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New York Foundation for the Arts established the NYFA Hall of Fame in recognition of the extraordinary artists we serve and the generous patrons who help us do so.

Since 2011, at our annual benefit, we have honored artists and patrons of the arts who, through their career-long sustenance of artistic vision and uncompromising integrity, represent the best that NYFA has to offer. Below, each inductee discusses their body of work and the impact of NYFA's support on creative pursuits. 

2018 Inductees

On April 12, 2018, we honored Paul Beatty, Phil Gilbert, and Carolee Schneemann.

Paul Beatty

The fact that somebody was trying to encourage me, not feed me literally but kind of feed my drive, it was very important. It’s just nice to get some kind of recognition, and the support was huge.

Paul Beatty (Fellow in Poetry '93) is the author of the novels Tuff (Anchor 1998), Slumberland (Bloomsbury USA 2008), and The White Boy Shuffle (Picador 1996), and the poetry collections Big Bank Take Little Bank (Nuyorican Poets Café Press 1991) and Joker, Joker, Deuce (Penguin 1994). He was the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (Bloomsbury USA 2006). In 2016, he became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015). In 2017, he was the winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award. He lives in New York City.

Phil Gilbert

The role of the artist in the world, the role of the designer at IBM, it’s all the same thing: it’s about how we create human connections so that we can advance the state and the condition of mankind.

Phil Gilbert, Patron of the Arts, is a recognized leader in the technology industry who has led the IBM design program since 2012, spearheading a broader transformation of how the company’s teams understand and solve complex problems. The program is based on two principles: adding formally-trained designers into IBM at an unprecedented scale, and reskilling its global workforce in design thinking and agile practices. Previously, Gilbert led the Business Process Management segment for IBM, where he drove the simplification of its portfolio and the ease-of-use of its products. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Carolee Schneemann

The year that I got a NYFA grant, that changed my life completely. I had three part-time jobs: I was a dog dryer in a pet shop, I was an extra in porno films, and I taught Sunday School on Sundays…I was pretty desperate for funding as usual in those years and the grant really changed my life.

Carolee Schneemann (Performance/Multidisciplinary ‘87) is one of the most influential artists of the second part of the 20th century. Her pioneering investigations into subjectivity, the social construction of the female body, and the cultural biases of art history have had significant influence on subsequent generations of artists. Recent honors include receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2017, and being celebrated with a career retrospective at MoMA PS1. Schneemann’s painting, photography, performance, and installation work has been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Her work has been screened as part of film and video retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art; National Film Theatre, London; and San Francisco Cinematheque. 

[+] 2017 Inductees

On April 14, 2017, we honored Ida Applebroog, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Christopher d'Amboise, and Lynn Nottage.

[+] 2016 Inductees

On April 12, 2016, we honored James Casebere, Anna Deavere Smith, Faith Ringgold, and Zhou Long.

[+] 2015 Inductees

On April 14, 2015, we honored Judith K. Brodsky, Antony Hegarty, Shirin Neshat, and Eric Overmyer.

[+] 2014 Inductees

On April 22, 2014, we honored Deborah Kass, Terry McMillan, and Dwight Rhoden, and the Ford Foundation (represented by Darren Walker).

[+] 2013 Inductees

On April 23, 2013, we honored Elliot Goldenthal, Mira Nair, and Fred Wilson, as well as Michael Findlay, director of Acquavella Galleries.

[+] 2012 Inductees

On April 30, 2012, we honored Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Christian Marclay, and Suzan-Lori Parks.

[+] 2011 Inductees

On April 26, 2011, we honored Todd Haynes, Wendy Perron, and Andres Serrano.

Image Credit: 2017 NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit, Photo Credit: Carl Timpone/BFA.com

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