To honor Art Matters co-founder Laura Donnelley, guests gathered at the studio of Izhar Patkin in New York’s East Village in November. For the 27th Edition of the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award, Donnelley was presented the visionary award for her outstanding personal commitment to supporting the work of young and emerging artists by the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. Under Donnelley’s leadership, Art Matters has distributed over 2,500 grants to US artists for fellowships and collaborative projects all over the world.

Donnelley also received Montblanc’s 2018 Patron of Art 4810 limited-edition writing instrument, which was on display all evening. DJ Matt D. provided the music, and John Kelly performed live for the crowd, while Sylvain Costof, president of Montblanc North America said a few words to commemorate the evening with Laura Donnelley. The Visionary Award was presented to Donnelley by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, the chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation.

“Laura Donnelley’s continued support and passionate commitment to enriching the lives of artists has had a measurable impact on making arts and culture accessible to broader audiences,” explains Costof. “This award celebrates those efforts of modern-day patrons creating innovative ways for artists to have freedom to create and push boundaries on new ideas.”

Till Fellrath, Laura Donnelley, Sam Bardaouil and Sylvain Costof attend The 27th Edition Of The Montblanc Arts Patronage Award In New York on November 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Montblanc)
Till Fellrath, Laura Donnelley, Sam Bardaouil and Sylvain Costof attend The 27th Edition Of The Montblanc Arts Patronage Award In New York on November 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Montblanc)
Montblanc Cultural Foundation Honors Laura Donnelley With The 27th Edition Of The Montblanc Arts Patronage Award In New York on November 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Montblanc)
Montblanc Cultural Foundation Honors Laura Donnelley With The 27th Edition Of The Montblanc Arts Patronage Award In New York on November 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Montblanc)