The Boston Architectural College was pleased to host the 7th annual Gala Preview Party to benefit the College to open AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries & The Boston Print Fair, now a part of the first Boston Design Week. 650 guests attended the event at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on Thursday, March 27 to show their support for the BAC, and to preview this year's collection of modern art and design at the annual show produced by Fusco and Four Ventures.
The AD20/21 Gala Preview Party is the Boston Architectural College's premier fundraising event of the year, attracting hundreds of guests from the BAC and Boston's vibrant design community, and has been an important opportunity for the College to raise funds to continue to educate the finest emerging design professionals and to enhance the student experience.
"Since our inaugural Gala seven years ago, AD 20/21 has been bigger and better every year. As the chair of the Board of Trustees, I was pleased to see so many old friends and to meet new people who came to support the BAC. What an elegant and stimulating evening to enjoy together as we celebrate the College's 125th anniversary," commented Marc Pelletier at the end of the evening.
"The BAC is grateful for the support this Gala provides," said BAC President Ted Landsmark. "The annual AD20/21 Gala tonight brought together happy supporters of great 20th Century design and fine art who also support the BAC to enjoy outstanding decorative arts and fine art assembled by dealers committed to advancing knowledge of the artistic attributes that underlie the rapid rise in values of the 20th Century arts that inspire innovative 21st Century interior designs."
Guests included architects, decorative arts and interior design specialists, landscape architects, museum curators, furniture dealers, builders, developers and real estate professionals, collectors, artists, bankers, fashionistas and photographers, BAC Trustees, Overseers, faculty, and importantly our students.
Susan Park, president of the Boston Preservation Alliance, was awarded with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the former president and current treasurer of The South End Historical Society, which preserves and promotes the South End neighborhood of Boston—the largest intact Victorian row house district in the country. When not advocating for historic preservation, Susan is president and chief executive officer of Boston Harborfest, which promotes the cultural history of Boston. She was also a Parks Commissioner for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department from1997 to 2013. Her tireless efforts over many decades have given us all a city whose design is recognized and appreciated throughout the world.
This year AD20/21 is now part of Boston Design Week, a 10-day citywide festival of design that is brand new to Boston. Boston Design Week featuring 80 plus events spanning across the entire city of Boston and beyond. Boston Design Week is produced by Fusco and Four Ventures and seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design, foster recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, and bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations.