Photos: Lifetimes of Achievement Celebrated by Guild Hall

Andrea Grover and Harris Yulin during the cocktail hour looking south from Rockefeller Center Dane DuPuis

Finding a break between late-winter storms, Guild Hall celebrated its annual Academy of the Arts dinner at the Rainbow Room in New York City on Monday night.

Enjoying drop-dead Manhattan views and the musical stylings of Audrey Flack’s History of Art bluegrass band and G.E. Smith, some 245 guests also witnessed the award presentations to this year’s recipients, Harris Yulin for performing arts, Gail Sheehy for literary arts, and Ms. Flack for visual arts. Sheri Sandler received an award for leadership.

Alec Baldwin presented Mr. Yulin’s award. Tom Wolfe, a fellow “new journalist” from the early days of New York magazine, gave Ms. Sheehy hers. David Brigham, the president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, handed out Ms. Flack’s award. Ms. Sandler received hers from Andrea Grover, the director of Guild Hall.

Serving as hosts were Eric Fischl, the academy president, and Iris Smyles, a writer and former Guild House artist in residence, an appointment chosen by members of the academy.

The evening raised close to half a million dollars for Guild Hall’s programs.

The History of Art Band performing during the dinner, which honored Audrey Flack, center, singing and playing banjo.Dane DuPuis
Gail Sheehy and Michele CohenPatrick McMullan
The cast of Guild Hall's upcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet" had a red carpet moment.Patrick McMullan
Emanuele Fiore, Kelly Bensimon, and Richard SteinbergPatrick McMullan
Eric Fischl, the academy president, was a co-host for the evening.Patrick McMullan
Sheri Sandler, the recipient of the award for leadership, with Audrey Flack, who was given a lifetime achievement award in visual arts.Patrick McMullan
Arcmanoro Niles and Iris Smyles, two of Guild Hall's first artists in residence. Ms. Smyles was one of the evening's co-hosts.Patrick McMullan
G.E. Smith, a former music director of “Saturday Night Live” and an Amagansett resident, performed at Monday’s gala.Dane DuPuis
An amused Rainbow Room crowd, including the novelist Frederic Tuten, rear.Dane DuPuis