The Society mourns the passing of longtime friend and member Tony Bennett. Tony was a friend and fan of the illustration community and was introduced to the Society through Everett Raymond Kinstler (Kinstler would later go on to paint Bennett’s portrait that is now part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC).
Tony’s support and love in the arts was continued through his creation of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a high school located in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. Tony and his wife, Susan Benedetto, also founded the nonprofit EXPLORING THE ARTS (ETA) which helps run programs and provide support for the Frank Sinatra School. The Society is proud to be a participating partner in this important program and will continue his legacy through our mission.