NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WSJ. Magazine has announced its second annual Innovator of the Year Awards, honoring the most creative, disruptive, and influential individuals in the world today. In conjunction with the November issue, six winners – across categories including Fashion, Architecture, Design, Education, Art and Technology – will be honored at a dinner tonight at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The winners of the 2012 WSJ. Magazine's Innovator of the Year Awards are: The Row, founded by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Fashion); Wang Shu (Architecture); Patrick Kinmonth (Design); Eric Eisner (Education); Theaster Gates (Art); and Jack Dorsey (Technology).
The Innovators of the Year were chosen by editors of WSJ. Magazine with input from a select group of experts in each field. The November issue of WSJ. will hit newsstands on Saturday, October 27, as part of WSJ Weekend. The award being presented to each winner was designed by the 2011 Design winner Joris Laarman.
This year's awards are sponsored by Cartier and Citi.
THE 2012 WSJ. INNOVATORS OF THE YEAR
FASHION: The Row. This unique brand is the brainchild of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, collaborators since they were nine months old. The twin designers display an eye for nearly monastic classicism that's redefining American luxury. Film producer Jane Rosenthal will present the award.
ARCHITECTURE: Wang Shu. The architect's expressive buildings are the work of a creative mind engaging with Chinese history to forge a new vernacular unique to his homeland and appropriate for his time. Curator Paola Antonelli will present the award to Wang Shu.
DESIGN: Patrick Kinmonth. For his unrestricted creativity and multiple talents as a set and costume designer, director, painter, author, decorator and exhibition curator. Presenting the award to Kinmonth will be Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
EDUCATION: Eric Eisner. For his work recruiting, tutoring and mentoring the brightest kids from L.A.'s roughest schools and helping them feel a positive drive toward their futures. Writer Malcolm Gladwell will present Eisner with the award.
ART: Theaster Gates. This art innovator creates cultural spaces that are as altruistic as they are visually stunning. Gates is creating a vibrant cultural center on Chicago's South Side that challenges the world to reconsider the power and meaning of art. Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time, will present the award to Gates.
TECHNOLOGY: Jack Dorsey. As the founder of both Twitter and Square, Dorsey has taken a disarmingly basic concept and used it to revolutionize daily life – twice. Ray Chambers, United Nations Secretary-General's MDG Advocate and Special Envoy for Malaria, will present the award to Dorsey.
The November issue of WSJ., featuring the 2012 Innovators, will be on newsstands Saturday, October 27, and online at WSJMagazine.com.
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