The Art Directors Club, the first global creative collective of its kind and longest standing organization championing the visual arts, today announced the 2012 inductees into its prestigious ADC Hall of Fame.
The new group of laureates, representing advertising, design, filmmaking, illustration, photography and education, will be inducted at a creative black-tie benefit gala held for the first time during Advertising Week in New York—on the evening of Friday, October 5, 2012. To be emceed by Cindy Gallop, all proceeds feed the wide range of ADC Educational programs.
ADC Hall of Fame laureates for 2012 are:
• Barry Blitt, illustrator
• David Droga, Creative Chairman, droga5
• Mary Ellen Mark, photographer
• Kevin O’Callaghan (Educator Award), SVA 3D Design Chair
• Deborah Sussman, Principal and Founder, Sussman/Prejza
“Walt Disney, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol, Lee Clow, Dan Wieden, Jay Chiat, Alex Bogusky—all incredible legends in our Hall of Fame, who have dramatically altered the industry we work in,” said Ignacio Oreamuno, ADC Executive Director. “This year marks the 92nd year of the Art Directors Club and our Hall of Fame continues to grow with advertisers, designers, educators, artists, photographers and illustrators whose work is quite simply jaw-dropping. This year’s Hall of Fame exhibit will be our most impressive to date, anyone that attends will leave both humbled and inspired.”
ADC established the Hall of Fame in 1971 as a cross-disciplinary acknowledgement of the most renowned professionals in visual arts and communications. Past inductees represent a diverse group of luminaries in those fields, for the complete list, please visit www.adcglobal.org/archive/hof/.
In celebration of the new inductees—the ADC will be hosting the Festival of Fame, a series of events this fall at their gallery in New York, which will include an exhibition of inductee’s work, designed and curated by the laureates themselves, and a series of speaker events.
The selection committee were keen to sing the praises of the 2012 cohort.
"Consistency counts, making Barry Blitt a master of incisive, penetrating insights into the foibles of the characters of our times. He delivers with clarity in his own original style over and over again. The wonder is how he moves so fast to be so to the point so often." - Ivan Chermayeff, Founding Partner, Chermayeff & Geismar.
Bob Giraldi, a fellow member of the selection committee was enthusiastic about the choice of David Droga. "In the long history of ad agency brilliance-- successful writers and outrageously distinctive art directors have ruled the land. And now, add the name; David Droga, to that list as this truly independent and innovative agency thinker rightfully takes his place as one of the creative geniuses of the modern marketing world,” said Bob Giraldi, Film Director and Owner, Giraldi Media; Chair, Live Action Short Film Graduate Department, School of Visual Arts.
In addition, Janet Froelich creative director, Real Simple and ADC Hall of Fame laureate had this to say about inductee Mary Ellen Mark. "Mary Ellen Mark occupies a rare position in the world of photography — one of a handful of photographers equally known for incisive, groundbreaking photojournalism, and iconic, emotionally charged portraiture. She is considered a master of visual storytelling and her richly saturated images have become icons in the history of magazine design."
As for Kevin O’Callaghan, he was praised by ADC Hall of Fame Laureate Richard Wilde. "In the history of three-dimensional-design education, Kevin O'Callaghan has taken his vision to unimaginable heights inspiring students to achieve a professional level of excellence far beyond expectations,” said Wilde, who is also an ADC advisory board member.
Finally Louise Fili, Hall of Fame co-chair was enthusiastic about the induction of Deborah Sussman. "Deborah Sussman's induction into the Hall of Fame is long overdue. As one of the original students of the American Bauhaus and a designer at the studio of Charles and Ray Eames, she emerged as a pioneer of modern graphic design, as well as a role model for generations of young women," said Fili, President, Louise Fili Ltd.
In addition to the above, the 2012 Hall of Fame Selection Committee includes:
Anthony P. Rhodes, Executive Vice President, School of Visual Arts, Hall of Fame Co-chair; Gail Anderson, Faculty, School of Visual Arts; Doug Jaeger, Partner, JaegerSloan Inc., ADC Second Vice President, ADC Advisory Board President; Benjamin Palmer, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, the barbarian group, ADC Board President; Richard Wilde, Design and Advertising Department, School of Visual Arts; and George Lois, Art Director, ADC past president.