To commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment a hundred years ago, The Phillips Collection will host a virtual panel this Thursday (9/24) at 5:30pm ET. Titled Women, Race, Representation, the program part of Phillips’ Artists of Conscience series; moderated by Vesela Sretenović, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Phillips, the talk will celebrate women’s accomplishments related to issues of social justice, while acknowledging the continued struggle for equality and representation in all facets of life, including education, artistic practice, and philanthropy.
The discussion coincides with the Phillips’ digital presentation this fall of women artists from the permanent collection past and present, including seven artists who have received the Anonymous Was a Woman (AWAW) Award founded by American philanthropist Susan Unterberg—Jae Ko, Simone Leigh, Jennifer Wen Ma, Arlene Shechet, Jeanne Silverthorne, Valeska Soares and Renée Stout.
The event also marks the start of Celebrating Women Artists in the Phillips Collection, an online viewing of works by women artists from the Phillips’ permanent collection, including – Jae Ko, Jeanne Silverthorne, Renée Stout, Jennifer Wen Ma, Simone Leigh, Valeska Soares and Arlene Shechet – who were all recipients of the Anonymous Was a Woman (AWAW) Award.
AWAW was founded in 1996 by American philanthropist and photographer Susan Unterberg to support female artists over the age of 40; it anonymously grants $25,000 to 10 women-identifying artists each year, and to date, 240 artists have received the award.
AND make sure to stay tuned for an additional, VERY cool installation announcement comin’ at you super soon.
Featured image via Phillips Collection ft. the work of Jennifer Wen Ma