Our merit-based fellowship, funding one month of a residency.

Mary Ann Unger was a celebrated sculptor best known for her large-scale works evoking the body, bandaging, flesh, and bone. She died of breast cancer in 1998. Her New York Times obituary reads: “[Mary’s] works… combined a sense of mythic power with a sensitivity to shape that was all their own, achieving a subtlety of expression that belied their monumental scale.”

Born in 1945, Ms. Unger was raised in New Jersey and received an undergraduate degree from Mt. Holyoke College in 1967 and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1975. Throughout her career, she had numerous solo exhibitions at SculptureCenter, Klarfeld Perry, Trans Hudson, and the New Jersey State Museum. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1992, was the recipient of Pollock- Krasner Foundation grants in 1989 and 1995, and was a resident fellow at Yaddo in 1980 and 1994.

Ms. Unger’s works have been reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, and The Village Voice, among others. Her works are included in numerous private and public collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the High Museum of Art. In 2008, the Mary Ann Unger Estate was founded to further the visibility and placement of Mary Ann’s work in public and private collections.

All applicants are considered for this fellowship, and do not have to complete a separate application




2017 Chip McCall

2016 Devin Balara



Photos provided by the Mary Ann Unger Estate