Americans For The Arts Celebrate At Cipriani's 42nd

by MEGHANN MADIGAN · October 6, 2009

National Arts Awards[All Photos by JOE SCHILDHORN for PMc]. Did you know that October is National Arts and Humanities Month? Well, Robert Redford, Salman Rushdie, Ed Ruscha, and Dr. Sidney Harman, certainly do! Monday night at Cipriani's 42nd they were honored by the Americans for the Arts at the National Arts Awards.

Maria Bell served as the chair for this event which recognizes individual contributions to such categories such as visual and performing arts, arts education, and philanthropy.  Other notable attendants of the event included Bob Lynch, Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Koons, Vera Wang, Ken Burns, Dennis Hopper, Walter Mosley, and featured artist Kelly Richardson.  This event has historically been an amiable meeting of artists and cooporations in pursuit of furthering the arts across the country.  From this year's guest list, it's plain to see that the grand tradition continues.

Bob Lynch, Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Koons, Alexandra Pelosi Bob Lynch, Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Koons, Alexandra Pelosi

Robert Redford, Lola RedfordDr. Sidney Harman, Jane Harman Robert Redford, Sibylle Szaggars‐Redford, Dr. Sidney Harman, Jane Harman

Kerry Washington, Salman Rushdie Kerry Washington, Salman Rushdie

Vera WangKen Burns Vera Wang, Ken Burns

Lisa Phillips, Suzanne Scott, Chuck Close Dennis Hopper, Jeff Koons Lisa Phillips, Suzanne Scott, Chuck Close, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Koons

Walter Mosley Todd Eberle Walter Mosley, Todd Eberle

Steve Spiess, Liora SpiessDana Ruscha, Ed Ruscha, Maria Bell Steve Spiess, Liora Spiess, Dana Ruscha, Ed Ruscha, Maria Bell

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