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The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia is proud to honor Alfred P. West, Jr., Chairman and CEO of SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC), and his daughter, Paige West, Curator, The West Collection, at the 29th Annual Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration.
On May 13, 2014, Al and Paige will receive the G. Fred Dibona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award. The Individual Leadership Award honors those who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the arts, culture or creative sectors. The Wests have established a longstanding relationship with local artists and cultural organizations within the Greater Philadelphia region.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the Arts & Business Council,” said Alfred P. West, Jr. “The artists in the West Collection are pushing
the limits of their field, just as SEI strives to do in the wealth management space. It was clear to Paige and I that art was going to an important element of SEI’s culture. SEI and the West Collection are committed to creativity and innovation. We are proud to support the arts by bringing emerging artists and their work to the Philadelphia public.”
As a creator and champion of innovative solutions, SEI has a long and rich history of supporting both art and artists. Developed in the 1990s by the Wests, the West Collection of emerging art is featured at SEI’s offices around the world and can be seen at various art institutes across the United States. The Collection features 3,200 works by 700 artists. The goal of the West Collection is to acquire pieces by young artists who are creating challenging and inventive work, and to present it to the public in a unique way. SEI’s global offices are home to the constantly rotating collection, creating the concept of workspace-as-art gallery to further the company’s culture of creativity, curiosity, intellect, and critical thinking.
The West’s support of the region’s arts scene stretches beyond their private collection. SEI recently partnered with the Kimmel Center to create the SEI Innovation Studio, a 200-seat venue that showcases performance, art, and theater residencies. SEI, the West Collection and the Wests have also been involved with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, The University of the Arts and the Fleisher Art Memorial.
The West’s will receive the G. Fred Dibona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross and named for their late President & CEO, on the evening of May 13 at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
About the Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration
The 29TH annual Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration honors exceptional volunteers from Arts & Business Council programs, leadership and innovation within the arts and cultural community, distinction in the for-profit creative sector, and unique partnerships formed between the business and arts communities. The Awards Celebration includes an evening gala event with a formal awards ceremony followed by a cocktail and networking reception. This inspiring event convenes the region’s business, legal, technology and creative communities for an evening of shared celebration. For more information, please visit www.artsandbusinessphila.org/awards