Onassis Foundation USA Wins GFAA Audience Award for A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD
The Onassis Foundation USA is the winner of the Global Fine Art Awards’ 2017 Youniversal Award, the organization’s audience award determined by popular vote. The exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD, on view at the Onassis Cultural Center New York from March 9 – June 24, 2017, received the highest number of votes in the four-year history of the award. Public voting took place online in January. The award was announced last night during a black tie gala at New York City venue 583 Park Avenue. Executive Director and Director of Cultural Affairs Amalia Cosmetatou accepted the award on behalf of the Onassis Foundation USA.
Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA) is the first annual award program ever created to recognize the best curated art and design exhibitions and installations around the world. The research and judging criteria are innovation and excellence in exhibition design, historical context, educational value, and public appeal. The 85 nominees this year represented works from 6 continents, 28 countries and 60 cities – from Beijing to Boston, from Melbourne to Montréal.
The 4th Annual Global Fine Art Awards ceremony was presided over by the GFAA Advisory Board and Judges – Founder and President, Judy Holm; Advisory Board Chair Lawrence Shindell; and Honorary Chair Hedva Ser, Paris-based UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for cultural diplomacy, promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace through art. The master of ceremonies was Peter Trippi, member of the GFAA Executive Committee and Judge Emeritus. Trippi is editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.
Holm says, “We believe that the GFAA program serves to educate people around the world about art and its global messages. The collective voice of art, amplified by the work of our nominees and other great initiatives around the world, is so needed to continually strive for better balance in the universe.”
The ceremony, open to the public, was attended by over fifty VIPS, including more than 30 of this year’s nominees. The GFAA program highlights the link between artists and their creations, the galleries that represent them, curated shows from the gallery, public art, and museums worldwide. This year, 11 galleries exhibiting at the concurrent Armory Show, a cultural collaborator of GFAA, represent more than fifteen 2017 GFAA Nominees including: Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall, Andy Goldsworthy, Jaume Plensa, Ana Mendieta, Wifredo Lam, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Irving Penn, Ai Weiwei and William Eggleston.
For a full list of 2017 nominees, see the GFAA website. A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD was nominated in the Best Ancient Art Exhibition category. A complete list of winners will be announced on the GFAA website the week of March 12.