Each year, the American Federation of Arts presents the Cultural Leadership Award to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to supporting art and museums, both nationally and internationally. The Cultural Leadership Award is formally presented to the honorees at the AFA's annual gala, attended by an elite audience of leaders from society, business, and the cultural world. Proceeds from the gala help underwrite the AFA's traveling exhibitions, which are seen by well over one million visitors to museums located across the United States and around the world.
Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977 in Los Angeles, USA) lives and works in New York, USA and Beijing, China. He will be the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA in 2015. Wiley's work features in the permanent collections of numerous prominent institutions including The Jewish Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; Studio Museum, Harlem; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
The award will be presented on Tuesday 29 October 2013 at Metropolitan Club, One East 60th Street, New York City.