February 6, 2017

Posted In: Events, Recognition Dinner

The Recognition Dinner is Anderson Ranch’s largest fundraising event of the year celebrating creativity and service to the arts by recognizing the accomplishments of key figures in the art world. The event brings together art world luminaries and supporters for an evening of fun and fundraising, including cocktails, dinner and a live auction.

Nick Cave

International Artist Award

Nick Cave (© Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NEW YORK. Photo by Sandro.)

Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, which camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment.

Cave has several important institutional projects concurrently on view, including Nick Cave: Feat, which opened at the Frist Art Museum (2017 – 18), then travelled to the Orlando Museum of Art (2018) and the Akron Art Museum, the Glenbow Museum, and the Mississippi Museum, all in 2019.  Cave was recently the subject of Until, a major solo exhibition of new work at Mass MoCA in 2016 – 17, which travelled to Carriageworks (2018 – 19), then to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2020.  Other recent solo exhibitions include The Let Go at the Park Avenue Armory in June 2018.

Public collections include the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Trapholt Museum, Kolding, Denmark, among others.

Nick Cave has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery since 2006. Cave is Professor and Chairman of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sarah Arison

Service to the Arts Award

Photo by Nick Garcia, provided courtesy of National YoungArts Foundation.

Born and raised in Miami, Sarah Arison is President of the Arison Arts Foundation, a private grant-making organization that supports emerging artists and the institutions that foster them. She was immersed in the arts from a young age by her grandparents, visionary philanthropists Ted and Lin Arison, who founded Arison Arts Foundation, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the New World Symphony, among their many philanthropic endeavors.

Arison is active across a broad cross-section of national arts organizations. She is Chair of the Board of the National YoungArts Foundation, where she has developed strategic partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, Sundance Film Festival and more to provide aspiring talent with presentation and mentorship opportunities. Arison is Vice-Chair of the board of MoMA PS1; a trustee of MoMA and member of the Committee on Education; a trustee of American Ballet Theatre and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee of Lincoln Center; a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum and Chair of the Education Committee; a trustee of New World Symphony; a member of the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts; and a trustee of the Americas Foundation of the Serpentine Galleries.

Arison has also ventured into film producing, supporting projects that shed light on lesser known aspects of the arts. In 2015, she produced her first feature film, “Desert Dancer”, starring Freida Pinto. She later went on to co-produce “The First Monday in May”, a documentary film chronicling the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute blockbuster exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass. She recently co-produced “The Price of Everything” which was acquired by HBO at the Sundance Film Festival.

Arison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and French with a minor in Art History from Emory University.

Doug Casebeer

Extraordinary Leadership Award

Doug Casebeer has been at Anderson Ranch Arts Center since 1985. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. His recent exhibitions include a solo show at Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA and a two person show with Takashi Nakazato in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan. He has served as pottery/ceramics consultant to the U.N.’s Industrial Development Organization, and recently as a board member for the Carbondale Clay Center.

Prior to this award, Casebeer was most recently honored with the 2019 NCECA Honorary Member Award in March, 2019. The NCECA Honorary Member Award is for individuals whose contributions to the field have been deemed as superior, unique, and consistent over the years. The NCECA Board was in unanimous agreement that this award Doug earned is acknowledgement of his incredible contributions to the organization’s past, present and future.

In addition, Casebeer has joined the University of Oklahoma as an Artist-in-Residence, specifically mentoring graduate students. He and his wife Susan split their time between Norman, OK and their home and Doug’s newly-built studio in Carbondale, CO.

Past Honorees

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