Each April, on the heels of spring, New York's finest step out in well dressed droves for the New York Academy of Art's Tribeca Ball. With event chairs like Naomi Watts, Brooke Shields, and Christina Di Donna, needless to say it's kind of a thing. A luxurious evening set to benefit the school with scholarships and programming, each year's fete outdoes itself with spectacle as guests wander through over 100 student artists' studios pieces, stopping along the way to indulge in musical performances, interactive installations, stilt walkers, oyster shuckers - too many happy surprises to even imagine!

Can't snag an invite to the exclusive soiree? Alas, you're still free to join the art party. Flip through a catalogue of selected drawings and paintings that will be up for auction on Paddle8 ahead of the big night. Click through for an inside look at our favorites!