The annual Sklar Creative Visionary Award will be presented to Ruth E. Carter, the Academy Award-winning costume designer, on October 22, 2022. The celebration will take place at Hollywood’s historic soundstage, Neuehouse. The event will feature an in-person extended conversation with Carter with a curated selection of her iconic costumes from recent films on display.
Carter’s costumes have been featured in critically acclaimed cinematic experiences including Do the Right Thing, Amistad, Roots, Malcolm X, Selma, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Black Dynamite, Dolemite is My Name, Coming 2 America, and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Carter is a storyteller who harnesses the power of visual communication to share narratives of culture, race and politics. Creating costumes for generation-defining films, she brings vibrancy, nuance, color and texture to each of her culture-shifting characters.
The Marty and Leah Sklar Creative Visionary Award is presented annually by Ryman Arts to an individual of singular creative vision and leadership who has made a distinctive contribution to the creative community: illuminating, inspiring and expanding the impact, relevance and reach of the arts through their work and creative vision. It is named for two visionaries who were co-founders of Ryman Arts. Marty Sklar was the legendary President of Walt Disney Imagineering, leading the creation of the Disney theme parks around the world. Leah Sklar has been active in community and educational initiatives throughout her life, including a key role in the development of Ryman Arts’ mission and program.
Previous Sklar Creative Visionary Award honorees include President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, and Academy Award winning Animation Creator and Director, Hayao Miyazaki.
All proceeds from the evening will support Ryman Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that transforms lives by creating access and opportunity for a diverse community of young artists through rigorous education in fundamental art skills and mentoring — all at no cost to its students. Now in its 32nd year, Ryman Arts has served over 38,000 teens from 190 communities across Southern California, providing high-quality arts education, college and career guidance, and a pathway for a successful future.