Legends and Legacies pays tribute to local, regional, and national individuals who have shown a commitment to freedom through social justice, human rights, cultural democracy, artistic excellence, and service. Their actions have influenced and impacted their community, city, state, and beyond through philanthropy, commitment to community, policy development, service, leadership, preservation, creativity, and vision.
The 14th annual Legends & Legacies Award Ceremony and Reception, honors Ann and Ron Pizzuti, October 7, 2021, 7 PM at the Lincoln Theatre (ticket link below).
The Pizzutis are ranked by ART News among “The World’s Top 200 Collectors” and have amassed a truly legendary contemporary art collection. In donating The Pizzuti Collection to the Columbus Museum of Art, they have created a legacy that will endure for decades to come.
Ann and Ron Pizzuti are among the nation’s foremost collectors of black art with works by over 111 African, Afro-Cuban and African American artists. They own works by African Americans: Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Mark Bradford, Titus Kaphar, Hank Willis Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, Lyle Ashton Harris, Kerry James Marshall, Leonardo Drew, Carrie Mae Weems, Derrick Adams and Julie Mehretu, among others.
Ann and Ron have spent the last 40 years amassing a collection of over 2,000 pieces of contemporary art. In September 2015, they decided to share their collection with the City of Columbus by creating The Pizzuti Collection, now a part of the Columbus Museum of Art. By doing so, Ann and Ron aimed “to foster cultural understanding and educational exchange by championing a diversity of voices from around the globe.”
Proceeds from the event will support the many arts education programs offered by The King Arts Complex.
Please join The King Arts Complex for an amazing evening as we celebrate the Pizzutis.
Host Committee Co-Chairs
Monica and Doug Kridler
Elaine and Curt Moody
Host Committee Members
Donna and Nick Akins
Drs. Jamie and Steve Allen
Carol and Dave Aronowitz
Lori Barreras and Alex Fischer
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and the late Otto Beatty, Jr.
Heather and Frederic Bertley
Jeri Block and Bobby Schottenstein
Barbara and David Brandt
Yvette McGee Brown and Tony Brown
Janelle and Michael B. Coleman
Lisa and Tom Courtice
Tanny Crane and John Wolff
Lynnda and Steve Davis
Lisa and Jeff Edwards
Sherri Geldin and Daniel Verdier
Audrey and Harvey Glick
Joy and Michael Gonsiorowski
Jasmine and Reuben Green
and Robin Ratchford
Cindy and Larry Hilsheimer
Jack Jackson and Robert Storbeck
Donna and Larry James
Dara Pizzuti and Richard Jolly
Erika and Ramon Jones
Mary and Tom Katzenmeyer
Katie and Brett Kaufman
Linda and Michael Kaufmann
Linda and Frank Kass
Mary K. Lazarus
Nannette and George Maciejunes
Mo and David Meuse
Alicia and Greg Overmyer
Robyn and Ron Ransom
Achea and Michael Redd
Barbara and RL Richards
Michelle and Pete Scantland
Jody and Jeff Scheiman
Renee and Alex Shumate
Danielle and George Skestos
Sheila and Gene Smith
Joy and Bruce Soll
Jacqueline and Dean Taylor
Susan Tomasky and Ron Ungvarsky
Amy Grace and Doug Ulman
Arlene and Michael Weiss
As of October 6, 2021
2021 Legends & Legacies Sponsors
The King Arts Complex celebrated the 14th annual Legends and Legacies award recipients on Thursday, October 7, 2021 . The honorees were Ann and Ron Pizzuti.
The King Arts Complex celebrated the 13th annual Legends and Legacies award recipients on Thursday, October 17, 2019 . The honorees were Curtis J. Moody, Sr. and Lewis R. Smoot, Sr.
The King Arts Complex celebrated the 12th annual Legends and Legacies award recipients on Thursday, October 4, 2018 . The honorees were the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., Honorable Algenon L. Marbley and Alex Shumate, Esquire.
Congresswoman Beatty currently represents the 3rd District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served five terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where she became the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history. Attorney Otto Beatty, Jr. served for eighteen years in the Ohio General Assembly and is the former president of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a tireless advocate for children, families, and consumers.
Dr. Drake was appointed the 15th President of The Ohio State University in 2014. An experienced leader, Dr. Drake has shared a compelling vision for the university to continue its ascent in the national rankings while focusing on greater access, affordability and inclusive excellence. A physician by training, Dr. Drake has provided exceptional leadership to the university community, and to higher education nationally.
After a career as a lawyer and as a director or trustee of organizations focused on education, international health, finance, civil rights and the arts, Mrs. Drake now serves Ohio State through advocacy and engagement on campus, in Columbus and throughout the country.
Together, the Drakes are talented, dynamic leaders whose dedication to Ohio State and the community will have an enormous impact for years to come.
It is indisputable that Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s achievement in his 16 years’ tenure has benefited most of community members in Columbus: projects in downtown area have revitalized King Lincoln District, Near East Side and Franklinton; and recent community development of American Addition area increases the number of beneficiaries in Columbus.
As Columbus Museum of Art CEO Nanette Maciejunes referred in the Award Ceremony, “Showing up is the best support.” Mayor B. Coleman has been active in almost every community events, from museum receptions, tie tying ceremony to small business conference and Columbus Marathon. His efforts have left us a healthier community environment encouraging everyone to participate in making Columbus a better home for future generations.
This year’s honoree will be Wil Haygood – Author, Reporter, and Biographer.
This year’s honoree will be Denny Griffith – Artist and Educator.
The King Arts Complex will celebrate the 6th Annual Legends & Legacies Awards, "Living Legends of the Skies: The Tuskegee Airmen". This year's honorees will be eight Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen from Ohio. These individuals are the heroes and pioneers of equality that triumphed over adversity and rose above obstacles. We are proud to honor their bravery and accomplishments!
- Thomas Austin
- Harold Brown
- Hilton Carter, Jr.
- Donald E. Elder
- Charles Feaster
- Robert L. Harvey, Sr.
- John Leahr
- Paul Menefield
- Charles I. Williams
- Loann Crane
- Robert Duncan
- Lynn Greer
- Archie Griffin
- Donald Harris
- Is Said
- Larry James
- Kojo Kamau
- Cathe Kobacker
- Doug Kridler
- Wayne Lawson
- Robert Lazarus
- Amos Lynch
- Mary McClendon
- William and Florence Richardson
- Aminah Robinson
- Cliff Tyree
- Gene Walker
- Terri Springer Walker
- Ric Wanetik
- Tony and Aziza West
- Jeanette Williams
- John B. Williams
- Catherine Willis
- Maya Angelou – Writer, Poet, Educator, Actress, and Civil Rights Activist
- Halroy “Hal” Williams – Actor
- Bernard Terry – Athlete, Artist, and Actor
- Samella Sanders Lewis – Artist, Educator, Art Historian, and Writer
- Lerone Bennett, Jr. – Author and Historian
- Johnnetta B. Cole – Cultural Anthropologist
- Danny Glover – Actor, Director, and Producer
- James Counts Early – Equal Rights Advocate
- Harry Belafonte – Musician and Actor
- Ruby Dee – Actress
- Mari Evans – Writer and Poet
- Nikki Giovanni – Writer and Poet
- Odetta – “Queen of American Folk Music”
- Sonia Sanchez – Writer and Poet
- Val Gray Ward – Theatre Personality and Activist