2021 Archives of American Art Gala

Unprecedented Times Call for Exceptional Friends!

Exceptional Friends: A benefit for the Archives of American Art

The Archives of American Art Gala is being reimagined. For two seasons, we have missed seeing you in person for our largest fundraising event of the year. The Archives is still here for its patrons, donors, and community! With your unwavering support, we have continued to collect, preserve, and provide access to primary sources that document the rich history of the visual arts in America. As an Exceptional Friend, your gift will support our Sustainability Fund (unrestricted funding for programming, outreach, and staff) and ensure the Archives remains strong through these difficult times and beyond. 

“I really feel that this is a transformational year, and that the way we're getting there is not the way we would have expected.” 

—Lita Albuquerque, Pandemic Oral History Project, 2020

Join us as we shift away from our traditional in-person gala to support the Archives’ Sustainability Fund. Your vital support will allow us to remain the world’s preeminent and most widely used research center dedicated to the study of the visual arts in America.

Photographs from the 2019 Gala

Photographs by Sara Beth Turner, 2019.

The Board of Trustees of the Archives of American Art pose for a photograph at the 2019 gala.

The Board of Trustees of the Archives of American Art at the 2019 gala

Howardena Pindell and Ko Smith pose for a photograph during the cocktail hour.

Howardena Pindell and Ko Smith

Billie Tsien, Judy Pfaff, and Susanne Emmerich pose for a photograph during cocktail hour.

Billie Tsien, Judy Pfaff, and Susanne Emmerich

William H. Truettner and Alexander Nemerov pose for a photograph during cocktail hour.

William H. Truettner and Alexander Nemerov

Jessica Strother, Mariah Strongin, and Renee Cox pose for a photograph during the after party.

Jessica Strother, Mariah Strongin, and Renee Cox

Kate Haw and Darren Waterston pose for a photograph during cocktail hour.

Kate Haw and Darren Waterston

Erin Gilbert and Oliver Lee Jackson dance at the 2019 gala after party.

Erin Gilbert and Oliver Lee Jackson

Josh Franco and María Elena González chat over cocktails at the 2019 gala.

Josh T. Franco and María Elena González

Catherine Moody listens to the presenters at the 2019 gala.

Catherine Moody

Howardena Pindell receives a standing ovation at the 2019 gala.

A standing ovation for Howardena Pindell

Photograph of an artist's easel side table with paints and other materials
Donating Papers

The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in America.

 

Find out how to give your papers, records, recordings, or other primary source material to the Archives of American Art.