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Not So 'Anonymous' Anymore: Westchester Professor Wins National Arts Award

Nancy Bowen works in the sculpture program at SUNY Purchase.
Nancy Bowen works in the sculpture program at SUNY Purchase. Photo Credit: Submitted

A SUNY Purchase Associate Professor of Art+Design is one of ten recipients of a 2017 award by Anonymous Was A Woman .

Nancy Bowen is in good company; among the other recipients is Amy Sherald, commissioned to paint the portrait of Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery.

Each year, the Award recognizes women over 40 who have made significant contributions in their fields to date, while continuing to create new work.

Winners are 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. This year’s list of winners work in painting, sculpture, film/video/digital media, photography, drawing, installation and performance.

Recipients of the Anonymous Was A Woman Award receive a “no-strings-attached” grant of $25,000 intended to provide them freedom to continue development of their creative vision.

The name of the grant program refers to a line in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. As the name implies, nominators and those associated with the program are unnamed. After 22 years of grant-making and 220 awards totalling over $5 million, the program’s donor remains anonymous.

Bowen has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and has been included in group exhibitions in various museums. She has received awards from several institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.

More information at www.anonymouswasawoman.org .

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