The Olana Partnership 2013 Frederic E. Church Award Gala was held at the New York Public Library. This year’s Gala celebrated the Extraordinary American Landscape honoring two outstanding individuals who each are transforming the perception of American art. Olana honored Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Stephen Hannock, acclaimed contemporary landscape painter.
The Frederic E. Church Award (FEC Award) is a celebration of art, landscape and culture. Musical artist and art collector, Sting, delivered remarks about his longtime friend, Mr. Hannock, and presented his award. Acclaimed artist, Christo, spoke of the contribution Ms. Broun has made to American art, also presenting her with the award.
The Stephen Hannock painting “Niagara Falls”, a work of polished acrylic on sealed paper, was offered at the Benefit Auction led by Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, David Redden. The piece is framed in a handcrafted replica of a 20th century period frame by Eli Wilner and Company. Danny Meyer and Union Square Events catered the event. The evening raised nearly $800,000 for The Olana Partnership. There were 262 guests in attendance.
Elizabeth Broun and Stephen Hannock as honorees. Gabrielle and Louis Bacon, James F. Dicke II, William Lauder, and Caroline and Tiger Williams served as the event’s co-chairs. Anna May Feige and Belinda Kaye were Steering Committee co-chairs. Sting (Presenter) and Trudie Styler, Christo (Presenter), Sara Griffen (President, The Olana Partnership.
Images via Owen Hoffman & Adreil Reboh, PatrickMcMullan.com