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Art professor wins 'Anonymous Was A Woman' Award

Associate professor of art Stefanie Jackson is one of ten 2017 winners of the Anonymous Was A Woman award:

Congratulations to Dodd professor Stefanie Jackson, recently awarded the 2017 Anonymous Was A Woman prize of $25,000! Anonymous Was A Women recognizes extraordinary accomplishment in midcareer female artists through “no-strings attached” grants that encourage the recipient to continue to develop their work. The name of the grant program refers to a line in Virginia Woolf’s novel A Room of One’s Own and is supported by an anonymous group of donors and nominators.

Lauren Shenfield, director of the Anonymous Was A Women Award program, says: “The grants fuel both personal and artistic development. The financial gift helps artists buy time, space, materials, and equipment, often at early stages of a new project, as well as important emotional support. Perhaps most significant, it helps those with inordinate talent and accomplishment to achieve greater recognition.”


Jackson says: “I am over the moon excited. For someone who doesn’t show that much in New York, it means so much to know that my work stands up.” Her dramatic figurative paintings explore contemporary social and political events, drawing on a wide range of references including European traditions, African-American music and literature, surrealism, social issues around race, and her own life. Jackson has also used her oil paintings, lithographs, drawings, and etchings to reconsider important historical moments in African-American and U.S. history such as the Atlanta race riots and the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Fantastic recognition for an extraordinary talent with tremendous impact on students and her colleagues. Artists on campus continue to be inspired by Jackson, as are we all, with this important award that honors contemporary achievement in homage to an adored literary giant. Congratulations, Professor Jackson, and continued success with your work.


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