John Hardy was the exclusive sponsor of the New York Academy of Artâ€™s Tribeca Ball, held on April 4th, 2011. We created a design competition to involve the Academyâ€™s students, inviting alumni of the NYAAâ€™s Master of Fine Arts program to create a back grill design that will be featured in a Bedeg collection cuff. The competition attracted hundreds of original submissions, and the talented Taehun Lee, who received her MFA from the Academy in 2009, was chosen as the lucky winner. In addition to having her stunning design featured on the jewelry itself, Taehun received a once in a lifetime opportunity to work under Head Designer and Creative Director, Guy Bedarida, by visiting the John Hardy compound from October 17 â€“ 21 and witnessing firsthand the design process as her work comes to life in recycled silver.
New York Academy of Art holds a second, major annual event at Sothebyâ€™s, called â€śTake Home a Nude.â€ť At this yearâ€™s event, held on October 17th and underwritten by Chanel, the NYAA alumni auctioned off their work - representing a nude in the medium of their choice â€“ with the John Hardy piece included in the impressive selection, all proceeds benefiting the academy.