On Wednesday, June 13th, the Florence-based Studio Arts Centers International honored Arman and Corice Arman for their generous support at a cocktail party and reception at the Salander O'Reilly Galleries in Manhattan. The event was a fundraiser for SACI, one of the premiere, university-level, U.S. arts programs in Europe and a not-for-profit educational institution. On display in the gallery were a number of artworks donated by members of SACI's Alumni, Faculty and Artists Council, the sale of which benefitted SACI's Scholarship & Conservation Programs. In presenting the award to Corice before a packed gallery of friends and supporters, SACI President Mary Beckinsale acknowledged the Armans' invaluable contributions to SACI by founding the Artists Council for the organization. She also commended their leadership role in bringing together accomplished artists, emerging artists and collectors to support SACI scholarships and a conservation program that has earned accolades internationally.
In her brief remarks, Corice Arman thanked SACI for the honor and the gift of a painting by Jules Maidoff:
I’m honored to accept this award which you have so graciously given to me and to my late husband, Arman. He would have been honored and thrilled, as I am, that so many of you have taken time out your busy schedules to attend this event. Your generosity shows your appreciation for a cause dear to both of us: nurturing young artists and their maverick visions. I can't help thinking of what my friend Bill T. Jones, the choreographer, said recently: It's always great when an artist breaks through and receives the accolades and attention that he or she deserves. But that is by far the exception, unfortunately. Arman and I were always drawn to those programs, like SACI, which strive to shine a deserving light on work that might not otherwise be seen. My husband deeply believed in the notion of the "myotic" school—that everyone was an artist because we each carry within ourselves the potential to express our essential and unique humanity. He did that brilliantly throughout a life devoted to art. And among the many grace notes of his legacy--which I am determined to preserve and promote as best I can--is a passion to support succeeding generations of artists as he himself had been supported.
Thank you so much for honoring our commitment with this award.
Photo Credit Joe Locarro