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2015 Research in Action Awards

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2015 Research in Action Awards Honoree Jim Eigo's Acceptance Speech

TAG's annual Research in Action Awards (RIAA) event honors activists, scientists, philanthropists, and creative artists who have made extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS. Resources raised at RIAA provide vital support for TAG’s programs throughout the year and enable us to honor champions in the fight to end AIDS.

Co-Chairs
Dick Dadey, Executive Director, Citizens Union
Peter Staley, Activist and Founding Director of Treatment Action Group

Honorary Chairs
New York State Senator Brad Hoylman
Judith Light, Award-Winning Actress and Advocate

Host
Jenna Wolfe, Lifestyle and Fitness Expert


Honorees

Matt Bomer, Award-Winning Actor, and Simon Halls, Founder of Slate Public Relations
Presented by Ellen Barkin, Award-Winning Actress

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
Presented by Dr. Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health

Jim Eigo, Noted AIDS Activist and Writer
Presented by Stephen Spinella, Award-Winning Actor and AIDS Activist

Dr. Jack Whitescarver, Recently Retired Head of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health
Presented by Gregg Gonsalves, Co-Director of the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership


Host Committee

CHRISTINE, BENJAMIN, + DARIUS ANAGNOS

JIM AQUINO

FRANK BUA + SCOTT CARROLL

SCOTT P. CAMPBELL

NICK DEBS

JOY EPISALLA + CARRIE YAMAOKA

RUTH FINKELSTEIN + BC CRAIG

KEVIN GOETZ

TRIP GULICK + TOM BECKETT

MARK HARRINGTON

BARBARA HUGHES + ANDREA BENZACAR

MICHAEL T. ISBELL

ROBERT W. LENNON

RICHARD LYNN + JOSEPH EVALL

ALBY P. MACCARONE JR.

ROBERT MONTELEONE

SCOTT W. MORGAN + FRED HERSCH

LAURA MORRISON

SALLY MORRISON

JASON OSHER + RICHARD SCHUBEL

BRUCE PACHTER

FRANK + LINWOOD POTTER-GAINEY

DAVID SIGAL + NEW YORK STATE SENATOR

BRAD HOYLMAN

SUE SIMON

MONTE STEINMAN

DOUG WINGO + TIM LEGG

 


Sneak peek at select items from our silent auction


TAG limited art edition by Artist Joy Episalla

Joy Episalla
Celestial Bodies (40° 44' N x 73° 59' W), 1
2015
Photogram silver gelatin print
on llford fiber-based classic matte +
wood frame
Print: 14 x 11 inches
Framed: 18 x 15 inches
Unique multiple of 20
Courtesy of the artist

Celestial Bodies (40° 44' N x 73° 59' W) is a multiple of 20 silver gelatin photograms generously donated by the artist Joy Episalla to TAG on the occasion of its 2015 Research in Action Awards. Each of the 20 photograms is unique. The title of the multiple, Celestial Bodies (40° 44' N x 73° 59' W), is derived from several references: 1. the cohesive astronomical structures bound together by gravity (and sometimes by electromagnetism), such as asteroids, moons, planets, and stars; 2. the friends and loved ones we have lost to AIDS; and 3. the latitude and longitude of TAG's headquarters in New York City.

Joy Episalla is a multidisciplinary New York–based artist. Episalla has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe since the 1980s. Her recent solo exhibition, Street View Rear Window, at Participant Inc in New York City, garnered much critical acclaim. David Ebony wrote, “the set-up seems simple, but the perceptual workout Episalla offers is formidable.” Writing of the show in Photograph magazine, Carlo McCormick said, "in ways at once poetic and process-driven, Episalla is most interested in creating open-ended situations that engage the viewer in the question of how we see or read things." Episalla is a founding member of the lesbian art collective fierce pussy. A longtime AIDS activist, Episalla has been a part of TAG for over 20 years and a board member since 2006. Joy Episalla's work will be featured in Greater New York at MoMA PS1 from October 2015 through March 2016.


Sponsorships

CHAMPION
AMFAR, THE FOUNDATION FOR AIDS RESEARCH
NICK DEBS/THE DEBS FOUNDATION
GILEAD SCIENCES

SCIENTIST
BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS
DAVID CORKERY
BARBARA HUGHES + ANDREA BENZACAR
JANSSEN THERAPEUTICS
RICHARD LYNN + JOSEPH EVALL
ALBY P. MACCARONE JR.
ROBERT MONTELEONE
SCREEN ENGINE LLC/KEVIN GOETZ
DAVID SIGAL + NEW YORK STATE SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN/SIGAL FAMILY FOUNDATION

RESEARCHER
DR. AMR ABDELAZIZ + JOHN CALCAGNO
AMIDA CARE/DOUG WIRTH, PRESIDENT/CEO
CELESTE COOPER
GMHC | GAY MEN’S HEALTH CRISIS
ROBERT W. LENNON
ORASURE TECHNOLOGIES
JASON OSHER + RICHARD SCHUBEL
BRUCE SCHACKMAN + ED SIKOV

ADVOCATE
JIM AQUINO
JUDITH D. AUERBACH
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
FRANK BUA + SCOTT CARROLL
SCOTT P. CAMPBELL
CHRISTIE’S
EDWARD J. DAVIS + THOMAS D. PHILLIPS
JOHN F. DUANE
MARIO EGOZI + DIEGO BINETTI
RUTH FINKELSTEIN + BC CRAIG
DENNIS GARLAND
TRIP GULICK + TOM BECKETT
KAREN + STEVE HIRDT
JENNY HOLZER
MIRLA + GEORGE MORRISON
LINDA + STUART NELSON
GEORGE SHEER + MATTHEW WARNECKE
MONTE STEINMAN
JOHN VOELCKER

FRIEND
BOB BRONZO
ELI + JALILE BATTAH CAMHI
KENNETH FORNATARO
MARK HARRINGTON
LISA HARVEY
HOUSING WORKS/CHARLES KING + ANDREW GREENE
CHARLES LAVEN
JOSEPH MCCONNELL + ERIK HAAGENSEN
SCOTT W. MORGAN + FRED HERSCH
LAURA MORRISON
BRUCE PACHTER
PROJECT INFORM
JAMES SAAKVITNE
JANE SILVER
SUE SIMON
ACHILLES STACHTIARIS JR., MD
KEITH TOBIN, MD
DOUG WINGO + TIM LEGG

PLATINUM IN-KIND
BANGZ HAIR SALON
THE WATSON