Clive Davis and Ava DuVernay to Receive National Portrait Gallery Awards – Deadline

José Andrés, Clive Davis, Ava DuVernay, Marian Wright Edelman, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Serena Williams and Venus Williams will be honored at the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait of a Nation Awards on November 12.

The event, which began in 2015, “honors extraordinary individuals who have made transformative contributions to the United States and its people in all fields of arts and science endeavours,” according to the Smithsonian Gallery. An exhibition featuring portraits of the winners will open at the museum on November 10.

Baratunde Thurston will host the event, with Laurene Powell Jobs presenting to Andres; Alicia Keys to Davis; Isabel Wilkerson to DuVernay; Hillary Clinton to Edelman; David M. Rubenstein to Fauci; Mellody Hobson to Serena Williams and Sonya Haffey and Isha Price to Venus Williams.

Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Galley, said in a statement: “It is important to honor and celebrate people who make a difference and inspire others. The presenters, each of whom has a special relationship with the winners, help us offer meaningful thanks to this year’s winners for their significant contributions to our nation.

The National Chairs for the event are Catherine and Michael Podell, Eduardo J. Ardiles and Joseph P. Ujobai, and Lyndon J. Barrois, Sr. and Janine Sherman Barrois. Washington, DC, the presidents are Kristin and John Cecchi and Susanna and Jack Quinn, and the founding presidents are Wayne and Catherine Reynolds. Members of the welcoming committee include Robert and Arlene Kogod, Rubenstein, Patty Stonesifer and Michael Kinsley.

Julia P. Cluff