Thank you!

Thank you to our friends and supporters who joined us Tuesday night to support the future of artmaking at Skowhegan and to celebrate our honorees, Peter DoigBetye SaarBarbara LapcekArtPlace America and Jamie Bennett!


We would like to extend our gratitude to our co-chairs Ann L. GundRachel Feinstein (A '93), Stephanie HuntVictoria Love SalnikoffUrsula von Rydingsvard (F '88), Nari Ward (A '91, F '03); award presenters Shaun Leonardo (A '04), Whitfield Lovell (A '85, F '01,'02, '05), Chris Ofili (F '11), Judy Pfaff (F '83, '86, '94, '11), and Alison Saar (F '93); and auction item donors Hotel Santa Fe and SITE Santa FeByron Kim, (A ’86, F ’99, ’13), Helen & Brice Marden, (F ’70, ’71 ’76, ’91), Golden Rock Inn Nevis, Glenstone FoundationAnne Wrinkle, and auctioneer Gabriela Palmieri.

Thanks also to GUCCI for donating a scholarship to an artist accepted into the 2018 program.

Over 450 people came together to support the future of Skowhegan and raised over $900,000! We are so grateful to everyone who participated in this amazing celebration, and whose presence made for such inspiring energy in the room.

Thank you!



Peter Doig, F '07

Medal for Painting

presented by Chris Ofili, F '11

Betye Saar, F '85, '14

Medal for Sculpture

presented by Alison Saar, F '93

Barbara Lapcek, Skowhegan Executive Director, Program (1984–1996)

Skowhegan Governors' Award for Outstanding Service to Artists

presented by Whitfield Lovell, A '85, F '01,'02, '05 and Judy Pfaff, F '83, '86, '94, '11

ArtPlace America and Jamie Bennett, Executive Director

Inaugural Skowhegan Impact Award

presented by Shaun Leonardo, A '04


Ann L. Gund

Rachel Feinstein, A '93

Stephanie Hunt

Victoria Love Salnikoff

Ursula von Rydingsvard, F '88

Nari Ward, A '91, F '03

Tuesday, April 24th
The Plaza
New York City

Cocktails 6:30pm
Dinner and Program 7:30pm

Festive Attire


Peter Doig, F '07

Medal for Painting

Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959 and raised in Trinidad and Canada before settling in London in 1979 to study painting. Doig is recognized as one of the most inventive artists painting today. Few artists of his generation have done as much to explore the evocative possibilities of painting and its capacity for depth and meaning.

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Drawn from various sources including personal snapshots and popular film, Doig's paintings are by turns melancholic and hallucinatory. Over a career spanning more than three decades, Doig has been the subject of a number of major exhibitions worldwide, including a mid-career survey organized by Tate Britain in 2008.

In 2013 the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, organized No Foreign Lands, a critically lauded exhibition focused on recurrent motifs in Doig's paintings; the exhibition later traveled to Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal. In 2015, an exhibition devoted to the artist's paintings and prints was on view at Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Denmark, after originating at Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland in 2014.

Doig lives and works in Trinidad.


Betye Saar, F '85, '14

Medal for Sculpture

Born in Los Angeles, Saar is celebrated for her multimedia collages, assemblages, altars and installations consisting of found materials. Saar has received numerous awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1974, 1984), a J. Paul Getty Fund for the Visual Arts Fellowship (1990), and a Flintridge Foundation Visual Artists Award (1998).

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Included among Saar's numerous exhibitions are: Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment, a major traveling exhibit organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art (2005); Betye Saar: Still Tickin', Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ (2015); Betye Saar Black White/Blend, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA (2016); Uneasy Dancer, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2016), Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern, London; Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, AR; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2017-2018); We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2017-2018); and Outliers and American Vanguard Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2018-2019).

In Fall 2018, Saar will mount her sixth solo exhibition at Roberts Projects (formerly Roberts & Tilton) Culver City, CA.

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Barbara Lapcek, Skowhegan Executive Director, Program (1984–1995)

Governors' Award for Outstanding Service to Artists

Born in Yonkers in 1933 and a graduate of Barnard College, Lapcek began her career in the arts as the Founder and Executive Director of The Nommo Art Gallery, opened in 1964. Located in Kampala, Uganda, Nommo was the first art gallery in all of East Africa and continues to flourish today.

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On returning to America, Lapcek worked in an art program that brought visual artists and writers to New York State prisons and hospitals (1974-1977); at the New York State Artists Fellowship Program as Director of CAPS (1977-1982); and as executive director of Musica Sacra, New York City (1982-1984) before beginning her tenure at Skowhegan.

During her twelve years of service, Lapcek was instrumental in Skowhegan's transition from a program primarily focused on painting and sculpture to one in which conceptual, performance, and technology-based practices were embraced and nurtured. A staunch advocate for both creative and artistic diversity, the scholarship programs Lapcek initiated and the campus building projects she helmed ensured the thriving multiplicity of practice and community that has made Skowhegan so renowned and successful today.


ArtPlace America and
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director

Inaugural Skowhegan Impact Award

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

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Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. Previously, Bennett served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College. His past nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and the HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee.

As of March 5, 2018


Ann L. Gund
Rachel Feinstein, A '93
Stephanie Hunt
Victoria Love Salnikoff
Ursula von Rydingsvard, F '88
Nari Ward, A '91, F '03


Vice Chairs

Eleanor Acquavella & Morgan Dejoux
Agnes Gund
Rena & Scott Hoffman
Greg & Susie Palm
BB & Jud Reis
Gordon VeneKlasen
Paula J. Volent

Benefit Committee

Janine Antoni, F '98
Jan Aronson
Donald Baechler, F '94 & Kevin Baker
David Beitzel, A '82 & Darren Walker
Mark H.C. Bessire, Portland Museum of Art
George & Leslie Biddle
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Matthew Brannon, F '13 & Michelle Elzay
Ron & Patsy Buckly
Veronica Bulgari
Francis Cape, A '89, F '08 & Liza Phillips, A '89
John & Linda Coleman
Marella Consolini
Sharon Corwin, Colby College Museum of Art
Andrea Crane & Sam Hoffman
DC Moore Gallery
Nathalie & Charles de Gunzburg
Mark di Suvero, F '83
Chiara & Ben Edmands
Constance Evans
Patricia & Eskandar Farman-Farmaian
Jodie & Andrew Fink
Susan Paul Firestone, A '72
Marina Kellen French &
      Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation
Rae & Robert Gilson
Richard Haas, F '82, '84 & Katherine Sokolnikoff
Jane Hammond, F '92, ’05 & Craig McNeer
Kate Haw
Michael Hecht
Carole Hunt
Edwina & James E. Hunt
Stephanie Hunt & Stephen Trevor
Elizabeth R. Hilpman & Byron Tucker
Meredith James, A '11
Jennie C. Jones, A '96, F '14


Byron Kim, A '86, F '99, '13 & Lisa Sigal, A '86, F '06
Jill & Peter Kraus
Jo Carole & Ronald S. Lauder
Larry Levine
Glenn Ligon, F '98, '15
Arthur L. Loeb
Robert L. Looker
Victoria Love Salnikoff
Bernard I. Lumpkin & Carmine D. Boccuzzi
Marianne Boesky Gallery
Elizabeth & Tim Mayhew
John Melick & Eric Brown
Cheryl & Philip Milstein
Donald Moffett, F '04 & Robert Gober, F '94, '16
Carrie Moyer, A '95, F '10 & Sheila Pepe, A '94, F '13
Jennifer & Jason New
Northern Trust
Sarah & Peter O’Hagan
Suzanne Oliver
James, A '77 & Amanda Opinsky
Barbara Penn, A '85
Mark Power, A '92
Jennifer A. Rissler
Georgina T. & Thomas A. Russo
Bonnie J. Sacerdote
Erica & Joseph Samuels
Steve Shane
Arlene Shechet, F '12
Lowery Stokes Sims
Katie & Jonah Sonnenborn
Marc Swanson, A '00, F '14 & Joe Mama-Nitzberg
Emily & Stew Tabin
David Totah
Alan Wanzenberg
Sarah Workneh