Craig Hall is an entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, vintner, art collector and philanthropist. He formed HALL Group in 1968 at age 18 with $4,000 saved from small ventures that began at age 10. Today, HALL Group's diversified
business interests include active operations in commercial real estate ownership, development and management, structured financial lending, winemaking and early-stage investments in promising startups.
Hall actively supports new entrepreneurs, nurtures young startups and often speaks publicly about the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship worldwide. Together with his wife Kathryn Hall, he funded the Fulbright - Kathryn and
Craig Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship to teach entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe. Hall also founded the Dallas Regional Office of NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). He is the author of seven published
books, including his most recent, BOOM: Bridging the Opportunity Gap to Reignite Startups, which was published on May 14, 2019.
A well-known art collector and philanthropist, Olga Hirshhorn has devoted her life to the appreciation and preservation of art. Along with her late husband, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, she was instrumental in the founding of the Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. She has also donated her extraordinary private collection of decorative and fine art to the Corcoran Gallery of Art where she has served as a volunteer and Board member since
the 1970’s. Olga continues to be an active and valued member of the art community.
Fred and Lena Meijer
Fred and Lena Meijer, of the Meijer Foundation, are well known for their philanthropic contributions to the Grand Rapids, MI community, including support for the creation of the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. In addition,
they have donated land for the Grand Valley State University campus, turned an abandoned rail line into the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, and the Meijer family continues to own the Meijer grocery chain, with each location endorsing
and supporting local causes.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff
Sydney and Walda Besthoff have specialized in collecting modern and contemporary sculpture, in addition to photorealist painting, since the 1970s. In November 2003, the five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden opened
at the New Orleans Museum of Art. In 2019, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden doubled in size and has grown from its inception to include more than 90 sculptures, most of them donated to NOMA by the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation.
David and Georgia Welles
Georgia and David Welles “have done more to support sculpture in our community than anyone in Toledo’s history,” explains Roger Berkowitz, director of the Toledo Museum of Art, “culminating in June 2001 with the opening of
The Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden at the Toledo Museum of Art.”
Steven Oliver is the creator of the Oliver Ranch, a property in Sonoma County, CA that contains works of art by Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and Terry Allen, among others. Oliver’s unusual
approach to collecting has evolved over time, partly through his fascination with artistic process. Above all, he wants to allow artists time and space to engage intimately with the land.
Toni Beauchamp is an arts advocate, patron and collector. One of her greatest accomplishments to date was leading the effort to transform Market Square Park which anchors the Historic District into one of downtown’s most recognized
public art landmarks.
Representative Sidney Yates (D-IL)
Sidney Yates served in the House of Representatives of the United States from 1949 to 1963, and from 1965 to 1999. As a Democrat from Illinois, Yates served on the Appropriations Committee where he defended and supported
the National Endowment for the Arts.
Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI)
Claiborne Pell, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island from 1961 to 1997, was the main sponsor of the bill that created the National Endowment for the Arts, an agency that supports artists and arts organizations and brings the
arts to all Americans. Pell was also involved in the creation of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Pell Grant, which provide financial aid to college students.
Donald Kendall, recipient of the first Patron award, oversaw the creation of the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens on the grounds of the PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase, N.Y. The park includes works by Alexander Calder,
Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, George Segal, Jean Dubuffet, and Auguste Rodin.
Recommendations for honorees of the Patron Award are made by peers and reviewed by the ISC's Board of Trustees. Honorees are patrons of the arts who are generous of spirit and have made exemplary contributions
to the advancement of contemporary sculpture.
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