About the Blue Cloud Gala:

The Great Poets of Antiquity in China praised those who inspired and achieved great heights as “soaring amid blue clouds”. In 1984, China Institute’s then-President Wan-go Weng created an award, “Qingyun” or “Blue Cloud”, the traditional Chinese symbol of high virtue and status, to be given to individuals whose exceptional achievements contribute significantly to U.S.-China friendship and understanding. Ever since, China Institute bestows its Blue Cloud Award to notable figures who share our mission and values.

This year, we are proud to honor Liu Dan, John S. Long, Howard P. Milstein, and Dame Jillian Sackler, whose diverse and extraordinary accomplishments reflect the mission and work of China Institute to provide U.S. and global audiences a deeper, more nuanced understanding of China and the tools to navigate this changing landscape.


Honoree Bios:

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Liu Dan (劉丹)
Born in Nanjing, China in 1953, Liu Dan currently works and resides in Beijing. He lived in the United States between the early 1980s and 2005 before returning to China. Liu Dan is among the most original and significant living artists in China. While working with the triad of ink, paper, and brush – the one constant in an otherwise highly diversified tradition for Chinese ink paintings in the past centuries – Liu Dan has pioneered an idiosyncratic idiom in the contemporary practice of ink that redefines the boundaries of the convention. Public collections with his works include The British Museum, London; Musée Guimet, Paris; Andrew Mellon Foundation, New York; The Arthur M. Sackler Museum of the Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis and so forth. Recent museum exhibitions include Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2017); Ink Unbound: Paintings by Liu Dan (Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, 2016); Liu Dan: New Landscapes and Old Masters (Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology, Oxford, 2016).

 

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John S. Long (梁仕源)
John S. Long is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highridge Partners. Mr. Long is recognized for developing a multi-disciplinary analytical approach, an interactive management style, and an ability to anticipate market movements to create opportunistic real estate investment strategies. Mr. Long has been noted for his immense support and involvement in the academic and civic community over the years. Mr. Long and his family foundation have established the UCI Long Institute, which focuses on bridging common understanding between US and China in the areas of business, law and society. Mr. Long is the Founding Chairman of the UCLA Real Estate Center as well as a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors and the UCLA Anderson School’s Board of Advisors. Mr. Long also serves on the Advisory Board of the Asia Society of Southern California.

 

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Howard Milstein (米皓文)
Howard P. Milstein leads a family that has been prominent in business and philanthropy for four generations. He is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank (the country’s largest privately owned, family-run bank). He also chairs and operates the Milstein family’s real estate companies, including Milstein Properties, Milford Management and various Milstein Brothers entities. Howard is founding Chairman of the merchant bank FriedbergMilstein. Among his international business ventures, he is Executive Chairman of the Nicklaus Companies, which operates worldwide and has designed 50 golf courses in China. He has partnered with the Lu family to bring his unique wealth management model to China. In 2011, he created the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation (MMAAPF) to contribute to world health and harmony by developing mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and China, as well as greater Asia. More recently, he joined the Board of the National Committee of U.S. China Relations.

 

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Dame Jillian Sackler (吉琳.賽克勒)
Jillian Sackler, through her philanthropy, is building cultural bridges between peoples around the world. With her husband, Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, they donated research centers, health centers, and art institutions that have greatly contributed to our society. As president and CEO of the Dame Jillian & Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for the Arts, Sciences & Humanities, she founded the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the Sackler Wing of Galleries at the Royal Academy in London and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University in Beijing, China. She is a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts, Friends of Mexican Development Foundation, American Film Institute, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and is also the first female chairman of the Foreign Policy Association.


Joining Us at the Blue Cloud Gala:

DRAGON TABLE $88,000 ($84,040 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

• Invitation to a pre-Gala private dinner
• Private tour for twenty of the China Institute Gallery exhibition Art of The Mountain, closing February 17, 2019
• Table of twelve in premier location
• Complimentary full page ad in the printed program and projected on screen during the Gala
• Special recognition from the podium
• Gala committee listing in the Gala program

PHOENIX TABLE $50,000 ($46,700 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

• Invitation to a pre-Gala private dinner
• Private tour for eight of the China Institute Gallery exhibition Art of The Mountain, closing February 17, 2019
• Table of ten in premier location
• Complimentary full page ad in the printed program and projected on screen during the Gala
• Special recognition from the podium
• Gala committee listing in the Gala program

UNICORN TABLE $25,000 ($21,700 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

• Table of ten in prime location
• Complimentary half page ad in the printed program
• Gala committee listing in the Gala program

TORTOISE TABLE $15,000 (Limited Availability) ($11,700 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

• Table of ten
• Gala committee listing in the Gala program

BAT INDIVIDUAL TICKET$ 2,000 (Limited Availability) ($1,670 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

DOG INDIVIDUAL TICKET $1,000 (Young Professional Leader members ONLY) ($670 TAX DEDUCTIBLE)

To purchase Dog individual tickets, please contact [email protected] or call 212.744.8181 Ext. 158


Place an Ad in our Gala Program:

PROGRAM AD (4 color; Full page vertical = 5 ½” x 8 ½”; Half page horizontal = 5 ½” x 4 ¼”; bleed is 1/8” on all sides)

• INSIDE FRONT COVER ($4,000) • INSIDE BACK COVER ($3,000) • OUTSIDE BACK COVER ($5,000) • FULL PAGE ($2,000) • HALF PAGE ($1,000)


On behalf of all of us at China Institute, thank you in advance for your participation.
We look forward to sharing a spectacular Gala evening with you and fellow esteemed guests!