Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Sarah Jessica Parker==Guild Hall's Academy of the Arts Awards==Rainbow Room, NYC==March 08, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Owen Hoffmann/PMC== ==
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Yesterday was the International Women’s Day and fittingly for the first time in the Guild Hall Academy Awards, all three honorees this year were women—in visual, performing, and literary arts.

On Tuesday, March 8th, art world guests gathered at the Rainbow Room for the Guild Hall Academy of Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards to celebrate the evening’s honorees: actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Heilmann, A.M. Homes, Charlotte Moss and Barry S. Friedberg.

Event’s attendees like Barbara and Alan Jacobs, Marty Cohen, Susan Jacobson, Christina Strassfield, Arlene Slavin, Michael Travin, Melissa Kassis, Barbara and Richard Lane, Bill Cunningham, Melissa Cassis, and others toasted the artistic visionaries who were presented with awards by artist Eric Fischl, who also hosted the colorful evening, as well as Alice Pratt Brown, Rosanne Cash, and Howard Milstein.

The awards ceremony’s visitors were greeted by Marty Cohen, Board Chair, along with Ruth Appelhof, Ph.D., Guild Hall’s Executive Director. The evening continued with an elegant reception and cocktails following the awards ceremony as guests overlooked the stunning spring Manhattan’s skyline.

The 31st annual Awards dinner soiree is hosted to honor both summer and year-round East End residents who have demonstrated excellence in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Funds raised from the Award’s gala dinner 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. Above all, these acclaimed awards are a testament to these women’s careers as artists and that alone is worth celebrating on the International Women’s Day.

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