Susan Unterberg (MA '86), artist, philanthropist, and NYU Steinhardt alumna, is distributing $250,000 in emergency grants to women-identifying artists who have lost income because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Relief Grant, up to $2,500 per artist, will be distributed through Unterberg's Anonymous Was a Woman organization and will help those who are experiencing economic hardship due to the shuttering of museums, galleries, and businesses around the world.
In July 2018, Unterberg revealed herself as the founder and sole funder of the Anonymous Was A Woman Award. Between 1996 and 2018, she had secretly contributed $5.5 million to the fund, which awarded $25,000 awarded each year to ten underrecognized women artists who had reached a critical point in their careers
An alumna of NYU Steinhardt’s art education program, Unterberg is a photographer whose work has been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. It is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art.
At NYU Steinhardt's Valedictory Ceremony last year, Unterberg was recognized with the Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Award.
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The work of women artists makes up only three to five percent of major museums' permanent collections in the US and Europe. Many of these artists struggle financially - but Susan Unterberg is trying to change that.