To all of the nominees, award winners, patrons and sponsors who helped make our events spectacular!
The Human Touch
The GFAA annual award ceremony and all of our events are platforms to celebrate the nominees. We honor these exceptional exhibitions and public works of art – which involve the efforts of many people to produce the exhibitions, and of course the artists who create these masterpieces.
There is so much great art to experience and share – and we believe that the GFAA program will help in some small way to educate people around the world about art and its global messages.
From religion, war and politics, to love, lust, family and nature, the themes of life woven through art are as relevant today as they were from the beginning of time.
In many ways, this is reassuring. Or, at least it is to me.
Congratulations to all of the nominees, and thank you for your beautiful work.
Judy Holm, GFAA CEO & President
GFAA is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purpose of GFAA must be payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides a fiscal sponsorship program to help arts organizations raise money from charitable sources.
Dec 1, 2014 – Winners Revealed and Reveled at the Global Fine Art Awards Ceremony and Event
International nominees, patrons and sponsors of the GFAA gathered to be the first to hear the winners of the 2014 GFAA program announced during a live ceremony and event in Miami Beach on December 1, 2014.
The highlight of the evening was showcasing the 25 finalists’ with individually curated videos, which were projected on a nine-foot by twelve-foot screen. During the awards presentation, the video of each winner was played as their name was announced.
Adding to the allure of the evening, Massimina Caneva of Liaisons Abroad and Byblos Art Hotel provided an “Art in Italy” Raffle Prize Trip.
Napa Valley’s latest cult wine, Nellcote, donated bottles of their beautiful new rose to VIPs and donors of the award program.
Photos by Miami Heat photographer, worldredeye’s Richard Alvarez, documented the event
The GFAA ceremony connects with the heritage and timing of Art Basel Miami Beach and the mega week of international culture. More than 75,000 people are anticipated this week in Miami, where they will experience all forms of art and design, music and fashion.
Miami Beach, mecca to the elite jet set crowd, was the ideal backdrop for staging the GFAA awards ceremony.
Over the past year, nominees were carefully vetted, and hail from as far as the Brouq Natural Reserve in Qatar to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. More than 200 museums and their respective programming of over 1,000 exhibitions, as well as vigilant coverage of over 50 major sources of art editorial, were the source for the selection of nominees.
Among the guests were luminaries of the art world- from editors and publishers, to museum directors, gallerists, artists and collectors.
In learning that the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s exhibition created from her collection (CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) won the award for best Contemporary and Post-War art, Miami-based Ella Fontanals Cisneros said, “I am proud to receive the Global Fine Art Award for Permission to be Global and would like to thank the Jury and organizers of this memorable event”.
Katharina Christ, magister artium, project leader Kunsthalle and assistant to the CFO of UniCredit Bank AG and Peter Hansen, Rechtsanwalt LL.M and director at UniCredit Bank AG traveled from Munich to accept the award for Best Ancient Art exhibition. They said: “On behalf of Roger Diederen, director of Kunsthalle Munich and the entire team having shown ‘Life on the Volcano’ to almost 200,000 people, we would like to thank the GFAA for this prestigious award. Kunsthalle Munich is flattered to be amongst the first winners of this important new attribution to the global art world.”
It was also announced that a GFAA Advisory Board is being formed in 2015. In addition to Dean Schriner, Terence Riley, Architect, and former Director of the Miami Art Museum, joins the Board.
Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts, attended the celebration and accepted the award, Best Old Masters and Dynasties for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Treasures from Korea.” He said, “Congratulations to the most-deserving winners. The Global Fine Art Awards is a visionary program, and I am honored to be part of the Advisory Board in the future.”
Richard Benefield, deputy director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, whose David Hockney exhibition was the winner of the YOUniversal Award, and received Honorable Mention for Contemporary Art category, stated:
“As the organizing curator of David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, I had the great privilege and pleasure to work directly with David and his curator and manager Gregory Evans, the show’s curator, to mount the largest exhibition in the history of the de Young. With more than 398 works of art shown in 18,000 square feet of exhibition space, the show was seen by more than 240,000 people, one of the most diverse audiences in the museums’ history.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are proud to share this award with David Hockney and Gregory Evans and the many, many people who contributed in so many ways to make the exhibition a reality. I, personally, want to thank the President of our Board of Trustees, Diane B. Wilsey, whose idea it was to have a David Hockney show in the first place, and who then encouraged me to make the show really great. I think we succeeded.”