YoungArts Miami Art Week Dinner

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) welcomed a distinguished circle of artists, supporters and philanthropic leaders to kick off Miami Art Week with a celebratory dinner in the iconic YoungArts Jewel Box. The elegant dinner, presented in partnership with Baccarat, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and Ellie and Bruce Taub, was hosted by a notable committee, including Veronica and Daniel de la Vega, Teresita Fernández, Sheree Hovsepian, Michi Jigarjian, Amber Ridinger-McLaughlin and Duane McLaughlin, José Parlá, Alexis and Amar’e Stoudemire, Ellie and Bruce Taub, and Helen Toomer.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the third annual Daniel Arsham Fellow, Adam Amram (2012 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts). Personally selected by Daniel Arsham, Amran will receive an unrestricted prize of $25,000 and yearlong mentorship opportunities with Arsham, a fellow YoungArts award winner.

The evening began with an intimate cocktail reception in the YoungArts Gallery where guests could explore Within Interdependence, an exhibition featuring work by 20 YoungArts alumni curated by Deana Haggag, President and CEO of United States Artists. Specialty cocktails included a classic Bacardi mojito and two cabernet reserves from Stoudemire Wines.

In the Jewel Box, YoungArts Board Chair Sarah Arison greeted guests including Mel Chin, Mayi de la Vega, Naomi Fisher, Jay Franke, Danielle Garno, Michi Jigarjian, Rich Kohan, Bob Lynch, Steven and Oxana Marks, Richard Marx and Daisy Fuentes, Nick Moss and Jade Brown, Daniela Riccardi, Oti and Remi Roberts, Jim Shreve and Mark Brashear, Ward Simmons, Sandra and Tony Tamer, and Terry Zucker.

The memorable evening featured a performance by YoungArts alumna Victoria Canal (2015 YoungArts Winner in Voice & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts). Playing the piano, Canal performed a three-song set, including “Both Sides Now,” a Joni Mitchell cover, mixed with her own song, “Ebony,” along with two additional original songs, “Dumb Love” and “Drama.” The performance also included a surprise guest appearance by Nia Amour Drummond (2012 YoungArts Winner in Voice).

The event’s décor included a stunning Baccarat crystal tablescape and chandelier which mirrored the jewel tones of the iconic stained glass of the Jewel Box. The YoungArts Plaza was also decorated by Braman Miami with multiple Rolls-Royce luxury vehicles on display.

Photography by Getty Images

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