2012 ARTWALK NY Honorees

Artist Honoree


Jack Pierson ImageJack Pierson

Born 1960, Plymouth, MA

Lives in New York, NY and Wonder Valley, CA

Jack Pierson makes photographs, word sculptures, installations, drawings, and artist's books that explore the emotional undercurrent of everyday life, from the intimacy of romantic attachment to the distant idolizing of others. Many works register as melancholic, their beauty speaking to nostalgia for dreams left unfulfilled. Using friends as models, Pierson has consistently engaged star culture through his work, whether the stars are from the screen, stage, or art world. Refusing cynicism or irony, Pierson relates to his viewers by seeming to admit his own attraction to the fantasy life depicted in his artworks. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the CAC Malaga, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Cheim & Read, New York. Pierson’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other museums worldwide. Pierson is represented by Cheim & Read, New York.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York

Philanthropic Honoree


Patrick McMullanPatrick McMullan

Patrick McMullan was born in New York and raised in Huntington, Long Island. Educated at New York University, McMullan majored in business and "minored in Studio 54." The premiere nightlife photographer in New York City, McMullan's work appears regularly in his weekly New York Magazine column, "Party Lines". His other columns include: Allure, Interview, Hamptons, Ocean Drive and Gotham among others.

He is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. His photography has been featured in publications worldwide such as the New York Times Magazine and Vogue, and in international editions of Harper's Bazaar, Details, Tatler and Out to name a few. Patrick McMullan's editorial works include recent stories in Details and Paper.

Patrick McMullan can also be found on TV on his "Party Flash" segment of "Full Frontal Fashion" on the Ultra HD channel on the VOOM HD Network. Patrick McMullan also has a photography studio and agency in NYC. At www.patrickmcmullan.com, viewers can get a glimpse into some of the most exclusive events that take place.