Appraisers Association of America Honors Frank Stella

Award for Excellence in the Arts 12th Annual Award Luncheon on April 20, 2016

Feb 10, 2016, 10:00 ET from Appraisers Association of America

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Appraisers Association of America today announced it will present American Postwar artist, Frank Stella, with the 2016 Award for Excellence in the Arts at the 12th Annual Award Luncheon on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South, New York City.

Since the inaugural Award Luncheon in 2005, this event has grown to include over 300 guests, with leaders in the arts, financial, and legal professions to recognize extraordinary contributions made to the arts. Past honorees include artists Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, art critic Peter Schjeldahl, artist Ai Weiwei, art historian Linda Nochlin, gallerist Arne Glimcher, collector Martin Margulies, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Thomas Krens, art historian John Richardson, historian Wendell D. Garrett, and artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Susan Weber.

Luncheon attendees represent artists, dealers, auction house specialists, attorneys, art insurance professionals, collectors, appraisers, conservators, curators, art advisors, museum directors and curators, and non-profit arts professionals, among others. Guests are invited to attend a reception followed by a sit-down lunch, a keynote speech, and presentations. This year Lindsay Pollock, Editor-in-chief, Art in America, will engage Mr. Stella in conversation. 

Frank Stella was born in 1936 in Malden, Massachusetts. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and Princeton University. Following his graduation from Princeton in 1958, Stella moved to New York where he has lived and worked for most of his life.

Stella had his first solo show at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in 1960 and, throughout the 60s and 70s his work was included in major exhibitions defining art of that time including, the Whitney, The Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan and MoMA. In 1970, at the age of 34, Stella became the youngest artist to receive a full-scale retrospective at MoMA and he had an unprecedented second retrospective there again in 1987.

Stella has been exhibited at major museums including, the National Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, The Menil Collection, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Stedelijk Museum, and many others.

The Appraisers Association of America, established in 1949, is the premier association of personal property appraisers who focus on fine and decorative arts. Members are required to be certified according to the highest professional standards, known in the field as USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). Members serve public and private collectors alike to deliver independent, ethical, and objective valuations for insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, and liquidation purposes.

For further information visit, or contact Linda Selvin, Executive Director, Appraisers Association of America at 212-889-5404, ext. 12 or via email at


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