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23rd Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony

ArtTable's 23rd Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony 
Friday, May 6, 2016 | 583 Park Avenue, New York 

Honoring Marieluise Hessel 
collector and philanthropist
with the Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award

Read more about our honoree here

Presented by 
Tom Eccles
executive director
Center for Curatorial Studies
and Hessel Museum of Art 
Bard College

Also recognizing
Sara Raza
Guggenheim UBS MAP curator 
Middle East & North Africa 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 
with the
2016 New Leadership Award

Read more about our NLA awardee here

Featuring mother and daughter
Keynote by 
Mariko Silver
Bennington College

Introduced by
Joan Shigekawa
former acting chairman 
National Endowment
for the Arts

Read more about our keynote presenters here

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Marieluise Hessel

Marieluise Hessel Artzt was born in Munich, Germany. She lived for many years in Mexico before moving to the United States and becoming a citizen. She is married to Edwin L. Artzt, Retired Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.
Marieluise has been a collector of contemporary art since the late 1960's. The wide-ranging collection, which continues to grow, consists of over 2,000 works and is housed at the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum, located at Bard College (CCS Bard).

CCS Bard, which Marieluise co-founded in 1992, is an international research center dedicated to the study of late 20th and 21st century art, curatorial practice, and contemporary culture. It offers a unique graduate program at the Master's Degree level in curatorial practice, the study of museum activities, exhibitions, art criticism, and the interpretation of art.  The Marieluise Hessel Collection is available to these students, as well as scholars and visiting curators.

In 2006, CCS Bard inaugurated the Hessel Museum of Art with a major expansion of the galleries and the Center’s exhibition and public programs.
Marieluise also established the Library and Archives at CCS Bard. The library contains 30,000 volumes including international exhibition catalogs, artists’ monographs, international art periodicals, and Special Collections. The Center’s Archives document the institutional history of CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum as well as serving as the repository for the archives of select galleries, art spaces, and initiatives, and the personal papers of significant contemporary art curators.

Current additional activities include service at the following:
  • the Board of Trustees of Bard College
  • the Board of Directors of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College
  • the Executive Committee of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art
  • the Women’s Roundtable of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Former board and committee activities include service at the following:
  • the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Executive Committee
  • the Mexican Cultural Institute, Board of Directors
  • the World Monuments Fund, Trustee & Executive Committee
  • the New School School for Social Research, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Advisory Committee
Sara Raza

Sara Raza was selected by a committee of esteemed experts in the region as Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa. As a part of her two-year residency at the Guggenheim in New York, Raza is curating the third phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. 

Born in London in 1979, Raza earned a BA in English Literature and History of Art and an MA in Art History and Theory, both from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She also pursued studies towards her Ph.D. at the Royal College of Art.

Raza has curated exhibitions and projects for several international biennials and festivals, including the Tashkent Biennial: Quotations from Daily Life, Art Gallery of Uzbekistan; Rhizoma (generation in waiting), Collateral Event, Venice Biennale; and Baku Public Art Festival: A Drop of Sky, Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan. She also co-curated the Bishkek International: In the Shadow of Fallen Heroes at the Bishkek Historical Museum and Alto Square, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2005.

Raza has lectured and participated in panels at Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany; Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; San Jose State University; and Bishkek Historical Museum, Kyrgyzstan; Queen Mary University and Westminster University; Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates; Intelligence Squared, United Kingdom, London; the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, and American University of Sharjah; Casa Árabe, Madrid; Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Boston; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 

Formerly, Raza was the head of education at Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, founding head of curatorial programs at Alaan Art Space, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and curator of public programs at Tate Modern, London. She was an educational advisor to Edge of Arabia’s CULTURUNNERS US tour and a jury member for the 2014 Akbank Contemporary Artists Prize, for which she also curated the shortlist exhibition. She was the winner of the United Kingdom Arts Council’s Emerging Curator’s Award at the South London Gallery, and a finalist for the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement.  

Sara Raza writes for numerous art publications and is the West and Central Asia desk editor of ArtAsiaPacific. She is the author of Punk Orientalism: Central Asia’s Contemporary Art Revolution, which will be published in winter 2016 by Black Dog Publishing, London.

Mariko Silver

Dr. Mariko Silver took office as president of Bennington College on July 1, 2013. Prior to this appointment Dr. Silver was a senior advisor to the president of Arizona State University (ASU). She previously held leadership roles at Columbia University, in the Obama administration, and in the administration of Arizona’s governor Janet Napolitano.
As senior advisor to ASU President Michael Crow, Dr. Silver was a key strategist in what Newsweek called “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the origins of the modern university.” She designed and led international and community initiatives focused on economic development, interdisciplinary science initiatives, and student success. Dr. Silver has served on the boards of the Humanity in Action Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Arizona, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and is a member of the American Association of Geographers and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She holds a BA in History from Yale University, an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex (UK), and a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). 

Joan Shigekawa

Joan Shigekawa became Acting Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in December 2012. Previously, Ms. Shigekawa served as NEA Senior Deputy Chairman since 2009. She is the former Associate Director for Foundation Initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation where she led the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund and was the founding officer for the Southeast Asia cultural exchange program and for the Creativity in a Digital Age area of work. Ms. Shigekawa was the first Director of the Arts Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. Prior to that Ms. Shigekawa was with the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she directed the international Production Laboratory of the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Ms. Shigekawa has 20 years’ experience in film, television and the theater, and has served as an arts advisor for a broad range of projects in the visual, performing and media arts. She has served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in the Arts, a national organization of foundation executives in the arts and is the former Chair of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. In addition she has served as a trustee of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Muse Film and Television, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Ms. Shigekawa is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

Roland Augustine
Lori Chemla
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz
Jennifer Stockman
Michael Ward Stout

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Marieluise Hessel Artzt and Ed Artzt

Nathalie and Charles de Gunzburg
Tracy Freedman | Freedman Art Advisory
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Milly Glimcher | Pace Gallery
Agnes Gund

Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 

Roland Augustine
Jane Borthwick
Lori Chemla
Bobbi Coller
Jeanne Collins
Madeleine Conway
Paula Cooper
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Lisa Dennison 
Anne Edgar
Merry Glosband
Carol Goldberg
Nohra Haime
Suzi Jaffe
Ann and Gilbert Kinney
Heidi Lee Komaromi
Mary Lynn Kotz
Laura Kruger
Nanette L. Laitman 
Raymond Learsy
Christina Lockwood
Lawrence Luhring
Petzel Gallery 
Tara K. Reddi
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn
June and Paul Schorr III
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz
Lowery Stokes Sims
Barbara Tober
Susan Wassertein

The Chinati Foundation
The Thunderbird Hotel 

Recipients of ArtTable's Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award
Kitty Carlisle Hart 1993
Agnes Gund 1994
Emily Rauh Pulitzer 1995
Dianne Pilgrim 1996
Joan Mondale 1997
Stephanie French 1998
Lucy Lippard 1999
Marcia Tucker 2000
Paula Cooper 2001
Iris Cantor 2002
Linda Nochlin 2003
Elizabeth C. Baker 2004
Elizabeth A. Sackler 2006
Emily K. Rafferty 2007
Vishakha N. Desai 2008
Toby Devan Lewis 2009
Yoko Ono 2010
Lila Harnett 2011
Patricia E. Harris 2012
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros 2013
Marguerite Steed Hoffman 2014 
Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy 2015