Audrey Love Memorial Award To Highlight Allied Artist Exhibit

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NEW YORK—The Allied Artists of America will feature a new, generous cash prize for its juried 108th annual exhibition: the $5,000 “Audrey Love Memorial Award,” which will honor Audrey Love’s many years of devotion to the arts.

An art collector, philanthropist and a dedicated patron of the arts, Ms. Love passed away on Nov. 22, 2003, at her home in Key Biscayne, FL, at the age of 100. According to an obituary in The New York Times, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and met her future husband, C. Ruxton Love Jr., in 1926 during a trip to India. Together, they were prolific art collectors and in 1978 they exhibited their collection of Napoleonic art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As reported by the Times, Ms. Love served as president of the American Women's Voluntary Service during World War II. She was a director of the New York Infirmary Hospital and a member of the Committee for Deaf and Dumb Children at Lenox Hill Hospital. In addition, she was a founding member of the Lowe Art Museum of the University of Miami. Pieces from her collection of Georgian silver were exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2002.

Mr. Love, a diplomat and Wall Street financier, died in 1971.

The Allied Artists of America, a national 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, founded in New York in 1914 to further the cause of contemporary American artists. The organization’s offices and exhibition galleries are located at the Salmagundi Club. The Allied Artists’ 2021 exhibition is slated to open to the public on Sept. 2 at the historic Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave. (between West 12th and West 11th streets). Details regarding the exhibition can be found on the organization’s website (www.alliedartistsofamerica.org).