Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris // Getty Images On Tuesday, November 13, the Montblanc Cultural Foundation honored Art Matters co-founder Laura Donnelley with the 27th Edition of the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award at thestudio of Izhar Patkin in New York’s East Village. Donnelley is among 17 patrons across the country to receive the visionary award for her outstanding personal commitment to supporting the work of young and emerging artists. Under Donnelley’s leadership, Art Matters has distributed over 2500 grants to US artists for fellowships and collaborative projects all over the world.
Throughout the event, guests enjoyed music by Matt D. and the opportunity to view Montblanc’s 2018 Patron of Art 4810 limited-edition writing instrument presented to Laura during the awards ceremony which included a live performance by John Kelly and remarks from Sylvain Costof (President, Montblanc North America). Laura Donnelley (Co-founder, Art Matters) was joined by her friends, family and Art Matters Board members to receive the visionary award presented to her by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath (Chairmen, Montblanc Cultural Foundation).
ABOUT THE MONTBLANC CULTURAL FOUNDATION
The Montblanc Cultural Foundation, based in Hamburg, was founded in 1992 with a mission to promote innovative thinking through supporting the arts worldwide. Its core initiatives include the globally recognized Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award and the Montblanc Art Collection. The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award has honored close to 300 patrons in 17 countries in the past 26 years with a donation of almost 5 million Euros. Since 2002, the Montblanc Art Collection has supported over 170 artists with more than 210 artworks by commissioning them to create new works. The collection includes many internationally renowned figures such as John Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, José León Cerillo, Thomas Demand, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sylvie Fleury, Liam Gillick, Gary Hume, Fang Lijun, Thomas Ruff, Tom Sachs, Chiharu Shiota, Cerith Wyn Evans,and Heimo Zobernig, to name a few. The major part of the Montblanc Art Collection can be seen by the public in the Montblanc production facilities in Hamburg. In 2016 curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, were appointed as Chairmen and have since been leading the Foundation’s new strategic direction. Managing director is Mrs Stephanie Radl.
ABOUT ART MATTERS
Art Matters, a 30-year-old non-profit foundation, supports individual artists working in contemporary art and performance whose work intends to break ground aesthetically and socially. The foundation began as the brainchild of philanthropist Laura Donnelley and educator Philip Yenawine who wanted to assist artists struggling to say something with bite and punch, artists who made “art that mattered.” Since 1985, Art Matters has given grants to over 2500 US artists for fellowships and projects. A diverse and expansive range of contemporary practice within various cultural contexts, the work engages justice and liberation issues and experiments with form.
ABOUT LAURA DONNELLEY
Laura Donnelley is an innovative philanthropist passionate in her support of the arts and the environment. She co-founded Art Matters in 1985 with educator Philip Yenawine to support artists and their process, which coincided with the growing Aids epidemic and issues of freedom of speech. In addition to Art Matters, Donnelley founded the Good Works Foundation, a private, family foundation, which supports education, the arts, and the environment; And in the late ‘70s, she helped develop the Aspen Art Museum. Donnelley is a longtime board member of The Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF), funders in the regions of Chicago and the Low Country of South Carolina. GDDF focuses on support for small vibrant arts organizations, collections of regional importance, and long-term collaborative land conservation initiatives. Donnelley also currently serves as a trustee of Sarah Lawrence College. Laura has four children, Max, Mimi, Claire and Zane. Her grandchildren, Felix and Naomi are the coolest kids on the planet.