.” The award was begun in 1996 in response to the decision of the National Endowment of the Arts to cease support of individual artists. To date, Anonymous was a Woman has awarded over $5.5 million to 220 artists.

The donor behind the prize wanted to remain unknown. But now she is stepping out from behind the curtain: Susan Unterberg, herself a once underrecognized female artist over 40. In a recent interview at her Upper East Side home, she said she has decided to come forward so that she can more openly argue on behalf of women who are artists, demonstrate the importance of women supporting women and try to inspire other philanthropists.

Sources:  AnonymousWasAWoman.org and NYTimes.com

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