UW–Madison alumna Dyani White Hawk is the recipient of a 2021 award from the New York-based organization, Anonymous was a Woman.

White Hawk earned her MFA from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2021. She is a visual artist and independent curator based in Minneapolis.

The awards are given annually to 10 women-identifying artists over the age of 40. Each of the award recipients receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000.

A woman of Sičangu Lakota and European American ancestry, White Hawk strives to create honest, inclusive works that draw from the breadth of her life experiences, according to her artist statement. Her painting and sculptural works reflect cross-cultural experiences by combining influences from modern abstract painting and abstract Lakota art forms. In addition, White Hawk’s recent work in performance, video, and photography has focused on issues of Indigenous language, women’s rights, and the necessity of nurturing cross-cultural relationships.