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Virtual | Benefit Week VIP Program – A Conversation with Michele Oka Doner & Marieluise Hessel

April 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

12pm ET | 11am CT | 9am PT

ArtTable Circle and Annual Benefit Host Committee Members are invited to join us for a virtual VIP program during Benefit Week – a conversation with renowned artist Michele Oka Doner and art collector and philanthropist Marieluise Hessel.

This program is open to ArtTable Circle and Annual Benefit Host Committee Members only. To confirm your attendance, please email You will receive the Zoom link after your registration is confirmed.

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Accessibility: Please note that this program will offer live closed captioning. If you require additional accommodations, please email

About Michele Oka Doner

Michele Oka DonerMichele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist and author whose work spans five decades. Her artwork is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. Her artistic production encompasses sculpture, public art, prints, drawings, functional objects, artist books, costume and set design, video and other media. She is well known for creating over 40 public and private permanent art installations, including “A Walk On The Beach.” The mile and a quarter long bronze and terrazzo concourse at Miami International Airport is seen by 40,000,000 travelers a year. She has authored or been the subject of eight books. Oka Doner has received grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the New York State Council of the Arts, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and others. She has also received many awards, including those given by the United Nations Society of Writers and Artists, Pratt Institute “Legends” and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan, where she received her undergraduate and MFA degrees.

Oka Doner’s work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Chicago Art Institute, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian), the Louvre – Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, as well as in museum collections at the University of Michigan, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Oxford, among numerous others nationally and internationally. She maintains a studio in New York City.

About Marieluise Hessel

Marieluise HesselMarieluise Hessel is an art collector and philanthropist. She established the Marieluise Hessel Foundation and founded the Hessel Museum of Art. She is also a co-founder of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Founded 30 years ago, CCS-Bard was the first graduate curatorial program in the United States. CCS Bard is now an international research center with a library and archives, and is dedicated to the study of late 20th and 21st century art, curatorial practice, and art in contemporary culture. It offers a master’s degree in curatorial practice, the study of museum activities, exhibitions, art criticism, and the interpretation of art. CCS-Bard’s graduate students come from all over the world. Its alumni work in museums, art institutions and non-profits all over the world.

Marieluise has been a collector of contemporary art since the late 1960’s, and her still growing collection of over 2,000 works is on permanent loan to CCS-Bard & the Hessel Museum.

The Library was established with a 7,000-volume collection donated by Marieluise from her personal library. It now holds over 37,000 volumes, including international exhibition catalogs, artists’ monographs, international art periodicals, and special collections. The Archives now house over 2,500 linear feet of physical collection holdings. They document the institutional history of CCS Bard as well as serving as the repository for the archives of select galleries, art spaces, and initiatives, and the personal papers of important contemporary art curators.

She is married to Edwin L. Artzt, Retired Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.


  1. Michele Oka Doner, Glyphs, PAMM exhibition, 2015
  2. Michele Oka Doner, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, 2015
  3. Marieluise Hessel, courtesy of the speaker


April 14, 2021
12:00 pm
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