Annual Hall of Fame Benefit

NYFA’s Hall of Fame Benefit recognizes visual, literary, and performing artists who have received NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships and have had a profound impact on the arts through their creative work, and patrons of the arts who have championed the value of the arts in the world around us. 


NYFA is hosting a virtual benefit gala on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT.

Hosted by Grace Angela Henry and featuring prominent artists, the event will mark NYFA’s milestone 50th anniversary. Participating artists include Jennifer Egan, Derek Fordjour, A.M. Homes, Jennifer Karady, Eunbi Kim, Min Jin Lee, Ricardo Maldonado, Mira Nair, Lynn Nottage, Wendy Perron, Dread Scott, Jen Silverman, Elizabeth Streb, Swoon, Julie Taymor, Carmelita Tropicana, and Luis Valderas.

The event will also honor a special friend of NYFA, artist Basil Alkazzi, who has created a limited edition print in honor of NYFA’s 50th anniversary.

Click here for your complimentary ticket or to make a donation.

For additional information or assistance with making your reservation, please contact [email protected].

You can also support NYFA by bidding on our online auction, The Immigrant Story: A Visual Telling, from May 1-May 16, 2021.


NYFA’s 2020 Hall of Fame benefit was cancelled as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to inducting honorees Kay WalkingStick and Chin Chih Yang into NYFA’s Hall of Fame at the next in-person benefit, which is expected to be held in 2022.

We encourage you to continue to support NYFA so that we may help our constituents in these uncertain times who rely on the resources we provide. We are serving a vulnerable demographic, and now more than ever, we will need your help.


Past NYFA Hall of Fame Inductees include Ida Applebroog, Paul Beatty, Sanford Biggers, James Casebere, Christopher d’Amboise, 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, and Andres Serrano. For more on past year’s winners, visit the NYFA Hall of Fame Inductees Page.

For more information on NYFA’s Hall of Fame Benefit, please contact Kimberly Goodis at [email protected] or 212.366.6900 ext. 207.

Image Detail: Kuldeep Singh (Interdisciplinary Work ’18, NYFA IAP Mentor ’19), Celadonus-rosa hybridata in Raag Tilang, 2020, oil on linen, available through NYFA’s online auction, The Immigrant Story: A Visual Telling from May 1-May 16, 2021