Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Annual Library Dinner 2020 POSTPONED until June 10, 2020
Dining Room, March 18, 2020 - June 10, 2020

The Library Dinner will be POSTPONED until Wednesday, June 10.
For more info about Salmagundi's schedule changes, click HERE.

Join us as we honor two outstanding Members of the Arts with the First W.H. Shelton Award presentation to Franklin Hill Perrell (Former Chief Curator, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art and Founder and Director of The Artful Circle) and Rebecca Shaykin (Associate Curator, The Jewish Museum and author of Edith Halpert, the Downtown Gallery and the Rise of American Art).

Tickets: $125 ($70 of which is a tax deductible donation to the Library) which includes presentation, dinner and a glass of wine and will help support the Salmagundi Library and its unique collection. 

Ticket price inlcudes a Historic Digital Souvenir Booklet for all attendees: This Journal is an E-Booklet (distributed via flash drive or email) and comprised of essays on the history of the Salmagundi Library, with congratulatory digital pages devoted to the two Curators Franklin Hill Perrell and Rebecca Shaykin from artists, collectors, and patrons of  American Art. Please click HERE for the Library Journal Ad requirements. Salmagundi members are welcome (and encouraged) to take out digital ads of their art in the journal).

For reservations (required), contact Melba Pagan  (212) 255-7740 or email Limited Seating. No tickets will be sold at the door.  For Wait List: please contact Alexander Katlan Library Chairman at

Event begins at 5:30pm when guests can tour the library and there will be musical performance from member Mitch Kahn in the parlor, with the award presentation at 6:30pm in the Main Gallery and followed by a three-course dinner service at 7pm.  In addition, we will have a silent auction, with offerings from our sponsors and including some fine historic treasurers. 

About the Awardees: 
Franklin Hill Perrell is a well-known art historian, curator, and writer. His career at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York has spanned over twenty years, culminating in the title of Chief Curator. There, he curated over fifty major exhibitions, including Miro & Calder, Chagall, Picasso, School of Paris, American Realism, Pop & Op, and Surrealism. After the museum, in 2009, Perrell became the Executive Director of the Roslyn Landmark Society in Long Island, where he was responsible for the historic preservation of over two hundred landmarked houses, as well as the rescue of endangered art and architecture. In 2013, he co-founded Artful Circle with business partner and Salmagundi Artist Member Debbie Wells, which serves clients in the art community with services including curatorial, catalogue writing, design production and special event programming: lectures, museum and art gallery visits. The most recent guest curatorial project is The Seasons at the Nassau County Museum of Art (Nov 15, 2019-March 1, 2020). Perrell also currently serves on Board of Trustees of the Heckscher Museum and the National Gallery of Bermuda in Hamilton.
RRebecca Shaykin is an Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York, where she organized the critically-acclaimed exhibition Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art. The companion volume, Edith Halpert, the Downtown Gallery, and the Rise of American Art, was named one of the New York Times critics' best art books of 2019 and won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Visual Arts. Past exhibitions at the Jewish Museum include Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is PowerMasterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage; and The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951. Before her tenure at the Jewish Museum, Shaykin worked at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and the Williams College Museum of Art. She received her BA in Art History from Oberlin College and MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.




Please join us for the Annual Library Dinner, our major fundraising event in support of the Salmagundi Library and its unique collection. Evening will include Library Tours, Musical Performance with Pianist Mitch Kahn, Silent Auction, Inaugural William H. Shelton Award presentations, Three-Course Dinner, and Digital Souvenir Commemorative Journal. More information forthcoming.

Please contact Melba Pagan (212) 255-7740 to reserve your diner as reservations are limited. 

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