On Thursday, September 27, 2018 Socrates Sculpture Park will honor the artist Ursula von Rydingsvard alongside philanthropists Jayne and Leonard Abess as part of the Park’s 2018 Annual Benefit Gala. We will come together to celebrate three individuals who reflect the Park’s mission to support artists and their creative endeavors, to cultivate a sustainable environment on our urban waterfront, and to provide accessible and impactful programming for our Queens community.

Joel Shapiro
Mark di Suvero
Sarah Sze

A special limited edition by Meg Webster, created exclusively for this event, will also be available, with proceeds directed toward improvements to the Park’s landscape.

The 2018 annual benefit gala will be hosted at Mark di Suvero’s magnificent waterfront studio in Long Island City, Queens, and is quite unlike any other gala, where guests can mingle on the pier or enjoy a boat excursion on the East River.

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Mark di Suvero’s Studio
Long Island City, Queens

6:30pm Cocktails & Dinner | 9:30pm Gala Ends

The Annual Benefit Gala raises critical funds that directly support a year’s worth of programs, operations, and maintenance at Socrates Sculpture Park, allowing us to support artists and produce free arts programming serving more than 200,000 people annually.

Become a leadership supporter and join our Host Committee by Monday, July 30 to be acknowledged on our print invitation. Download a form to make your contribution HERE.


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