Guild Hall presents the ACADEMY OF THE ARTS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS DINNER
Save the date for an exciting and glamorous evening at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Plaza, where we honor artists and philanthropists whose work has consistently inspired and touched us. The night is hosted by artist Eric Fischl, Academy President, along with Marty Cohen, Board Chair, and Andrea Grover, Guild Hall’s Executive Director. We will be announcing the 2017 Awardees shortly.
In 1985 Guild Hall’s Board of Trustees initiated an awards program to recognize achievement in the arts. An independent jury was formed and elected Kurt Vonnegut, Willem de Kooning, and Alan Alda to receive the first Medals of Merit for excellence in the literary, visual, and performing arts. The following year, the Academy of the Arts was created, using as its nucleus the original jury and the original awardees. Since then, the membership has grown and reflects the impressive pool of influential visual, literary, and performing artists with ties to the East End of Long Island.
Guild Hall’s Academy honors both summer and year-round East End residents. Some past honorees include: Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Laurie Anderson, Steven Spielberg, Billy Joel, Elaine Stritch, Mel Brooks and Guild Hall board member Alec Baldwin for Performing Arts; Edwina von Gal, John Alexander, Ralph Gibson, Julian Schnabel, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Weber, April Gornik and Chuck Close for Visual Arts; Jules Feiffer, Walter Isaacson, Jon Robin Baitz, Kurt Vonnegut, E. L. Doctorow, Edward Albee, Joseph Heller and Joe Pintauro for Literary Arts; and Special Awards to Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Dina Merrill and Peter Jennings, to name a few.
Tickets to the Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards Dinner can be purchased by calling the Special Events Department at 631.324.0806 or going online at GuildHall.org. Funds raised benefit Guild Hall’s mission of celebrating the artistic spirit on the East End by educating, inspiring, and enriching diverse audiences with excellent and engaging year-round programming. The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937, 631.324.0806; GuildHall.org