Nina Yankowitz, Donna Uchizono, and Rockefeller Capital Management to be Honored at 2024 NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit

Nina Yankowitz, Donna Uchizono, and Rockefeller Capital Management to be Honored at 2024 NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit
Image: (L) Nina Yankowitz, Image Courtesy of Nina Yankowitz; (Center) Donna Uchizono, Image Credit: Matthew Murphy; and (R) Gregory J. Fleming, Image Courtesy of Rockefeller Capital Management

NYFA’s 2024 Hall of Fame Benefit will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at Gotham Hall in Manhattan.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will celebrate the induction of three honorees into the NYFA Hall of Fame during its annual benefit on Wednesday, April 3 at Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018. This annual event is a celebration of artistic achievement and community support that bolsters NYFA’s mission to empower and sustain artists and cultural workers of all career stages and disciplines.

Established in 2011 as NYFA’s most significant fundraiser, the ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, dinner and an awards presentation, and dessert.

The evening’s honorees are: 

Each guest will receive a signed limited-edition Nina Yankowitz print as a gift. All proceeds will benefit NYFA’s programming and mission to empower artists at critical stages of their lives. Attire is festive. 


NYFA Board Members Lesley-Anne Gliedman and Sarah Young O’Donnell are the 2024 Hall of Fame Benefit Co-Chairs. Judith K. Brodsky, former NYFA Board Chair; Liz Christensen, NYFA Advisory Council Chair; Marc J. Jason, NYFA Board Chair; and J. Wesley McDade, NYFA Vice Board Chair, comprise the 2024 Hall of Fame Benefit Committee. Please click here for a full list of the Host and Artist Committees.

On the inductees, arts advocate and NYFA Board Chair Marc J. Jason said: “Nina Yankowitz and Donna Uchizono are visionary New York artists who continue to innovate in their respective fields. Rockefeller Capital Management is a valued NYFA partner whose support of the arts and arts education aligns with NYFA’s work and mission. We look forward to celebrating and recognizing all three this April at our Hall of Fame Benefit.”

Past NYFA Hall of Fame Inductees include Ida Applebroog, Paul Beatty, Sanford Biggers, James Casebere, Christopher d’Amboise, Marylyn Dintenfass, Anna Deavere Smith, Min Jin Lee, Zhou Long, Christian Marclay, Terry McMillan, Mira Nair, Lynn Nottage, Eric Overmyer, Suzan-Lori Parks, Wendy Perron, Dwight Rhoden, Faith Ringgold, Carolee Schneemann, Andres Serrano, Carmelita Tropicana, Kay WalkingStick, and Chin Chih Yang. 

“We’re thrilled to induct Nina Yankowitz, Donna Uchizono, and Rockefeller Capital Management into NYFA’s Hall of Fame,” said Michael Royce, NYFA CEO. “Nina and Donna have long been part of the NYFA family; not only are they both trailblazing artists but they are constantly uplifting those around them. Rockefeller Capital Management has given NYFA artists wonderful opportunities to exhibit their work, and we’re so grateful for their support,” he added.

Nina Yankowitz is a visual artist based in New York City. Emerging in the American counterculture era, Yankowitz was inspired by Greenwich Village’s music scene to merge visual and auditory elements in her art. In the late 1960s, she innovated with draped and pleated paintings, employing spray-painted mists on unstretched canvases to create dynamic, atmospheric works that defied convention. Her unique style gained recognition, leading to her participation in the inaugural 1973 Whitney Biennial exhibit with her Painted Canvas Thread/String Reading. In the mid-1970s, Yankowitz joined women to form a feminist ‘Mother Collective’ to create HERESIES a feminist publication on art and politics, challenging society’s injustices and a male-dominated art worldHer art continues to push boundaries, using interactive technology and projections to address societal issues. Yankowitz’s work promotes awareness about causal abrupt climate changes and her advocacy for “Unsung (S)heroes” and underserved community rights.     

Donna Uchizono is a dance artist based in New York City, and the artistic director of Donna Uchizono Company. Receiving public and critical recognition for her innovative movement language and distinct wit, Uchizono was commissioned to create work for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Paula Vogel, Oskar Eustis, David Hammons, and Oliver Sacks. In 2011, after decades of critically acclaimed dance works that toured nationally and internationally, Uchizono was identified by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (NYPL) and Dance Heritage Coalition as a master choreographer whose works require preservation. Uchizono was recently distinguished by the NYPL as the first and only American-born choreographer of Asian ancestry in the history of Modern Dance to have received the recognition of both cumulative esteemed national awards, as well as the Guggenheim Fellowship, “The “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award, and the significant national and international touring of an eponymous dance company.

Rockefeller Capital Management (RCM) was established in 2018 as a leading independent financial advisory services company. The firm’s support for the arts and art education around the world continues a tradition dating back to its historic roots. It is currently partnering with NYFA to showcase works by NYFA-affiliated artists at 45 Rockefeller Plaza; the third installment of RCM x NYFA highlights a diverse group of artists, each distinct in their discipline and approach, spanning mediums like painting and sculpture. Originally founded in 1882 as the family office of John D. Rockefeller, the firm includes three businesses – the Rockefeller Global Family Office, Rockefeller Asset Management, and Rockefeller Strategic Advisory. It offers strategic advice and services to ultra- and high-net-worth individuals and families, institutions, and corporations from locations across the United States and in London. Gregory J. Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rockefeller Capital Management, will accept on behalf of RCM.

Ticket prices start at $650 and Tables at $6,500; you can purchase tickets here. For more information about NYFA’s Hall of Fame Benefit, please contact Nichole Almanzar at [email protected] or 212.366.6900 x 240.

Amy Aronoff
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