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CAA Gives Three Centennial Awards at the 2012 Annual Conference

On the occasion of the 2012 Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration, the CAA Board of Directors presented three awards to one organization and three individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the visual arts in the United States. Each award recognizes extraordinary efforts and accomplishments that have strengthened the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in society. CAA honored the recipients of the Centennial Awards during Convocation at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday evening, February 22, 2012.

Deborah Marrow
Centennial Award for Leadership and Service to the Field

Stuart Eizenstat

Deborah Marrow (left) with her presenter, James Cuno (photograph by Bradley Marks)

Deborah Marrow is the director of the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles and, as such, is responsible for the philanthropic division of the J. Paul Getty Trust. She joined the Getty Foundation (known then as the Getty Grant Program) in 1983, launching a publications program that underwrote and published scholarly works on art history. During her years at the Getty Foundation, Marrow has served as interim president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, interim director of the Getty Research Institute, and dean for external relations of the Getty Trust.

Under her leadership, the foundation has awarded over 6,000 grants in more than 180 countries worth over $300 million. Major initiatives spearheaded by Marrow include: a postdoctoral fellowship program for art historians that supports a more inclusive and interdisciplinary practice; the Central and Eastern European Initiative, which provided funding for scholars and libraries after the fall of the Berlin Wall; Connecting Art Histories, an initiative that is making art history a more global field; and the Online Scholarly Cataloguing Initiative, which is pioneering new models for the online archive of museum collections. In 2006 she enlarged the philanthropic scope of the Getty Foundation with the Fund for New Orleans, a $2 million grant for the conservation and rebuilding of the city’s arts organizations, historic houses and buildings, and museum collections. Marrow’s current project with the foundation, ten years in the making, is Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945–1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty museums and cultural institutions all across southern California.

Marrow has served on the boards of many organizations, including the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the National and International Committees for the History of Art, and the Save America’s Treasures committee of the White House Millennium Council. She began her career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and has taught art history at universities in the Philadelphia area and in southern California prior to joining the Getty. Marrow holds a BA cum laude and PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.

James Cuno, president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, presented Marrow with her Centennial Award.

Edythe and Eli Broad
Centennial Award for Patronage and Philanthropic Support of the Arts

Stuart Eizenstat

Edyth and Eli Broad (center and right) accept their award from Steven Lavine (photograph by Bradley Marks)

Edythe and Eli Broad have dedicated four decades to building two of the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art worldwide: the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection and the Broad Art Foundation. The two collections total over two thousand works of art by more than two hundred artists. Beginning with a Vincent van Gogh drawing that they purchased in 1973, the Broad’s collection includes postwar masterpieces such as David Smith’s Cubi XXVIII (1965), Jasper Johns’s Watchman (1964), and Andy Warhol’s Small Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot) (1962), as well as contemporary game-changing work by Damien Hirst, Kara Walker, and Mike Kelley. Since 1984, the Broad Art Foundation has operated as a lending collection to over five hundred museums and university galleries around the world. Increasing public access to contemporary, often cutting-edge art, and supporting the museums that show such art, has been a key part of the foundation’s mission.

Eli Broad, a founding chairman and life trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, awarded the museum a $30 million challenge grant in December 2008 to rebuild its endowment and to provide exhibition support. The Broads also made a $60 million gift to build the Renzo Piano–designed Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opened to the public in February 2008, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum is a major architectural feat, with 72,000 square feet of gallery space and soaring skylight ceilings.

In 2010, the couple announced plans to build the Broad, a contemporary art museum and scholarly archive for the Broad Art Foundation. The new museum will be located on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles and have fifty thousand square feet of exhibition space, an auditorium, and state-of-the-art archive, library, and storage facilities. The design team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro have created a radical structure, known as the “veil and vault,” to incorporate the collection and archive as an integral part of the museum’s infrastructure. Scheduled to open in 2013, the Broad is a glorious gift to the city of Los Angeles and a testament to the devotion of Edyth and Eli Broad to a philanthropic model that advances entrepreneurship for the public good.

Steven Lavine, president of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, presented the Broads with their Centennial Award.

California Lawyers for the Arts
Centennial Award for Advocacy for the Arts

Stuart Eizenstat

Maria Seferian (right) with her presenter, Joseph Lewis III (photograph by Bradley Marks)

California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to serving creative communities by educating individual artists and arts organizations on legal and business issues pertinent to the arts. Founded in 1974 as Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts, the organization joined the Los Angeles group of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in 1987 under the leadership of its first executive director, Hamish Sandison. Since its inception, CLA has empowered artists and arts organizations with affordable legal service and education and raised awareness, on the state and national levels, of legal issues and challenges that confront artists and arts organizations today.

CLA offers a wide range of services and education programs, including: lawyer referral services, which provides artists and organizations with affordable legal consultations; legal education programming designed to address specific issues and concerns within arts communities; alternative dispute resolution services, an efficient and economic alternative to litigation; and the arts and community development program, which offers job training, mentoring, and cultural enrichment to underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since the 1980s CLA has published The Art of Deduction, a yearly guide that helps artists and other creative professionals navigate the ins and outs of tax preparation. Another publication is Legislative Masterpieces, a comprehensive resource to keep artists up to date on developments in Californian legislation as it affects the art community. In recent years CLA has been particularly involved with state funding for artists and arts organizations in California. Three symposia held in Los Angeles and San Jose in 2006, 2007, and 2008 addressed “California Art and Healthy Communities.” In 2008 CLA initiated the Artistic License Awards in recognition of government leaders, arts organizations, and individual artists who have substantially contributed to the arts in the state. Past recipients have included the painter Wayne Thiebaud, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the attorney Jay L. Cooper, and the Geffen Playhouse. The 2012 awards will be held on April 29 in Los Angeles and on May 5 in Sacramento.

Maria Seferian, an attorney and copresident of the CLA board of directors, accepted her Centennial Award from Joseph Lewis III, dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine.

Published on April 27, 2012.

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