Anderson Ranch Arts
Center Announces 2015 Recognition Dinner Honorees: Frank Stella
and Jennifer and David Stockman 19th Annual Gala Celebration
took Place July 16, 2015 Aspen/Snowmass, Colo.|
Anderson Ranch Arts
Center, a premier destination in America for art making and
critical dialogue, celebrates creativity and service to the arts
by recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of key
figures in the art world.
This summer, Anderson Ranch honored Frank Stella with the National
Artist Award and Jennifer and David Stockman with the Service to
the Arts Award at its 19th Annual Recognition Dinner.
The gala evening took place July 16, 2015, at 6:00pm at the
historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen. “We are thrilled to honor Frank
Stella, an enduring artist and icon who is actively influencing
the art world today,” said Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director of
Anderson Ranch Arts Center. “His career and contributions span
over an incredible 50 years, and his work is as alive now as it
has ever been.
Our enthusiasm for Frank is only matched by our admiration for
world-class collectors, Jennifer and David Stockman, whose
sphere of influence in the art world and stalwart support for
the advancement of art is truly remarkable.” Hosted at the
height of Aspen’s summer season, the Recognition Dinner brings
together art world luminaries and supporters to enjoy a festive
evening of celebration and fundraising, including cocktails,
dinner, dancing and a live auction.
Specially selected contemporary artworks were featured in the
live auction, including a Liza Lou sculpture contributed by
White Cube Gallery and more. Tables and tickets are currently
available at http://andersonranch.org/ or by calling Anderson
Ranch at 970/923.3181 x227. Proceeds from the evening
benefit Anderson Ranch educational programs.
About the Awards The National Artist Award is given to
nationally and internationally recognized artists who have
supported artists, created innovations in art making, and whose
careers have set an example and a direction for other artists.
Past recipients include Theaster Gates, Bill Voila, Cindy
Sherman, Vik Muniz, Laurie Anderson, Christo and Jeanne-Claude
and more. Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist, Marianne Boesky
Gallery, New York, and Dominique Lévy, New York and London.
Photo credit: Erik Hesmerg, Amsterdam.
The Service to the Arts Award is given to locally and nationally
recognized arts advocates whose efforts have supported artists
and arts institutions and who have made contributions to the
cultural and social life of our country, representing the
highest level of leadership, integrity and vision.
Prior recipients include Debra and Dennis Scholl, Jane and Marc
Nathanson, Soledad and Robert Hurst and Melva Bucksbaum and
Raymond Learsy, among others. Frank Stella Frank Stella was born
in Malden, Mass. in 1936. He studied Painting at Princeton
University, graduating with a degree in History. Upon exhibiting
his Black Paintings in the seminal Sixteen Americans at The
Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1959, Stella’s first solo
exhibition took place at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York in 1960.
Since then, the artist’s serial practice – comprising the
Aluminum Paintings, Concentric Squares, Irregular Polygons,
Polish Villages, Cones and Pillars and Moby Dick, among many
others – has been presented globally at institutions and
galleries alike. The youngest artist ever to have a
retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970),
Stella was the subject of a second survey there in 1987.
More recently, major surveys of his work have taken place at The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2007) and Kunstmuseum
Wolfsburg, Germany (2012). He was awarded the National Medal of
Arts by President Barack Obama in 2010. In the fall of 2015, a
retrospective of Stella’s work will inaugurate the new downtown
location of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and
travel to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the de Young
Museum, San Francisco in 2016. Frank Stella lives and works in
New York. Jennifer Blei Stockman Jennifer Blei Stockman has
spent the past 25 years in the non-profit world. Prior to that,
she was a business executive and entrepreneur. Since 2005, she
has been President of the Guggenheim museums in New York,
Bilbao, Venice and soon-to-be Abu Dhabi. She was a founding
member of the Museum's Photography Committee and has chaired the
annual gala for a decade. Stockman has been a passionate
collector of contemporary art since 1990 and has served on
committees at MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Aspen
Art Museum and created the Bruce Museum Council in Greenwich,
For 10 years, Stockman chaired the Republican Majority for Choice (RMC),
which defends women's rights, and is now its Chair Emeritus. She
is a former board member of the WISH List (Women in the Senate
and House), SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center, Greenwich
Country Day School, Conyers Farm Association and the YWCA, where
she founded the Leadership Council and received the Heart of
Greenwich award. Stockman began her business career at IBM as a
systems engineer and in marketing while getting her MBA in
Finance at George Washington University. After rising through
management ranks at IBM, she left to become vice president of
Sears World Trade. She spun her division off to form Stockman &
Associates Inc. (SAI), where she served as CEO until it was sold
to US West. SAI was an international business advisory firm
specializing in technology with offices in five countries.
Stockman has two daughters, of whom she is exceedingly proud.
David Stockman David Stockman has spent over 40 years in the political and
business worlds. He began his career in Washington and quickly
rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to become the
Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President
Reagan. Stockman’s career in politics began in 1970, when he
served as a special assistant to U.S. Representative John
Anderson of Illinois. From 1972 to 1975, he was executive
director of the U.S. House of Representatives Republican
Conference. Stockman was elected for three terms as a Michigan
Congressman in 1976 and was then asked to join President
Reagan's cabinet as Director of OMB, serving until August 1985.
He was the youngest cabinet member in the 20th century. After
resigning from his position as Director of the OMB, Stockman
wrote a best-selling book, The Triumph of Politics: Why the
Reagan Revolution Failed. After leaving the White House,
Stockman had a long career on Wall Street. He first joined
Solomon Bros and later became one of the original partners at
private equity firm, The Blackstone Group. In 1999, Stockman
founded his own private equity fund based in Greenwich, Conn.
Stockman’s latest book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of
Capitalism in America, is a New York Times bestseller.
His current non-partisan blog,
www.davidstockmanscontracorner.com has attracted over
50,000 followers and reveals contrarian truths about the economy
and foreign policy. Stockman was born in Ft. Hood, Texas. He
received his B.A. from Michigan State University and pursued
graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School. He and his wife,
Jennifer, have two incredible daughters, Victoria Stockman and
Rachel Stockman Koven, about whom he loves to opine.
About Anderson Ranch Arts Center Founded in 1966, Anderson Ranch
Arts Center is a premier destination in America for art making,
bringing together aspiring and internationally renowned artists
to discuss and further their work in a stimulating environment.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., the
Ranch hosts extensive workshops for everyday, emerging and
established artists in seven disciplines, as well as high
profile events throughout the year: the Recognition Dinner and
Annual Art Auction, Featured Artists Series,
Artists-in-Residence Program, Symposium Series, ongoing
exhibitions, lectures and more.
In 2016 Anderson Ranch will celebrate its 50th anniversary,
furthering its mission to provide transformative experiences
that celebrate artists, art making, creative dialogue and
Learn more at
www.andersonranch.org or 970/923.3181.