Patty Chang Receives 2018 Anonymous Was A Woman Grant
By Dennis Mao
On December 11, the grant program Anonymous Was A Woman announced Los Angeles-based artist Patty Chang as among its ten grantees of 2018. Established in 1996 by New York-based artist Susan Unterberg—who only revealed her identity as the program’s founder in July 2018—Anonymous Was A Woman recognizes female artists over the age of 40 for their “accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential,” according to the program’s website. Eligible artists are nominated every year by an anonymous group composed of art historians, curators, writers and previous awardees. The ten winners each receive an unrestricted grant of USD 25,000 to further their career development.
Chang was born in 1972 in San Leandro, California. Her multidisciplinary practice, which spans performance, video, writing, and installation, explores the physical and emotional interactions surrounding topics such as death and loss, as well as gender and body-image issues as an Asian-American woman. Chang serves as a professor of art at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design, and was selected to be a University Artist for 2017–19 at the University of Hong Kong. Her works have been exhibited at New York’s Queens Museum (2017), Museum of Modern Art (2014) and New Museum of Contemporary Art (2005).
The other recipients of the 2018 Anonymous Was A Woman grants are Dotty Attie, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Beverly Fishman, Kate Gilmore, Heather Hart, Deborah Roberts, Rocío Rodríguez, Michèle Stephenson, and Betty Tompkins.
Dennis Mao is an editorial intern of ArtAsiaPacific.
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