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.
International Artist Award
Simone Leigh’s work is informed by her exploration of black female subjectivity and ethnography. Through her investigations of cultures, time periods and geographies, she confronts and examines ideas of the female body, race, beauty and community.
Simone is a recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize, the Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant, Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Herb Alpert Award for Visual Art, A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. Recent projects include: “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and as a Weapon”, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; “Psychic Friends Network”, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London; “The Waiting Room”, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Free People’s Medical Clinic, commissioned by Creative Time; inHarlem, a public installation presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem at Marcus Garvey Park, New York; and a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith
Service to the Arts Award
Jerry Saltz was born in Chicago, IL and currently lives in New York City. He is the Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine where he has been since 2007. Prior to that Saltz was the Senior Art Critic for the Village Voice, and has been a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Saltz has had two volumes of collected criticism published, is the 2015 Winner of the National Magazine Award for Criticism; the only art critic to ever win this award.
In 2007, Saltz was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism from the College Art Association. He has lectured widely including at Harvard, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others. Saltz taught at Columbia University, Yale, the Rhode Island School of Design and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. In addition to having written for Frieze, Parkett, Art in America, and many other publications, he was recently ranked # 57 “Most Powerful Person in the Art World” by ArtReview Magazine – one ahead of Jasper Johns.
Saltz was the Sole Advisor for the 1995 Whitney Biennial. He has written for The Village Voice; Frieze; Modern Painters; Parkett; Art in America; Time Out New York; Flash Art; Arts Magazine; and others. He is co-editor of ‘Sketchbook With Voices,’ with Eric Fischl, Alfred Van der Marck Editions, 1986 as well as the founder of N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1973, an artist-run Gallery where he was curator of more than 75 exhibitions.