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Anonymous Was A Woman awards $250,000 to women artists over the age of 40. Ten artists receive unrestricted awards of $25,000 apiece in recognition of their work
November 18, 2020—Anonymous Was A Woman today announced the ten recipients of its 2020 awards, which recognize women-identifying artists over 40 years of age who have made significant contributions, while continuing to create new work, and who are each at a critical juncture in their practice. Each recipient receives an unrestricted award of $25,000. This marks the award’s 25th year, with more than $6 million awarded to 250 artists since 1996.The 2020 award recipients are: D.Y. Begay, 67 Linda Goode Bryant, 71 Barbara Chase-Riboud, 81 Elena Del Rivero, 71 Chitra Ganesh, 45 Karen Gunderson, 77 Virginia Jaramillo, 81 Claudia Joskowicz, 52 Karyn Olivier, 52J uana Valdés, 56 Winners were chosen from among a competitive pool of applicants recommended by a group of distinguished art historians, curators, writers, and artists who serve as anonymous nominators. The 2020 award recipients range in age from 45 to 81, and work in mediums including painting, installation, performance, photography, film, and social practice. The “no strings-attached” award is intended to provide them freedom to continue development of their creative vision.