The Robert Giard Fellowship Comes Home to the Hamptons - A Benefit with Guest of Honor Mark Doty

The Robert Giard Fellowship Comes Home to the Hamptons
A Benefit with Guest of Honor Mark Doty

Sunday, August 24, from 5-7 p.m.
at the home of Sue Shapiro 280
Gerard Drive, East Hampton, NY

Please join us for the Robert Giard Foundation’s first event on the East End, a benefit for the Robert Giard Fellowship, with guest of honor, American poet and memoirist Mark Doty, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry.

This is an exciting homecoming for the Foundation after 12 years of activity as a New York City-based non-profit focusing on the visual arts.  The East End is where Bob Giard lived. It is the place he loved and where he matured as a photographer.

The fellowship extends the spirit of Robert Giard, for it supports visual artists like him whose content in the area of human sexuality,  gender and the LGBTQ experience is often closed to official channels of support.  In fact, our annual grant of $7,500 is the largest visual arts fellowship given in these subject areas. Click here for info about our current Fellow and here for info about past Fellows.


Benefit Committee
Clare Coss & Blanche Wiesen Cook
Jennifer Cross
Muriel Dimen
Jack Drescher & Nishan Kazazian
Sandra Ferguson
Katrina Foster & Pamela Kallimanis
Michael Hampton & Carlos Sandoval
Charles Hitchcock & David Wilt
Kevin Miserocchi
Dan Mongan & Anna Bernasek
Joe Pintauro & Greg Therriault
Sue Shapiro
Jonathan Silin & David Townsend
Kathryn Szoka & Maryann Calendrille

Tickets: $125 per ticket; Benefit Sponsor tickets: $250, $500 (pair).
All tickets are tax deductible less $25.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by check made payable to the Robert Giard Foundation and sent to:

Robert Giard Foundation
555 Fifth Ave, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Att: Barry Klingman

There will be a silent auction of Robert Giard’s Hedge and Hillocks, 1984. The signed and framed print will be available to those in attendance. 

Info about the silent auction photograph:

Robert Giard
Hedge and Hillocks, 1984
14x14 inch image on 16x20 inch Gelatin silver paper
Signed, dated, copy 5, au recto
Signed, titled, dated (negative 1981, print 1984), in pencil, au verso
Provenance: Direct from the Estate of Robert Giard, New York

This image comes from Robert Giard’s South Fork Portfolio commissioned by Robert Menschel for the Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY and first exhibited there in 1983. In 1989 the picture, along with the artists’ statement, appeared in Photography Speaks: 66 Photographers on Their Art. (Aperture: The Chrysler Museum).

(reserve price: $1750)