Annual Benefit 2014
(Honorees: Barbara Kopple, Marc Gobé, Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz)
We were proud this year to honor three individuals who truly are making a difference and are an inspiration to all of us:
Barbara Kopple, Oscar-winning Filmmaker
A two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker, director of documentaries, as well as narrative TV and film. Kopple’s most recent project is the documentary Running from Crazy, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She is currently in production on a documentary about soul and funk singer, Sharon Jones, and in post-production on a documentary about The Nation Magazine for their 150th anniversary. Barbara produced and directed Harlan County USA and American Dream, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, among many other films.
Marc Gobé, Innovative Emotional Branding
An award-winning author, designer, and keynote speaker who developed the boldly innovative concept of “emotional branding,” altering the consumer landscape by connecting brands to people. His groundbreaking concept spans countries and cultures, working with iconic American companies Coca-Cola and Gillette to the European Le Monde and Peugeot. Gobé’s books have been translated into numerous languages and his think tank, Emotional Branding LLC, will carry on his legacy for years to come.
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz, Pioneering Public Art Advisor
A pioneering public art advisor who has spent her life bringing the arts to a larger public, outside of museum walls, and is an avid art collector. In the 1970s, she went to work at Pace Gallery, NY where Arne Glimcher, President, annointed her Director of Commissions to manage large scale public sculpture projects for their artists, including Louise Nevelson, David von Schlegell, Tony Smith, and Lucas Samaras. In 1982 , she established Works of Art for Public Spaces, Ltd., and she believes artists themselves are her reason for being in the arts. She has co-founded the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, as well as ArtTable and the Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA), and all organizations continue to thrive.