American Folk Art Museum Announces Winners of 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala

© 2022 Faith Ringgold, Courtesy ACA Galleries, New York.

Photo of Bisa Butler by Gioncarlo Valentine.

The American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) will host its 60th Anniversary Benefit Gala on April 7, 2022. The event will honor Faith Ringgold, Bisa Butler and Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS) for their accomplishments in the fields of art , design, letters and culture. . Proceeds from the gala will help support inclusive and accessible educational programs, exhibits and internships. Joyce Berger Cowin, a longtime supporter and administrator of the Museum, is the honorary president of the gala.

“At 60, we are proud to celebrate our anniversary by paying tribute to three of the most creative artists of our time,” said Jason T. Busch, Director and CEO of AFAM. “Innovative, iconic and inspiring, each has had a distinct impact in the United States and abroad.”

“The American Folk Art Museum has for years been a safe haven for foreign artists and folk artists,” said Bisa Butler. “It’s a place to see American craftsmanship in a museum and know that the art is respected.”

Brian Donnelly commented, “Congratulations to the American Folk Art Museum on its 60th anniversary. I am happy to be part of the upcoming celebration and to serve on the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

The gala will be held at Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, New York, New York. For tickets and more information, please visit

About Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold is a painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist. Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, where she taught art from 1987 to 2002, and the recipient of more than 80 awards, including 23 honorary doctorates of fine arts. His work is in the collection of museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery, Washington, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Ringgold’s first book, the award-winning Tar Beach in 1991, won more than 20 awards, including the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 1991. To date, she has published more than two dozen books for readers of all ages.

About Bisa Butler

Bisa Butler creates captivating portraits using brightly colored and patterned fabrics. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago and can be found in museum collections including: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Newark Museum of Art, The Toledo Museum of Art, Orlando Museum of Art. In 2020, Butler was named a United States Artist Fellow and was recently awarded a Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship.

About Brian Donnelly

Brian Donnelly (aka KAWS) engages audiences beyond the museums and galleries where he regularly exhibits. His prolific body of work straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphics and products, street art and large-scale sculpture. Over the past two decades he has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying spirit, irreverence and affection for our times. Its refined graphic language revitalizes the figuration with both large bold gestures and playful subtleties.

About the Museum of American Folk Art

The American Folk Art Museum engages people of all backgrounds through its collections, exhibitions, publications, and programs as the primary forum shaping the understanding and appreciation of folk and self-taught art across time and space. The Museum celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2022.

Mildred D. Field