New York's Art Directors Club Announces New Crop of Creative 'Big Apples'
By Art Directors Club, 25 Sep 2006
The honorees, who hail from advertising, design, photography, illustration, fashion, and education, will be inducted at a gala black-tie dinner at the ADC Gallery in New York on Thursday, October 12.
The ADC Hall of Fame represents a unique cross-disciplinary acknowledgement of renowned professionals in visual arts and communications.
The current list includes innovators Janet Froelich, creative director of The New York Times Magazine; fashion creative Issey Miyake (pictured); advertising art director Nancy Rice; co-founder of Minneapolis ad agency Fallon McElligott Rice (now Fallon Worldwide); photographer Bert Stern cartoonist Art Spiegelman; Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the graphic novel Maus and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker and educator Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab.
The ADC Hall of Fame was initiated in 1972 to honor those whose careers had influenced the direction of their fields. "We needed to nail down who the legends were," says George Lois, who was the Club's president at that time.
"We were interested in paying tribute to the great designers and art directors who had come before us, as well as those who were setting the standards of the day. The Hall of Fame represents an eternal flame, not only for our industry and for young designers, but for the ADC as well."
"Being selected for the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame is a singular honor in the industry," comments ADC Executive Director Myrna Davis.
"The collected work of our laureates forms an archive that has become an invaluable educational resource, conserving the contributions of these extraordinary influencers for generations to come."
The 2006 laureates were chosen by a members' selection committee chaired by Ann Harakawa, partner in 212 Design.
It included ADC President Paul Lavoie, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of TAXI ad legends and ADC Hall of Famers George Lois and Tony Palladino Hall of Famer Paul Davis, artist and graphic designer past ADC president and design consultant Eileen Hedy Schultz ADC board member Gael Towey, Executive Creative Director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Cheryl Heller of Heller Communications Andy Hirsch, Executive Creative Director of Merkley & Partners and past ADC president Richard Wilde, recipient of the Hall of Fame Educators Award and Chair of the Advertising/Design Department of the School of Visual Arts.
"One of the things that most impresses me about the ADC is that the ongoing history of our industry is encapsulated in the Annuals and the Hall of Fame," says Lavoie. "The diverse nature of our Hall of Fame selections reaffirms ADC's role as the organization that recognizes creative excellence and innovation across disciplines. We're recognizing a group of leaders who have made inspirational contributions to their fields."
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