New York Academy of Art requests the honor of your presence at the 2017 Tribeca Ball!

Guests will have the opportunity to explore all six floors of the historic Franklin Street building that houses NYAA, while visiting with 110 MFA artists in their studios over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner guests move on to an elegant meal prepared by renowned chef Daniel Boulud. With live entertainment, and surprises around every corner, the evening is guaranteed to dazzle even the most inveterate partygoer. ABC would be delighted if you’d join us in attending!

Your support will directly impact the Academy’s scholarships and educational programming, allowing it to fulfill its mission of training the most talented emerging artists in the skills and techniques essential to the creation of vital contemporary art.

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An evening to honor the recipients of the 2015 Carrara Residency Merit Award

For the past 5 years, ABC Worldwide Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

On April 20th, The Carrara Residency celebration and unveiling was held at ABC Stone’s Brooklyn showroom and warehouse to honor the 2015 recipients of the Merit Award, Marco Palli and Joshua Henderson.

Trained in Civil Engineering and Business administration, Marco Palli has always seen the world in a mathematical way. A multidisciplinary artist, Marco found his way to sculpture after pursuing in-depth explorations into music and literature. Palli describes his creative process as “Meditating about happiness.” At this year’s celebration, Marco unveiled his sculpture Transparent to transcendence, which he characterizes as a conceptual self-portrait. “The piece revisits my own culture,” he says, “exposes my roots as a Catholic man who has perhaps lost his own identity.”

Joshua Henderson was born in 1986 as one of seven siblings, in a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After studying art at Southern Utah University, and receiving his BFA in 2013, he attended the New York Academy of Art, where he received an MFA with a focus on sculpture. He is a two-time recipient of the Carrara Residency Merit Award. 1st Witness, which was unveiled at the celebration, is part of a series of ten stone carvings which he describes as, “expressing the two-sided nature of things that brings us comfort.”

Other esteemed artists on view included Barry X Ball, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Michael Kukla, and Alasdair Thomson.

We would like to thank Wild Dogs International ( for the spectacular projections and lighting they provided, the band ZS ( for the stellar performance and DJ set, Elliot Goldstein ( for perfectly capturing the festivities with immense style and aplomb, and our amazing wine sponsor for the second year running, Maison Belle Clare (

Take Home a Nude

On October 15th, the New York Academy of Art (NYAA) held it’s 24th Take Home a Nude art party and auction at Sotheby’s in the heart of Manhattan. 150 naked or naked-inspired pieces, including work by Will Cotton, Arthur Elgort, Patrick Demarchelier, Yoko Ono and Kiki Smith were up for auction. 700 guests including Padma Lakshmi, Naomi Watts, Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, Eileen Guggenheim, and Rachel Hovnanian were in attendance. The night’s honorees were author and journalist Tom Wolfe and New York art critic Jerry Saltz.

ABC proprietor Jonathan Tibett, who is also an NYAA board member, describes the evening as “a wonderful way to celebrate art and life while raising money for a terrific school.” Over $900,000 was raised to held fund NYAA scholarships and programming.

See some of the extraordinary pieces from the evening below…


Tribeca Ball

2015-04-13 19.25.11 Presented by famed French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, the Tribeca Ball shines a light on the emerging artists of the New York Academy of Art with proceeds supporting scholarships and public programing. Inspired by Van Cleef & Arpels’ newest high jewelry collection, this year’s décor brought the French fairy tale Peau d’Âne to life for an enchanting evening of art, cocktails and dinner. The Academy’s six floors reflected a ‘Once Upon a Time’ theme where guests become the main characters. During cocktails, guests enjoyed an insider’s view of one of the country’s leading art schools, interacting with more than 100 emerging artists in their studios. The magic continued in Wilkinson Hall during a dinner reception honoring Peter M. Brant for his indelible mark on the contemporary art world. Guests were treated to a special menu prepared by Gotham Bar & Grill’s Alfred Portale.

We had the honor of attending this magnificent evening. See some of the highlights after the break…