Wednesday, February 8th, brought the glorious return of the RxART PARTY – the ultimate celebration of our exceptional collaborating artists, dedicated hospital partners, and respected major supporters. We proudly honored Nina Chanel Abney and Derrick Adams with the RxART Inspiration Award, recognizing their brilliant creativity and recent RxART installations in the pediatric departments at NYC Health + Hospitals Elmhurst and Harlem, respectively. Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Director of Jack Shainman Gallery, presented the award to Nina, and Jasmine Wahi, Co-Director and Founder of Project for Empty Space, presented Derrick with his award.
RxART Board Member Chris Salgardo, our PARTY Chair, spoke passionately about exciting new projects including our work with SUNY Upstate Nappi Wellness Institute in Syracuse where Tomokazu Matsuyama, Julia Chiang, and Ann Craven will create installations. Chris announced that ATWATER, his newly founded skincare brand, in partnership with Ducati North America, has released a limited edition cleansing bar, the proceeds from which will support the Nappi project.
The sold-out dinner at Nine Orchard gathered over 120 of our friends, supporters, and partners over a family-style dinner and Doce Mezcal Negronis. Many of our collaborating artists including Harold Ancart, Julia Chiang, Brian Donnelly, Austin Eddy, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Nicolas Party, and Mickalene Thomas joined us in the celebration. Artist Ewa Juszkiewicz – who created our 2023 PARTY VIP Edition Print – flew in from Poland to be with us for the joyous occasion. The evening was topped off by a soulful musical performance by singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin who had the crowd joining in on her single “Try,” before closing out with a new song that will be released spring of 2023.
Thanks to the evening’s success, funds raised will support forthcoming installations with Harold Ancart for Primary Children’s Hospital in Lehi, UT, Shara Hughes at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and artists soon to be announced for projects with Gracie Square Hospital in NYC, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
CHAIR, Chris Salgardo
Neil & Rachel Blumenthal, Diane Brown, Glori & Meir Cohen, Steve Davis, Larry Gagosian, Agnes Gund, Heather Hasson, Michi Jigarjian, Michael Laven, David & Dawn Lenhardt, Nancy Olnick, TJ Parker, Cynthia Zabel
Lidia Andich, Sarah Arison, Mary Lynn Bergman-Rallis & John Rallis, Keith Fox, Benjamin Godsill & Annie Burns, Leta Grzan, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, LGDR, Pace Prints, Serra Pradhan, Max Teicher, Casey Taylor Weyand
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTING PARTNERS