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John & Mary Pappajohn Accepting Their Award

Cipriani, both the 42nd St location and the Wall St location hold some of the best and most beautiful events of the year. This last Monday, October 21st, was no different. Americans for the Arts held their 2013 National Arts Awards and raised more than $800,000 in support of the arts and arts education as they celebrated luminaries in the arts world.

This years honorees were Dakota Fanning, who attended with her 32 year old boyfriend Jamie Strachan, the legendary BB King, John and Mary Pappajohn, Joel Shapiro and Alberto Carvalho.

Countless art world figures sat around the beautifully decorated gala tables including artists Will CottonChristopher WoolFrank Stella, and Christo, guitarist Buddy GuyJeffrey DeitchSarah ArisonTheodor and Isabella Dalenson, film director Kelly Reichardt, Justine Koons, and Maria Bell.

Original artwork by Will Cotton was on display and guests were treated to a performance of B.B. King’s music by YoungArts and Sprinkles cupcakes.

All photos courtesty of :  Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com