American Portrait Gala
Recognizing the accomplishments of notable contemporary Americans whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection.
The black tie event includes a chic cocktail reception, lively entertainment, a seated dinner beneath the glittering glass canopy of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, and a high-energy after party. During dinner, guests will enjoy presentations of the Portrait of a Nation Prize, recognizing the accomplishments of notable contemporary Americans who have made an impact on our history, development, and culture, and whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection.
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All proceeds from the American Portrait Gala will strengthen the museum's exhibition endowment, which supports compelling exhibitions that tell the dynamic and multifaceted story of America.
For more information or for assistance making a contribution, please call (202) 633-8553 or email NPG_Gala@si.edu.
Honoree announcement coming soon.
H.E. Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States,
and Mrs. Anita Dahinden
Rick and Susan Goings
Portrait of a Nation Prize
The National Portrait Gallery worked closely with internationally renowned sculptor and public artist Barton Rubenstein to create the Portrait of a Nation Prize, a limited edition award constructed of mirror polished stainless steel.
American Portrait Gala Archive
On Sunday, November 15, 2015, the National Portrait Gallery was pleased to honor:
presenter: The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
presenter: Lee Daniels
presenter: General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC
presenter: The Honorable John Lewis
presenter: David Adjaye
2015 Inaugural Committee
Wayne and Catherine Reynolds
H.E. Ambassador Gérard Araud
Steven and Sheila Hamp
Robert and Arlene Kogod
David and Alice Rubenstein
The Honorable Roy Blunt and Mrs. Abigail Blunt
The Honorable Thad Cochran and Mrs. Kay Webber
The Honorable John Dingell
and The Honorable Debbie Dingell
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
and Mr. Richard C. Blum
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation