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Purchase College School of the Arts Gala

Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage


March 15, 2010


Purchase College School of the Arts holds its 2ND School of the Arts Gala on Monday, March 15th at the Millennium Broadway Hotel/ The Hudson Theatre to honor Kiki Smith, Paul Taylor, Lynn Nottage and Paquito D'Rivera with the Nelson A. Rockefeller Awards for their  contributions to the visual and performing arts. Purchase Conservatory students will present performances as tributes to the honorees.

Monday, March 15, 2010
6:30PM Cocktail Reception
8:00PM Award Presentation  

Millennium Broadway Hotel/The Hudson Theatre
145 West 44th Street, New York City

To present the 2nd Nelson A. Rockefeller Awards for outstanding contributions to the visual and performing arts.

Honorees receiving the 2010 awards include artist Kiki Smith,  
choreographer Paul Taylor, playwright Lynn Nottage and musician
Paquito D'Rivera. Curb Your Enthusiasm's Susie Essman will be the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
Bio information

Susie Essman-Susie is an American stand-up comedienne and comic actress
in television and films. She has played the sassy Susie Greene for all seven seasons of the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Kiki Smith-Kiki is an American artist classified as a feminist artist.  She is a leading figure amongst artists addressing the philosophical, social, legal, and spiritual aspects of human nature. She is best known for her sculptures;
however, she creates pieces in a variety of media.
Paul Taylor- Paul is one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century and is best known for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his dances.  Paul formed The
Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1954. He has collaborated with painters Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Alex Katz.
Lynn Nottage- Lynn is an American playwright whose work often deals with the lives of African Americans and women.  In 2009 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the critically acclaimed play, Ruined.
Paquito D'Rivera - Paquito is a Cuban-born clarinetist and saxophonist who is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.  He has won nine Grammy Awards and has recorded more than 30 solo albums.


Patron tickets are $1,000. Individual tickets are $500.
Please call 212-677-3173 ext. 236
The School of the Arts Endowment Fund supports scholarships for students in the visual arts, music, theatre arts and film, and dance and student exhibitions and fully-staged student productions of the Purchase Opera, Purchase Orchestra, Purchase Dance Corps and Purchase Repertory Theatre.

Purchase College State University of New York, a major institution of higher education encompasses the liberal arts, professional training in the performing and visual arts, and liberal studies and continuing education, the Neuberger Museum of Art and The Performing Arts Center.


Curb Your Enthusiasm's Susie Essman hosts the 2nd Purchase College School of the Arts Gala to honor artist Kiki Smith, choreographer Paul Taylor, playwright Lynn Nottage and musician Paquito D'Rivera with the Nelson A. Rockefeller Awards for their contributions to the visual and performing arts. The gala will take place on Monday, March 15th at the Millennium Broadway Hotel/ The Hudson Theatre, 145 West 44th Street at 6:30pm. For tickets:  Patron tickets are $1,000. Individual tickets are $500.  Please call 212-677-3173 ext. 236 and for more information about the event please visit




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