Bi-Coastal 2023 ArtTable Benefit & Award Ceremonies

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Thank you for joining us at ArtTable’s first-ever
bi-coastal Benefit & Award Ceremonies!

Held in Los Angeles on February 15 and New York on April 4, this inaugural two-part benefit welcomed members from across the country to celebrate this year’s pioneering honorees.

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2023 Annual Benefit & Award Ceremony

Honoring Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Awardee Shirley Pooler Kinsey

February 15, 2023

SoFi Stadium
1001 Stadium Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90301

6:30 PM

For more information on the Los Angeles event,
click here.

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2023 Annual Benefit & Award Ceremony

Honoring New Leadership Awardee
Deana Haggag

April 4, 2023

110 E 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

6:30 PM

For more information on the New York event,
click here.

Shirley Pooler Kinsey headshot

We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award will be awarded to Los Angeles-based philanthropist, art collector, and former school teacher Shirley Pooler Kinsey. Along with her husband Bernard and son Khalil, Shirley has developed one of the largest and most comprehensive private collections of African-American history and art in the world, which includes more than 700 pieces of art and artifacts that tell the story of African Americans’ historical struggles from 1632 to present. The Kinsey Collection has been featured in more than 30 exhibitions in over 30 states and is an unparalleled archive and celebration of the achievements and contributions of black Americans from before the formation of the United States to the present times.

Click here to read Shirley’s full bio.

Headshot of Deana Haggag

We are also thrilled to announce that Deana Haggag (she/her), arts administrator, cultural worker, executive leader, and strategic advisor, will receive the 2023 New Leadership Award. Deana is currently a Program Officer in Arts and Culture at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in May 2021, she was the President & CEO of United States Artists, a national arts funding organization based in Chicago, IL. During her tenure, USA saw unprecedented growth, expanding its Fellowship award program, launching the Berresford Prize, and developing coalition efforts to advance support for individual artists most notably including Artist Relief, a $25 million COVID-19 emergency fund, and Disability Futures, a multi-disciplinary initiative supporting disabled creative practitioners. Before joining USA in February 2017, she was the Executive Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting art museum in Baltimore, MD, for four years.

Click here to read Deana’s full bio.

We came together in Los Angeles on February 15 and in New York on April 4 to celebrate these two pioneering women in their home cities, and to support the mission and work of ArtTable!

Press Releases & Media Coverage

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November 9, 2022
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Annual Awards

A small Louise Bourgeois sculpture of a spiral column with an eye on top.

ArtTable’s Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award acknowledges and celebrates remarkable leadership in the arts. Its recipients exemplify ArtTable’s dedication to the lasting impact of the visual arts on our shared cultural life. In 2003, as a special gesture to ArtTable and the leading women it honors, Louise Bourgeois created an unnumbered, cast bronze edition to represent the award for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts. EYE (cast bronze and silver nitrate with a polished patina) is cast each year in commendation to our awardee.

Click here to view a list of all past Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Awardees.

ArtTable’s New Leadership Award recognizes an emerging professional who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made considerable contributions to the visual art field in the earlier stages of their careers. This award was first introduced as part of ArtTable’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2005. This past year’s award was Seven Square Inches of Water, a limited-edition artwork by Maya Lin created to benefit the “What Is Missing?” project.

Click here to view a list of all past New Leadership Awardees.

ArtTable Day

Friday, April 7, 2023

A woman holds up an art print and gestures to the middle of it while 3 other women look on and take photos.
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In 2005, the Mayor of New York City declared April 7 as ArtTable Day, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of ArtTable’s founding. Over 15 years later, we continue to use this day to celebrate our incredible community of professional women in the arts!

In 2021, many of you gifted ArtTable Memberships to professional women starting out in our field to celebrate ArtTable’s 40th Anniversary. This is something that anyone can do all year round to provide emerging professionals with a national network of leading women in the arts, fostering supportive professional relationships and professional development opportunities. 

Celebrate ArtTable Day all year round!

Give the gift of ArtTable membership!

Even if you don’t have anyone specific in mind to sponsor, we keep a list of individuals who could benefit from ArtTable membership but do not currently have the means to join. We will let you know when your donation has been matched with an individual.

Nominate a friend or colleague for ArtTable membership.

Support ArtTable today. Every dollar counts to help us support women in the visual arts.

Benefit Archive

April 8, 2022
Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Awardee – Carol Cole Levin
New Leadership Awardee – Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood

April 16, 2021
Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Awardee – Barbara Tober
New Leadership Awardee – La Tanya S. Autry

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