ArtTable’s 24th Annual Benefit and Award Ceremony honoring Lowery Stokes Sims (photo by Sam D/

ArtTable, the foremost professional organization dedicated to the advancement of professional women in the visual arts, will hold its annual benefit and award ceremony on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in New York City, honoring two extraordinary women.

Legendary gallerist, Marian Goodman, will receive the Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award, which will be presented by artist Julie Mehretu. ArtTable is also recognizing the highly respected Naima J. Keith, deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum, with the 2018 New Leadership Award. In this position and in her former role as associate curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Naima has established an impressive curatorial career and is widely recognized for her contributions to the field of African American art history. Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, the director emerita of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and president emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College, will deliver the keynote address.

Since its inception, ArtTable has championed leadership opportunities for women in the arts, as well as advocated inclusion for women from diverse backgrounds. Beginning as a grassroots networking effort in 1980, ArtTable has grown to a national network of over 1,200 women with chapters across the country fostering a dynamic and thriving future.

The April benefit event marks the 25th year of ArtTable’s annual ceremony. ArtTable is privileged to honor both Marian Goodman and Naima J. Keith for their myriad accomplishments and contributions to our industry.

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