Annual Benefit 2017
(Honorees: Joyce Kozloff, Erica Yonks, Robert Friedman)


We celebrated CITYarts’  Benefit Gala 2017: “Making a Difference Through the Arts”on May 9th, 2017 at the Allianz Building, Windows on the Hudson, New York City. This year we honored three passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in society:Joyce Kozloff, Erica Yonks, Robert Friedman.




Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff has been a major figure in the Feminist art movement since the 1970s. Her artistic practice includes photography, collage, drawing, painting, ceramics, mosaics, artists’ books, frescoes, sculpture, and printmaking. Her range of interests encompasses cartography, history, material culture, and politics. She is represented by DC Moore Gallery and is in many museum collections including the Jewish Museum, Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and many others. She has executed 15 public commissions. Joyce has been a longtime supporter of CITYarts.




Erica Yonks

Erica Yonks is a dedicated arts educator at the High School for Law, Advocacy, and Community Justice at the Martin Luther King Educational Complex in Manhattan. Erica has been working with CITYarts since 2015 on a three year initiative, entitled Empowering Each Other for a Better Future. During this project, Erica and her students have worked alongside professional artist Duda Penteado to create a Pillars of Justice mural in their school’s hallway. Her commitment to her students has helped dramatically improve attendance rates by engaging them in a creatively empowering project.




Robert Friedman

Robert Friedman is a litigation partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Robert plays an integral part in Sheppard Mullin’s strong tradition of supporting the arts community, drawing upon a wide variety of legal fields to provide services to the international fine art community. Robert has been a friend and supporter of CITYarts for over a decade. He is involved in a variety of other philanthropic endeavors in New York City and beyond. Robert, as we like to call him, is a lawyer with a heart.



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