WCA Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony
Saturday, February 18, 2017
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
1871 Broadway at 61st Street, New York, NY
Artist Audrey Flack will be receiving the Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) Lifetime Achievement Award. They were first presented in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office to Isabel Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O’Keeffe. In the following year, Audrey Flack nominated Lee Krasner, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Awards were the first awards recognizing the contribution of women to the arts and their profound effect on society. Today, the Awards continue to honor women, their work, their vision and their commitment.
The gala events kick off with a ticketed cocktail reception from 6:00–7:30pm. The ticketed reception will include three food stations, an open bar, and the opportunity for guests to congratulate the honoree. The Awards Ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 8:00–9:30pm. Please feel free to invite students, colleagues and friends to come!
A total of five inspiring women will be receiving the 2017 LTA award: Mary Schmidt Campbell, Audrey Flack, Martha Rosler, Charlene Teters, and Kat Griefen.
Audrey Flack is a pioneer in the male-dominated field of photorealism and a nationally recognized painter and sculptor. She was one of the first women artists to be included in Janson’s History of Art text, along with Mary Cassat.
Audrey Flack’s work is in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Art in Canberra, Australia. She was the first photorealist painter to have work purchased by the MoMA.
Flack’s monumental public sculpture has been spearheading a return to representational public art. Her mission is to present women not as “mere sex objects gazing up at a general on a horse, but as strong, intelligent, purposeful individuals with a powerful physiognomy and inner and outer beauty.”
Audrey Flack is a member of SACI’s Artists & Designer’s Council.