Date and Time:


April 28, 2018
7:30 PM


29 Norman Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222


ArtBall 2018

Honoring Toyin Ojih Odutola with the Rees Visionary Award

Presented by Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

Honorary Hosts*: Solange Knowles & Jack Shainman

Benefit Committee Chair: Young Paris

Music by: DJ CuppyDJ TUNEZ and djTAO


ArtBall is a premier contemporary African art auction and philanthropic event that aims to raise funds and awareness for Amref Health Africa. ArtBall 2018 honored artist Toyin Ojih Odutola with the Rees Visionary Award for bringing forth critical African cultural and transcultural perspectives, that inspire and embolden the viewer through these challenging times.


ArtBall 2018 featured a silent auction via Artsy, showcasing works from over 25 African artists. Admission to the event included an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and interactive educational installations about the work Amref Health Africa does to create lasting health change in Africa.




About the Honoree

Toyin Ojih Odutola was born in Nigeria and raised in Alabama. She received her B.A. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville before continuing to California College of the Arts for her M.F.A. Known for her conceptual portraiture, Ojih Odutola explores the concept of race, wealth, and Nigerian culture through her work. 


To Wander Determined, her first solo exhibition in New York is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art until February 25, 2018. Ojih Odutola has participated in exhibitions at various institutions, including Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2015, 2012); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2013); and Menil Collection, Houston, (2012).


Permanent collections include Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, and the National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian).

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Benefit Committee

Benefit Committee Chair: Young Paris

Honorary Committee Chair: Rodolfito Rothschild


Aaron Reitkopf

Aina Fadina

Alexandra Giniger

Alvin Massy

Amanda Uribe

Amy Rosi

Atim Annette Oton

Audra Lambert

Bridget Moran

Bryant Toth

Catherine Kimmel

Dani Forword

Danielle Goldman

Daria Brit Greene

Edoardo Monti

Emil Wilbekin

Emily Correale

Emily Havens

Esther Orudiakumo

Feyi Oshinkanlu

Hope McGrath

Isolde Brielmaier

Jasmin Hernandez

Job Piston

Joe Brown

Joey Lico

Jyah Anise Hoy

Leilani Ching

Lori Zimmer

Mackenzie Colgan Reinoso

Manuela Fisher

Megalyn Echikunwoke

Michael Ovitz

Michelynn Woodward

Molly Krause

Naomi Huth

Natalie  Kates

Nichole Caruso

Nicole London

Nyagaka Ongeri

Patrice  Farameh

Patricia Moscibrodzki

Peggy Cafferty

Rob Wolk

Robert  Kelty

Samia Grand-Pierre

Sarah Adolphson

Terance Takyi

Thando Hadebe

Vajra Kingsley

Wanjiru Mwangi

Wendy Fisher

Yanna Wilson-Fischer

Past ArtBalls


ArtBall 2017
ArtBall 2016


*Amref Health Africa cannot guarantee the attendance of Honorary Hosts