2020 VWA Honoree: Barbara Eberlein
As president and creative director of Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd., Barbara Eberlein holds an enduring passion for design that is rooted in her educational background in the classics, history and art. She approaches the creation of interiors with the knowledge that, one day, these spaces will become part of the fabric of history, and has built a national reputation in today’s dynamic design community for expertise in the restoration of significant historic structures of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
A sought-after lecturer on classical design, Eberlein has appeared in numerous national television programs. Her work has been published in prestigious national and international magazines and books on design and history. Her firm is a multi-winner of The Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Classical Art & Architecture’s (ICAA) Trumbauer Award as well as the Palladio Award. Eberlein has frequently been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Interior Design, Interior Design Association, American Institute of Architects, and Preservation Alliance.
Eberlein is a member of the national ICAA and the Preservation Alliance boards, as well as the European Decorative Arts Committee and the Architecture and Facilities Committee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Committed to the education of future design professionals, she also serves as a guest critic at local colleges and universities.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in ancient history and religion from the University of Chicago, Eberlein pursued further studies in the history of architecture and the decorative arts at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and has participated in several international programs including the Attingham Trust’s intensive summer program.
2020 VWA Honoree: Susan Unterberg
Susan Unterberg is a New York-based photographer. Her work is primarily color photographs taking the form of portraiture, human and animal, most recently manifested as digital photo collages and artist books that take into account contemporary politics. Her art also encompasses video installation, book form, and large- and small-format color prints.
Represented by the Lawrence Miller Gallery, and later Yancey Richardson Gallery, Unterberg has exhibited her work in the U.S. and abroad, with dedicated shows at such institutions as the New Museum and a retrospective at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is represented in major public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Artists Program, the American Academy in Rome, and Bogliasco. In 2019 she was awarded NYU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and was honored at the Skowhegan Awards Dinner. Unterberg holds a BFA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA from New York University.
In 2018, Unterberg stepped forward as the founder and sole funder of the Anonymous Was A Woman Award, which has awarded $25,000 grants to over 240 women-identifying artists over the age of 40 since 1996.