On April 16th, the Brooklyn Museum
will host its fourth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball in celebration of the borough’s creative community. Leading up to the event—which honors artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, and Kehinde Wiley, and features a benefit auction, dinner, and dancing—we spoke with artists who’ve contributed to the cause about their local art scene, and their donation.
Artsy: What is your personal relationship to Brooklyn?
Adam Parker Smith: I moved to Brooklyn in 2006. I have been working and living here since. One of the ways that I have supported myself outside of my studio career here in Brooklyn has been teaching, which I have done for the last ten years.
Artsy: Can you tell us a bit about the work you’re donating to the benefit auction, which will be supporting the museum and the Brooklyn artist community, and why that’s a cause you’re happy to contribute to?
APS: The Brooklyn Museum has been a resource that I have utilized for my own personal enjoyment and education as an artist, but I think more importantly as a teacher, it has been a place to bring students to introduce them to the amazing collections and exhibitions happening right in their own backyard. I have been to the museum nearly a dozen times with groups of students, and it’s been wonderful for me to get to see the work through their eyes. It has been these experiences, as well as the incredible group of artists that have been assembled in the years past for the benefit and this current year, that make it feel so good to be contributing to the benefit.