Doris Duke Artist Awards


Campaign announcing the 2024 awardees of the prestigious annual honors presented by the Doris Duke Foundation.

The Doris Duke Foundation believes that the most effective illustration of the power of the performing arts to positively impact our society is found in the vital work of artists themselves. Established in 2012, the Doris Duke Artist Awards celebrate artists in the fields of contemporary dance, jazz and theater with prizes of $550,000 to be used without restrictions. To date, the Foundation has provided 135 artists with $38.8 million. The 2024 recipients are Nataki Garrett (theater), Shamel Pitts (dance), Acosia Red Elk (dance), esperanza spalding (jazz), Chay Yew (theater) and Miguel Zenón (jazz).

Pentagram has created a colorful campaign that highlights this year’s honorees and raises the profile of the awards as they continue into their second decade. The design features the message “When Artists Thrive, We All Thrive,” a credo of the Foundation that positions the awards as a platform to fight for the future of all performing artists. Powerful typography is combined with striking portraits of the artists by the photographer Camila Falquez.

The campaign includes full-page ads in The New York Times and The Washington Post, digital kiosks and a massive dynamic digital display in Times Square. The design looks ahead to a new visual identity and brand strategy developed by Pentagram for the Foundation, set to launch later this year.

New York
Abbott Miller
Project team
Kim Walker
Yoon-Young Chai
Daniel Varillas
Tengmo Han
Phil Robibero
Camila Falquez, photographer
Luise Stauss, photography direction
Genevieve Fussell, photography direction
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