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Guests at the American Portrait Gallery applauding Aretha Franklin, on stage with a piano

American Portrait Gala

Recognizing the accomplishments of notable contemporary Americans whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

National Portrait Gallery
Washington, DC

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Join more than 500 distinguished guests from across the country at the 2017 American Portrait Gala.

Honorees Announced!

Photograph portrait of Madeleine Albright, looking straight into camera, wearing black with a gold pin of bird on her shoulder
MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT
Former Secretary of State
Photograph portrait of David Ho, wearing reflective glasses and looking at a display screen showing green and red cellular structures
DAVID D. HO, M.D.
Medical Doctor and HIV/AIDS Researcher
Black and white photo of Bill T Jones, shirtless and in dance pose
BILL T. JONES
Artistic Director, Choreographer, and Dancer
Black and white photo of Spike Lee, with film camera
SPIKE LEE
Film Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor
Black and white photo of Rita Moreno, sitting and looking towards camera
RITA MORENO
Multi Award Winning Actress

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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.

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The Event

The black tie event includes a chic cocktail reception, lively entertainment, and a seated dinner beneath the glittering glass canopy of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard. 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.

The Committee

Co-Chairs
H.E. Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States,
      and Mrs. Anita Dahinden
Rick and Susan Goings
Robert and Arlene Kogod
David and Alice Rubenstein

Vice Chairs
NETFLIX
Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Podell
Mr. Joseph P. Ujobai and Mr. Eduardo Ardiles

Program Chairs
Mr. Tommie L. Pegues and Mr. Donald A. Capoccia

Host Committee
Senator Richard and Cynthia M. Blumenthal
Herbalife Nutrition
The Honorable Mary V. Mochary
Rabbi Amy R. and Gary L. Perlin
Roger and Vicki Sant
Karla Scherer and Harve Ferrill

Honorary Committee
Wayne and Catherine Reynolds, American Portrait Gala Founding Chairs
amfAR, the foundation for AIDS Research
Congressman Tom Cole
Gerald H. Friedland, M.D.
Jesse Frohman
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Gregory Heisler
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Glenn Ligon
Adál Maldonado
Congresswoman Doris Matsui
Andrea Mitchell
Sibylle and Robert Redford
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.
Barton Rubenstein

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

2015

On Sunday, November 15, 2015, the National Portrait Gallery was pleased to honor:

Aretha Franklin

presenter: The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Carolina Herrera

presenter: Lee Daniels

Corporal Kyle Carpenter

presenter: General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC

Hank Aaron

presenter: The Honorable John Lewis

Maya Lin

presenter: David Adjaye

 

  • Group photo at Gala

    American Portrait Gala 2015 guests. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Group photo at Gala

    Jeffrey Levine with National Portrait Gallery Commissioner Randi B. Levine, Donald Capoccia, and Scott Campbell. Courtesy of Paul Morigi, 2015.

  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Gala

    Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Maria Sotomayor. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Chairs Wayne and Catherine Reynolds at the Gala

    American Portrait Gala Founding Chairs Wayne and Catherine Reynolds. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Close-up of the Portrait of Nation Prize

    Portrait of a Nation Prize designed by Barton Rubenstein. Courtesy of Paul Morigi, 2015.

  • Close-up of U.S, AMbassador to Sweden Azita Raji

    U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Eric Holder and Sharon Malone

    The Honorable Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. and Sharon Malone. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Table of guests at the Gala

    View of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard during dinner. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

     

  • General Joseph Dunford presenting Portrait of a Nation Prize to Corporal Kyle Carpenter

    2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize presenter General Joseph Dunford with 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter. Courtesy of Paul Morigi, 2015.

  • John Lewis presenting 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize to Hank Aaron

    2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize presenter Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) with 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize recipient Hank Aaron. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Group photo of Portrait of a Nation Prize recipients

    2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize presenters Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Lee Daniels with 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize recipients Hank Aaron, Carolina Herrera, Corporal Kyle Carpenter, and Maya Lin; Director of the National Portrait Gallery Kim Sajet; and 2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize presenters David Adjaye and General Joseph Dunford. Courtesy of Paul Morigi, 2015.

  • Senator Richard Blumenthal at a table with two women

    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and guests. Courtesy of Paul Morigi, 2015.

  • Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. standing together

    2015 American Portrait Gala Masters of Ceremony, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Aretha Franklin singing into microphone

    2015 Portrait of a Nation Prize recipient Aretha Franklin takes to the stage for an exclusive performance. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

  • Guests clapping and dancing

    American Portrait Gala 2015 guests dance the night away. Courtesy of Angela Pham (Billy Farrell Agency).

2015 Inaugural Committee

Founding Chairs

Wayne and Catherine Reynolds

Co-Chairs

H.E. Ambassador Gérard Araud
Steven and Sheila Hamp
Robert and Arlene Kogod
David and Alice Rubenstein

Honorary Committee

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
Milton Glaser
Mike McGregor
The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Ross Rossin
Barton Rubenstein
Karin Sander

 

Madeleine Albright by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, inkjet print, 2005 (printed 2016). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Eugene Eidenberg © 2005, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. David Ho by Gregory Heisler, chromogenic print on polyester base (ilfochrome), 1996. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine © Gregory Heisler. Bill T. Jones by Robert Mapplethorpe, gelatin silver print on paper, 1985. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Rita Moreno by ADÁL, gelatin silver print, 1984. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ©1984 Adál. Spike Lee by Jesse Frohman, inkjet print on paper, 1999 (printed 2014). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist © 1999, Jesse Frohman.