An Evening with Patti Smith, performance artist and poet

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities
Annual Medal Ceremony
October 15, 2013

2013 Recipient Patti Smith

$35 general admission
$15 University Park students

A seminal American artist, Patti Smith is a poet, a singer, a songwriter, a photographer and memoirist. Emerging in the cultural hotbed of mid-70s New York City, Smith merged poetry and rock in vital new ways. Her 1975 debut album, Horses, is routinely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. In 2010, she won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction for Just Kids, a bestselling memoir about her early days in New York when she met, and made art with, her friend Robert Mapplethorpe.

Patti Smith and her band released eight studio albums on Arista Records from 1975-2002, including Horses, Radio Ethiopia, Easter, Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, and Gung Ho. Her 2007 release, Twelve, a collection of cover songs, was hailed by many as the best of the year. In 2010, Smith received ASCAP's Founders Award for lifetime achievement; in 2011, she was listed amongst the TIME 100 most influential people in the world, as well as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists.

Ms. Smith will accept the IAH Medal for Distinguished Achievement on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm at the Eisenhower Auditorium. She will then perform a solo acoustic set and take questions from the audience.

Call the Eisenhower box office at 1-800-ARTS-TIX or go to for tickets, and come join us for what is sure to be a very memorable evening.

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