2017 AIGA Awards Gala

You’re invited to design’s social event of the year

Join us for an evening with the biggest movers and shakers of the creative industry and celebrate the 2017 Medalists and the Corporate Leadership Award recipient.

2017 AIGA Awards Gala
Friday, April 21, 2017
6:30–10:00 p.m.
Pier Sixty
23rd Street and the West Side Highway
New York City

Chaired by Brian Collins, Bobby C. Martin, Jr., and Christine Taylor, the 2017 Gala will honor Art Chantry, Emmett McBain (posthumously), Rebeca Méndez, Mark Randall, Nancy Skolos, Thomas Wedell, and Lance Wyman, as well as the Corporate Leader Bloomberg L.P. The proceeds from your tickets and contributions will benefit essential programs from AIGA and the New York chapter that provide access, education, and preservation of design through educational and networking events; design resources such as the AIGA Design Archives and the Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships; and original editorial and digital content—ensuring that AIGA supports designers at every stage of their career.

We didn’t do it alone:
See all of our 2017 AIGA Gala supporters who make this evening possible.

Meet the 2017 honorees


Here are the recipients of the 2017 AIGA Medal and Corporate Leadership Award, recognized for their role as distinguished practitioners and leaders whose persistent forward-thinking and profound mastery of their craft have reimagined design’s impact on business, education, and our communities.

    • Art Chantry, recognized for his intrepid exploration of subculture visual communication, and his fearless celebration of cultural diversity
    • Emmett McBain, recognized for his revolutionary design leadership ​and profound social impact in ​​co-founding the Burrell-McBain Advertising
    • Rebeca Méndez, recognized for challenging and transforming academia and design with her innovative interplay of identity and culture
    • Mark Randall, recognized for his ​singular​ dedication to diversity in design, and his tenacity in ​funding​ ​minority and economically disadvantaged design ​students
    • Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell, recognized for pushing the boundaries of art, design, and technology with a distinctive vision to find connection among disparate forms
    • Lance Wyman, recognized for his mastery of visual ecosystems, and for setting the standard for the universal, public design experience
    • Bloomberg L.P., Corporate Leadership Award recipient, recognized for its history of design innovation, its advancement of design on multiple fronts, and increasing transparency by connecting networks of information, people, and ideas

Save your spot now

Leadership table: $20,000 Two tables of eight, front-row seating; prominent logo on AIGA.org and at event
Benefactor table: $10,000 One table of eight, premium seating; logo on AIGA.org and at event
Patron table: $7,500 One table of six, prime seating; name on AIGA.org and at event
Donor ticket: $1,500 Premium seating; name on AIGA.org
Friend ticket: $350 General seating

Live-stream the 2017 AIGA Awards Gala

Can’t make it to New York City? This year we will stream the 2017 awards ceremony live for AIGA members and design enthusiasts. Tune in from anywhere in the world as seven amazing and diverse designers, and one truly design-led company, make history.

Friday April 21st at 7:30-8:​45​ p.m. ET
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Consider having a viewing party with your chapter, local student groups, or even invite an AIGA fellow or design legends to open the experience with a toast.

It is our intent to make this experience as inclusive as possible to our design community. We are committed to sharing this important night with everyone.

For information regarding tables and sponsorship contact Vanessa Crews, 212 710 3125.
For general information, contact Susan Augenbraun, 212 710 3133.

Want a taste of the celebrations that await?
See photos from the 2016 event in New York City, and meet the 2016 Medalists.