Frank Stella, Jenny Holzer, Beverley Taylor Sorenson, Gabourey Sidibe to be Honored on October 17th

Monday, October 3, 2011

press releaseContact:
Catherine Brandt
Americans for the Arts

Jenna Lee Scott
Nadine Johnson & Associates
212- 228- 5555

Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announces recipients of the 2011 National Arts Awards. The annual awards recognize those artists and arts leaders who exhibit exemplary national leadership and whose work demonstrates extraordinary artistic achievement. They are organizations and individuals—artists, business leaders, and patrons—who understand that the arts and arts education enrich people and communities alike. 

WHAT: Americans for the Arts 2011 National Arts Awards 


  • Frank Stella
    Isabella & Theodor Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Beverley Taylor Sorenson
    Eli & Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts 
  • Jenny Holzer
    Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award 
  • President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
    Arts Education Award
  • Gabourey Sidibe
    Bell Family Foundation Young Artist Award
  • Wells Fargo & Company
    Corporate Citizenship in the Arts Award


Cipriani 42nd Street
110 East 42nd Street, New York City


Monday, October 17, 2011
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception; 7:30 p.m. Dinner

CHAIR: Maria Bell

CO-CHAIRS: Edythe and Eli Broad; Isabella and Theodor Dalenson


PRESENTERS: Michael Benson, David Henry Hwang, Robert Storr, Brian Kennedy

ATTENDING: Brooke Barzun and Ambassador Matthew Barzun, Christo, Chuck Close, Will Cotton and Rose Dergan, Todd Eberle, Pierre Dulaine, Jeff Koons, Raymond Learsy, Tina Lutz, Sarah Morris, Yvonne Marceau, Josephine Meckseper and Richard Phillips, Sarah Morris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Pasternak, Ellen Phelan and Joel Shapiro, George Stevens Jr., Victoria Rowell, Jennifer and David Stockman, Mike Starn, Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel, Kulapat Yantrasast

TICKETS:  Sponsorship opportunities and ticket prices range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Support for the 2011 National Arts Awards has come from individuals, foundations, and corporations, including: The Annenberg Foundation, The Bell Family Foundation, The Broad Art Foundation, Gagosian Gallery, Agnes Gund, The Herb Alpert Foundation, Nove Capital, and Wells Fargo & Company.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at