AIGA Honors Ansel, Kalman, Grefé And More At Gala

At the recent AIGA Gala in at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, five people who had great impact on the graphic design community were honored with a prestigious AIGA Medal. The five were: Ruth Ansel (legendary Art Director for Bazaar, New York and Vanity Fair), Ric Grefé (former Executive Director for AIGA and champion for the rights of designers), Maira Kalman (famed New York artist), Gere Kavanaugh (a pioneering multidisciplinary designer), and Sister Corita Kent (artist, educator and agent of social change). The Gala, the proceeds of which benefit the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships and the AIGA Legacy Fund, was co-chaired by Dana Arnett of VSA Partners and Su Mathews Hale of Lippincott. It is “annual celebration to honor the distinguished practitioners, educators and role models whose creativity, intelligence, perception, and skill have inspired and shaped the entire design profession.”

Photograph by Andrew Federman.
Pictured (left to right): Julie Anixter, Rachel Smith for Sister Corita Kent, Gere Kavanaugh, Richard Grefé, Maira Kalman, Ruth Ansel