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MAD's Annual Visionaries! Gala and Awards Ceremony


Museum of Arts and Design

MAD's Annual Visionaries! Gala and Awards Ceremony

To Be Held November 27, 2012

The Evening Will Honor Legendary Olfactory Artist
 Sophia Grojsman of IFF,  Influential Fragrance Developer Karyn Khoury of The Estée Lauder Companies,  and Celebrated Designers and Entrepreneurs Joyce And Maya Romanoff


NEW YORK, NY - On Tuesday, November 27, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will host its 2012 Visionaries! Gala, celebrating four individuals - titans of creativity, standard bearers in the luxury, fragrance, and design industries, whose work personifies the Museum's mission to examine contemporary creativity across all media:

Sophia Grojsman of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) - a legendary perfumer who has created some of the most classic and iconic fragrances in the world.

Karyn Khoury of The Estée Lauder Companies - one of the most influential and indelible fragrance developers of our time.
Joyce and Maya Romanoff of the Maya Romanoff Corporation - celebrated designers and entrepreneurs and leaders of innovative wall coverings and surfacing materials that bring great design into our daily lives.

The Visionaries! Awards recognize leaders in the worlds of business, arts, philanthropy and creativity. The Gala's theme is Scent in honor of MAD's upcoming exhibition, The Art of Scent, the first museum exhibition to explore the design and aesthetics of olfactory art, opening at MAD in November.

"The far-reaching explorations of this year's awardees exemplifies MAD's exploration of the world of design across all media and demonstrates how vital design is to every aspect of our lives," said Holly Hotchner, the Museum's Nanette L. Laitman Director. "These four individuals are an inspiration to us all, leaders in their varied fields, and the impact of their work touches the daily lives of their consumers and the experiences of museum visitors in myriad ways."

Held this year at the Mandarin Oriental, Visionaries! will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring work by artists who have been represented in recent exhibitions at the Museum, as well as special scent-themed items, luxury goods, design items, travel getaways, and dining packages. A special "scent dinner," led by MAD's curator of olfactory arts, Chandler Burr, encompassing parallel olfactory and delectable dining experiences, and awards presentation, will follow.

The Art of Scent, 1889-2012, is the first museum exhibition dedicated to exploring the design and aesthetics of olfactory artthrough twelve pivotal fragrances that profoundly impacted the course of the medium. On view November 13, 2012, through February 24, 2013, at the Museum of Arts and Design, the exhibitionwill examine major stylistic developments in the evolution and design of fragrance, and provide unprecedented insight into the creative visions and intricate processes of the artists responsible for crafting the featured works. The scents will be experienced individually in a special installation designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro that emphasizes the distinct combination of artistry and chemistry entailed in their creation.

This innovative exhibition will serve as a backdrop for the 2012 Visionaries! Awards, where both Sophia Grojsman and IFF, as well as Karyn Khoury and The Estée Lauder Companies, are featured as artists, lenders, and exhibition sponsors. Grojsman is the artist who created Trésor (1990), one of the scents featured in the exhibition, and IFF is one of the major donors. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is the Founding Major Donor for the exhibition and the department of olfactory art, and has generously lent two of their celebrated fragrances, Aromatics Elixir (1971) and Pleasures (1995).

Joyce and Maya Romanoff are noted in the industry for their boundless creativity and enduring success as entrepreneurs. "Maya and Joyce's love of beauty is equaled only by the never-ending pursuit of quality in their production, and the integrity of their relationships with designers, craftsmen, and philanthropic institutions," said MAD's chief curator David McFadden. "They are respected and esteemed members of the MAD family and the Museum is thrilled to recognize their ongoing efforts to sustain the rich history of American artisan-made products."

The Visionaries! Gala is the Museum's most important annual fundraiser supporting MAD's exhibitions and educational programs. Proceeds are directed to the support of MAD's arts education program. This year we expect to serve nearly 10,000 children, grades K-12, and from mostly underserved communities. Each year, more than 500 guests, including arts patrons, artists, designers and noted corporate and civic leaders, attend the event.


Sophia Grojsman, ofInternational Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), has created some of the best known fragrances in the world since joining IFF in 1966. She was born in Belarus, and moved to Poland with her family in 1960, where she received a BS in analytical inorganic chemistry. In 1965, Grojsman immigrated to the United States and the following year joined IFF as a lab assistant. She is the "nose" behind, Eternity for Calvin Klein, Paris for Yves St. Laurent, Beautiful by Estee Lauder, Calyx by Prescriptives and Trésor for Lancôme, among many other noted fragrances. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the industry, including the Cosmetic Executive Women's Achiever Award in 1994, the Living Legend Award from the American Society of Perfumers in 1996, and was honored in 1999 by the Cosmetic Executive Women for her lifetime achievements in the fragrance industry.

Karyn Khoury is Senior Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development Worldwide for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Khoury has been with the company for 30 years and oversees fragrance development for seven brands of The Estée Lauder Companies. Known internationally as an expert "nose", Khoury travels the world seeking new ideas and inspirations to translate into the next fragrance success story. Her tenure at The Estée Lauder Companies has been one of incredible experiences, working first with Mrs. Estée Lauder and then with Evelyn Lauder, Leonard Lauder and Aerin Lauder on new fragrance creations and products. Her accomplishments include creative direction for: Beautiful, Knowing, pleasures, the Private Collection fragrances developed in collaboration with Aerin Lauder, and the Sensuous franchise for Estée Lauder; Unforgivable Men and Unforgivable Women for Sean John; Tommy and Tommy Girl for Tommy Hilfiger; Calyx for Prescriptives; DKNY Be Delicious for Donna Karan Cosmetics; Coach Signature and the Coach Poppy franchise for Coach; Tom Ford Black Orchid, Grey Vetiver, Noir and the Private Blend Collection.

Joyce and Maya Romanoff are leaders of innovative wall coverings and surfacing materials that bring great design into our daily lives. They have continuously employed a cadre of artisans in their Chicago studio for over 40 years to handcraft fine textiles and wallcoverings. Artist, inventor and chief creative officer, Maya Romanoff established the company in 1969 and has sustained the founding vision of transforming modern design by combining ancient artistic techniques with the latest production technology. Maya's continued innovation and industry-wide recognition have led to his being named a Trailblazer by The International Furnishings and Design Association and an Icon of Industry by NEWH, among many other accolades. Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1991, Maya has forged ahead and continued to grow the company in partnership with his wife Joyce and family bringing a next generation to the company. Joyce Romanoff joined the Maya Romanoff Corporation in 1988 as National Sales Director and became President in 2004. She is focused on making the "the art of everyday" scalable for global distribution and during her tenure at Maya Romanoff, the company has grown substantially. Joyce's enthusiasm and passion for beautiful products is boundless and she has worked to sustain the company culture of experimentation that allows it to continually evolve. Joyce currently serves on the Exhibitions Committee for the Museum of Arts and Design in NY and serves on the Advisory Boards for HD Expo and HD Boutique. She vigorously supports various Parkinson's foundations.

Past Honorees of MAD's Visionaries! Award have included:

Architects and Designers Ron Arad; Michael Graves; Vladimir Kagan; Todd Oldham; Lella and Massimo Vignelli; Marcel Wanders.
Business Leaders Denis Abrams, CEO, Benjamin Moore; George Beylerian, Material Connexion; Daniel L. Doctoroff, President of Bloomberg, LP; Jean-Louis Dumas, the late chairman of Hermès; Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide; Kenneth A. Himmel, CEO, Related Companies; Robert King, Founder and CEO, Humanscale; Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., CEO of the Kohler Company; Martha Stewart, CEO of Martha Stewart Living; Burton M. Tansky, CEO of Neiman Marcus; Claudio Luti, Chairman of Kartell.
Artists El Anatsui; Dale Chihuly; Ruth Duckworth; Sam Maloof; William Morris; Lino Tagliapietra; Toshiko Takaezu; Lenore Tawney; Peter Voulkos; and Eva Zeisel.

Arts Patrons Jerome Chazen; Ella Fontanals Cisneros; Nanette L. Laitman; Henry Luce III; and Barbara Tober.
About the Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design explores how art, design and artisanship intersect in the visual arts today. The Museum focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes that range from the handmade to cutting-edge technologies. The Museum's exhibition program explores and illuminates issues and ideas; highlights creativity and craftsmanship; and celebrates the limitless potential of materials and techniques when used by creative and innovative artists. MAD's permanent collection is global in scope and focuses on art, craft, and design from 1950 to the present day. Education is central to the Museum's mission. The Museum's dynamic new facility features classrooms and studios for master classes, seminars, and workshops for students, families and adults. Three open artist studios engage visitors in the creative processes of artists at work and enhance the exhibition programs. Lectures, films, performances and symposia related to the Museum's collection and topical subjects affecting the world of contemporary art, craft and design are held in a renovated
144-seat auditorium.

For more information, please contact:

Carnelia Garcia


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