New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball. Courtesy of the New York Academy of Art.

Spring is here, which means it’s almost time for the annual Tribeca Ball. Hosted by the New York Academy of Art, the Tribeca Ball showcases the Academy’s emerging artists to a prestigious guest list of artists, collectors, and big names from across the worlds of art and film. This year’s event is slated to take place on April 4th, 2023 and will honor contemporary artist Amy Sherald, with proceeds benefiting the school’s scholarship and public programming funds.

Amy Sherald, “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)” (2016). Credit: Wikipedia

Hailing from Columbus, Georgia and currently based in New York City, Amy Sherald’s intimate paintings document the African American experience in the modern world. By engaging with the history of photography and portraiture, her work prompts viewers to participate in the debate that surrounds commonly accepted notions of race and representation. Sherald is the first African-American to receive the grand prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (2016). In 2018, Michelle Obama selected the artist to paint her portrait as an official commission for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

Among this year’s chairs are artist and actress Kate Capshaw, art patron and curator Beth DeWoody, collectors Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, and 21c Museum Hotel founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The ball will be presented by Parisian luxury jewelry company Van Cleef & Arpels.

Every year, the Tribeca Ball transforms the New York Academy of Art into an expansive exhibition space across its studios. Every available space on its walls is utilized to hang artwork by the Academy’s rising generation of artistic talent. The ball is highly anticipated by tastemakers and the rest of New York’s art scene, and past chairs and attendees have included Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields, and Naomi Watts.

Check out some of coverage from last year’s Tribeca Ball on Instagram @theuntitledmagazine.


Founded in 1982 by artists, scholars, and patrons of the arts – including Andy Warhol – the New York Academy of Art is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. The Academy believes that rigorously trained artists are best able to realize their artistic vision. Through major exhibitions, a lively speaker series, and an ambitious educational program, the Academy serves as a creative and intellectual center for all artists dedicated to highly skilled, conceptually aware figurative and representational art.

Pick up your tickets to the Tribeca Ball studio party here.

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