Meet our Honorees

At our upcoming Annual Benefit at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, OHNY is excited to be honoring acclaimed architect Hugh Hardy, renowned artist Red Grooms and Leslie Koch, President of The Trust for Governors Island. Together, they represent the architectural and artistic creativity that exemplifies OHNY and New York City.

Hugh Hardy, courtesy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture website

Hugh Hardy FAIA has built and reshaped America’s cultural landscape through architecture. Over his 40 year career, Mr. Hardy’s work is consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context. Mr. Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, known for design of distinctive new buildings, restoration of historic structures, and planning projects for the public realm.

In addition to the DiMenna Center, recent celebrated New York projects include, New York Botanical Garden’s Leon Levy Visitor Center; the restoration of Radio City Music Hall; renovation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame; multiple projects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music; and restoration of Bryant Park. In addition, his faithful restorations of the New Victory and the New Amsterdam theaters, among many other projects on 42nd Street, were pivotal in the reemergence of Theater Row as one of New York’s premier places of entertainment. He is a noted preservationist and planner, serving on the board of the Municipal Art Society, the Architectural League of New York and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Looking Up Broadway, Again, 1993. Lithograph in six colors on Rives BFK paper. courtesy of Marlborough Gallery website.

Red Grooms has a prolific career as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, filmmaker and theater designer. New York has been his home and source of inspiration for many of his works since moving here in 1956 to study at the New School for Social Research. Mr. Grooms is perhaps best known for his walk-though environments that he calls “picto-sculptoramas,” notably for his masterpiece, Ruckus Manhattan (1975). Throughout the late 1980s and the mid 1990s he created his well known series of prints and three-dimensional works called New York Stories.

His work has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, and is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum and others worldwide. In 1988, he received the New York City Mayor’s Awards of Honor for Art and Culture, was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2000, and in 2003, he received a Lifetime Achievement award by the National Academy of Design.

Leslie Koch with OHNY Board President, Margaret Sullivan, and Robert Rogers and Guido Hartray of Rogers Marvel Architects

Leslie Koch, as president of The Trust for Governors Island is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and on-going operation of the 150 acres of the Island owned by The Trust. Ms. Koch developed the strategy to create new park and public spaces, expand public access and early signature uses, invest in infrastructure and stabilization and plan for mixed-use public and private development. The Island has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors who enjoy the island’s historic buildings, art installations, and panoramic views of New York Harbor.

In addition, the Island has received national attention for its innovative park and public space design and has been recognized with awards from the Downtown Alliance of New York City, the American Institute of Architects and the Municipal Art Society.


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