Press Release

RxART PARTY 2019 celebrates Nicolas Party and Heather Hasson

New York, NY

With over 220 guests, the sold-out evening raised funds to support seven upcoming commissions at children’s hospitals around the country

Last night, RxART celebrated their visionary collaborators, partners, and upcoming commissions at the annual RxART PARTY. The evening, chaired by Thomas Tull, brought together over 220 guests from across the arts, fashion, entertainment, philanthropy, healthcare, medical, and business worlds in support of RxART’s mission and program, which brings the healing power of visual art to pediatric patients and their caretakers at hospitals throughout the US. The evening raised enough funding to fully support seven of RxART’s upcoming projects in hospitals across the nation.

Supported by partners Hauser & Wirth, Lexus, and FIGS, the sold-out RxART PARTY commenced as guests arrived at the iconic address of 432 Park Avenue and were greeted with drinks by Champagne Collet and Casamigos. Guests mingled in the space, accented with florals by Plantshed and animated by an installation of six sculptures by honoree Nicolas Party as well as festive, large-scale reproductions of his playful painted landscapes. 

Following cocktails, RxART founder Diane Brown welcomed guests to the dinner with remarks, highlighting the nonprofit’s recent and upcoming site-specific installations and commissions. Stéphane Aquin, Chief Curator of the Hirshhorn Museum, presented Nicolas Party with the RxART Inspiration Award, in recognition of the artist’s forthcoming mural, commissioned by RxART, that will transform a 207-foot-corridor in the Operating Department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Upon receiving the award, the artist delivered moving remarks about the honor and responsibility of transforming children’s spaces in hospitals into beautiful, tranquil environments for healing.

Heather Hasson, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of FIGS, was presented with the RxART Innovation Award by FIGS co-founder Trina Spear in celebration of the trailblazing company’s forthcoming collaboration with artist Urs Fischer that will produce playfully patterned pajamas for CHLA’s young patients. The inspirational medical apparel pioneer addressed the crowd, speaking of her partnership with RxART and graciously thanking her medical collaborators and team who were present for the occasion.  

The event concluded with the sold-out After PARTY, chaired by Zahra Ahmed and sponsored by DL1961, with a DJ set by Nick AM.  Guests were also able to put final bids on the Silent Auction of original drawings by artists Grace Weaver, Nikki Maloof, Joel Mesler, Paul Wackers, and Margaret Lee, among others, all of whom appear in the latest edition of the RxART Coloring Book. The silent auction was hosted by Paddle8 and facilitated by PSG Framing and Fritz Ewins Inc. 

The RxART PARTY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

432 Park Avenue | New York City

Honoring NICOLAS PARTY with the RxArt Inspiration Award presented by Stéphane Aquin

HEATHER HASSON  with the RxArt Innovation Award presented by Trina Spear

After PARTY DJ Set by Nick AM

CHAIR, Thomas Tull

Host Committee: Mary Lynn Bergman-Rallis & John Rallis, Neil Blumenthal, Diane Brown, Francesco Clark, Glori & Meir Cohen, Agnes Gund, Hauser & Wirth, Michael Laven, Catherine Montgomery, Kate Montgomery, Nancy Olnick & Giorgio Spanu, TJ Parker, Rob Pruitt, Chris Salgardo, Cynthia Zabel

Benefit Committee: Lidia Andich, Paul Arnhold & Wes Gordon, Abby & Matt Bangser, Patrick Bradbury, Sarah Brown, Andrew Craven, Benjamin Godsill & Annie Burns, Kimberly & Ben Gould, Adam & Rachel Green, Leta Grzan, Betsee Isenberg & Tom Atencio, Olivia Marciano, Serra Pradhan, Casey Weyand

After Party Committee Chair: Zahra Ahmed, Vittorio Calabrese, Megan Green, Rebecca & Jeffrey Homapour, Prue Hyman & Joseph Ian Henrikson, Gabriel Lopez & Sarah Stein-Sapir, Ari Rallis, Rebecca Schwartz, Elie Rizel, Yolande Whitcomb

Honorees, Presenters, and Special Guests Included:

  • Nicolas Party
  • Heather Hasson
  • Diane Brown, Founder of RxART 
  • Zahra Ahmed, CEO DL1961 
  • TJ Parker, Founder & CEO PillPack
  • Francesco Clark, Founder Clark's Botanicals 
  • Stéphane Aquin
  • Rob Pruitt
  • Chris Salgardo
  • Derrick Adams
  • Brian Donnelly (KAWS)
  • Cecilia Alemani & Massimiliano Gioni
  • Sarah Ahmed 
  • Stephanie Roach
  • Isolde Brielmaier 
  • Julia Chiang
  • Susumu Kamijo
Heather Hasson, Diane Brown, and Nicolas Party at the RxART 2019 PARTY. Photo by Neil Rasmus/BFA.com

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