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Nassau County Museum Of Art Announces The Museum Ball: Going All City On June 8

The Nassau County Museum of Art will hold its first Museum Ball in five years: Going All City is inspired by the current exhibition, Urban Art Evolution, that reveals the fascinating trajectory of 1980s street art to today’s widely collected works on view in galleries and museums around the world. On June 8, 2024, NCMA’s most important fundraising event of the year will honor Harvey R. Manes, M.D.

Proceeds from this grand celebration support NCMA’s exhibitions, public programs, family and children’s activities, and programs for the neurodivergent community. Located on a magnificent 145-acre preserve and sculpture garden, the museum provides year-round cultural programs and nature exploration, while conducting environmental conservation projects for the benefit of all Long Islanders. The Gilded Age mansion is the site of three major exhibitions annually, and the museum welcomes more than 15,000 school children for grade-specific programs each year.

The event begins with a VIP Sponsor Experience at 6 – 7 pm: a brief music program inspired by works in the exhibition will be performed by DuoJalal’s Kathryn Lockwood (violist) and Yousif Sheronick (percussionist) in Gallery One.

At 7 pm, all guests are invited for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; at 8 pm, guests will enter the dinner tent where a brief dance performance will take place. The live auction, dessert and dancing follow.

According to NCMA’s Board President and Museum Ball Chair Angela Susan Anton, “We are excited to begin a new annual tradition of gathering our sponsors and community members to support NCMA through this magical event.”

A philanthropist, educator, and author, Dr. Manes has been a passionate collector of art for more than 40 years. He is a longstanding Trustee of the Nassau County Museum of Art and its Exhibition and Acquisition Committee. He has lent numerous works from his collection to notable museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Heckscher Museum, Jewish Museum-NYC, NCMA, among others.

Through his generosity, NCMA’s Manes Center for Art and Education was completely renovated and is now a dynamic and inspiring learning environment. In this state-of-the art facility, an outstanding faculty serves hundreds of students of all ages and abilities annually.

Dr. Manes is the founder of the Manes Peace Prize Foundation that has supported numerous individuals and organizations that promote peace through art and education. Most recently, the Foundation provided thirty-two awards to Nassau County public high school art students in a juried art competition on view in the Manes Center now.

For more than twenty years, he was a clinical instructor of orthopedic surgery and taught surgery to numerous resident physicians at Nassau County University Hospital. A pioneer in joint replacement surgery, he also served as a team physician at both the university and high school levels.

He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where he won the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Society’s writing competition with his dissertation on The Law Regarding Fine Art Theft and Fraud.

A prolific writer, he has authored several books, including The Nobel Peace Prize and How it has Failed Us and Collecting Art: For Pleasure and Profit.

Dr. Manes has four adult children and lives in New York City and Westhampton Beach, NY.

“The Nassau County Museum of Art is pleased to recognize Dr. Manes for his longstanding involvement and support for our exhibition and educational initiatives,” stated Beth Horn, NCMA’s executive director, “His participation ensures an exciting future for the Museum and our service to the community.”

For information and to purchase tickets, journal ads, and sponsorships, see and call 516.484.9337, extension 16.

—Submitted by the Nassau County Museum of Art

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