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Nearly 300 Patrons of the arts and supporters of Fletcher Benton and Arnaldo Pomodoro joined the Board of Directors and members of the International Sculpture Center (ISC) for our 200 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Benton and Pomodoro. The evening began with cocktails, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony, which included remarks by Peter Selz, art historian, educator, and longtime friend of both artists, and by Philip Linhares, chief curator at the Oakland Museum of California, and also a longtime friend of both artists.

This year’s event was the ISC’s most successful gala to date, and special thanks are due to all of the sponsors who contributed to the event’s success. We would like to thank Erik A. & Michele M. Christiansen, Karen & Robert Duncan, Kanter Family Foundation, Marc LeBaron / Lincoln Industries, Manuel Neri, Nadine Witkin / Estate of Isaac Witkin, Donald & Doris Fisher, Gretchen & John Berggruen, James Curtis, Galerie Brigitte Haasner, Panela & John Henry, Marlene & William S. Louchheim Jr., Sheila Potiker, Roselyne C. Swig, and Stephen & Connie Wirtz. Special thanks to Gerson Bakar, Gerson Bakar & Associates, the Koret Foundation, and Dick Green for making the possibility of SFMoMA as the gala venue a reality. Finally, we would like to thank in-kind donors McFadden Winery, providers of the wine for the cocktail portion of the evening, and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, LLC, and Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, suppliers of the wonderful “goodies” for the gift bags each attendee received at the conclusion of the evening’s festivities.

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Photo Credits (left to right): Arnaldo Pomodoro, Sfera con sfera, 1982-1983, Bronze, ø 200 cm, Dublino, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Berkeley Library. Image Courtesy Arnaldo Pomodoro Studio. Fletcher Benton, Folded Circle T, 1999, cor-ten steel. 12 x 9 x 9 feet. Image Courtesy Fletcher Benton Studio/ARS, Artist Rights Society, New York.