2022 Award of Distinction Recipient
The Furniture Society is thrilled to announce Ronald D. Abramson as a 2022 recipient of its coveted Award of Distinction. His award was presented at this year’s Virtual Conference FS22: Working Together by 2014 Award of Distinction recipient Bebe Johnson.
Ronald has been a visionary supporter of The Furniture Society and the field.
He served on The Furniture Society’s Board of Trustees and during this time, Ronald was instrumental in the development of our Educational Grants.
Most recently, his support last year allowed us to create “In Their Words: Conversations with Award of Distinction recipients”, celebrating these accomplished and influential individuals and their contributions to the field.
“Although Ronald D. Abramson’s successful Washington, DC law practice seems worlds apart from the world of furniture — his standing in the studio furniture world rests on his early critical support of the then fledgling field: for this reason, he is considered by many as the patron saint of American studio furniture. He bought and commissioned work from a diverse group of makers recognizing that the very absence of a defining aesthetic was, in fact, the definition of this field. Although his philanthropic work has a wide reach and includes serving on multiple boards, he remains to many of us the person who gave us that encouraging pat on the shoulder at a critical time. As public recognition of the studio furniture field began to grow and other collectors began to consider acquiring pieces, sometimes with an eye towards future resale value, Ron Abramson remained true to his core values and continued to buy with an instinctive recognition of good work and with the same generous spirit that has provided support and encouragement to many aspiring artists over the years.” - Bebe Johnson, Gallerist
Ronald D. Abramson focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, real estate finance, real estate lending, tax planning, business and succession planning, as well as estate planning. Ronald serves on Buchanan’s Board of Directors.
Ronald has more than 40 years of experience in working with national and local companies in developing and executing their strategic expansion and exit strategies, structuring their real estate prospects and executing their corporate governance and tax management plans. He also works with prominent clients in developing their estate and succession planning, with a special emphasis on charitable components.
In addition to his law practice, Ronald is prominent in the community. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Symphony Orchestra and a member of the New York University Board of Trustees, where he spearheaded the establishment of the NYU-in-DC campus. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious Corcoran Gallery of Art. He also serves on the Boards of the Washington Airports Task Force, Spoleto Festival USA, where he serves as the Treasurer, the Historic Sixth & I Synagogue, the D.C. Jazz Festival and the D.C. College Access Program. Ronald was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center for several years.
Ronald earned a BA from New York University and JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a proud grandfather and supporter of the arts who enjoys chamber music and jazz concerts in his spare time. Ronald has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2018 in Real Estate Law. He was also named to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list in 2020.
This year’s Award of Distinction Trophy was designed and created by California based woodworker, sculptor, and FS member Fred Rose.
Archway — Blue gum Eucalyptus from LA Arboretum
Base — Black Locust from Rancho Los Cerritos
Chair — Holly
Magnifying glass- Acrylic
Fred Rose grew up along the river in Carmel Valley, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics from California State University, Long Beach and his MFA in sculpture from California State University, Fullerton. Fred has been making wood sculpture for the last 30 years and taught Woodworking at California State University, Long Beach for 7 years. Most of the wood for his work is milled from trees that are being taken down in the urban forests of Long Beach and Costa Mesa, California. He currently works as a Studio Artist at his home in Costa Mesa, CA.
Learn More about Fred and his work here