05/15/2013 (press release: sperlingreene) // Karen Sperling
The festive event includes a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres from Harlem’s leading restaurants, music, and an awards ceremony for a distinguished audience of art lovers, supporters, businesses and professionals from all over New York City. The evening will be framed by a private viewing of the very special LARGER THAN LIFE art exhibition, highlighting the works of LeRoy Neiman and a host of notable contemporary fine artists.
Honorees receiving awards at the reception – some of whom have had special relationships with Mr. Neiman – are being recognized for their larger than life contributions to humanity and community. They include Muhammad Ali, Councilmember Inez Dickens, Walter J. Edwards, CEO of Full Spectrum, and Londel Davis of Londel’s Restaurant.
“LeRoy Neiman was drawn to larger-than-life figures in sports, entertainment and history,” said Marline Martin, Director of the LeRoy Neiman Art Center. “Through his life and creative expressions, he spoke broadly to the zest and beauty of living, championed the underrepresented in bold compositions, and left an indelible legacy, not only through the magnitude of his work, but through his unparalleled giving during his life and now through his Foundation.”
The LARGER THAN LIFE exhibition opened at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center on May 6, and is on view until Saturday, June 8. The exhibition includes works by LeRoy Neiman, Janet Byrne, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Otto Neals, Ramona Candy, Donovan Nelson, Tafa, Al Johnson, Paul DEO, Curtis James and Sir Shadow.
“The ART SPLASH 2013 reception and fundraiser is an opportunity to recognize individuals who are making a difference in our community and beyond, and to generate support for the work of The Center and its role in the community as an active art center for learning and engagement in the arts for people of all ages,” said Ms. Martin.
All proceeds from ART SPLASH 2013 will go towards The Center’s programs and activities. Now in its fifth year of operation, The Center’s mission is to strengthen the community by providing quality arts programming that supports life-long learning experiences, and building sustainable partnerships and collaborations.
The ART SPLASH reception and awards ceremony is Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 148th Street, in Harlem, NY 10039. To register, purchase tickets and learn about different levels of sponsorship for the event, please visit the event page at www.neimancenter.org.
The LARGER THAN LIFE exhibition is on view to the public until June 8, 2013. For more information about viewing hours, call: 212-862-2787.
The LeRoy Neiman Art Center is made possible by a generous gift from the renowned painter and on-going support from The LeRoy Neiman Foundation, corporations, individuals and other organizations. It has become an integral resource in the Central Harlem community.