Tribeca Ball

By Claire Cushman (MFA 2015)

Prince Charming and Blue Deer

“The school is a modern fairy tale where dreams are coming true,” said New York Academy of Art President David Kratz, at the 21st annual Tribeca Ball. “And I’ve always wanted to say ‘Welcome to my castle.’”

Sarah Novio, MFA 2015, in her studio

On Monday April 13th, the New York Academy of Art welcomed guests to 111 Franklin for a “Once Upon a Time” themed ball, sponsored for the fifth year in a row by Van Cleef and Arpels. The building was transformed into an enchanted forest, housing unicorns, deer, and royal blue fern cut-outs. Models showcased VC&A jewellery, performers paraded around the building on stilts, and musicians filled the air with song. Guests, including Mary Kate Olsen, Brooke Shields, and Parker Posey, (to name just a few) filled the building, sporting glamorous dresses, crisp suits, and some incredibly lofty heels.

Final touches before the ball

Tribeca Ball celebrates the Academy’s emerging artists, and proceeds from the evening go to the school’s scholarships and public programming. During the cocktail portion of the evening, guests are given maps with studio locations so that they can visit Academy artists in their studios. As students, we welcome the opportunity to finally showcase our work, after hibernating in our studios for the winter months. Academy alumni and faculty work is also displayed. 

Esteban Ocampo-Giraldo, MFA 2015, in his studio

This year, the Academy honored Peter M. Brant, the publishing magnate and art collector. During the dinner portion of the evening, held in Wilkinson Hall, Mr. Brant was introduced by Bob Colacello, who worked with Andy Warhol at Brant’s Interview Magazine. Brant expressed his passion for art and the art world, and recounted the impact Warhol had made upon him:

“Andy really taught me beauty was everywhere, and that stayed with me my whole life.” 

Alonsa Guevara Aliaga's (MFA 2014, Fellow 2015) studio
Academy Alumni in the Print Shop


Photo Credit Margarita Corporan.


Studio Portraits: Kathryn Goshorn (MFA 2015)

Kathryn Goshorn Class of 2015
Studio: 2nd Floor