HU GOT IT: Anna Hu’s star continues to rise. Three years after opening her own business, followed by a namesake boutique in the Plaza Hotel and a prestigious collaboration with Cindy Sherman (the artist got to keep the one-of-a-kind piece), Hu is scheduled to receive the “Artistic Vision of the Year” award from the China Institute. The ceremony will take place Friday, at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street, to coincide with the Chinese New Year. Hu said she was “shocked” when Leslie McDonald, associate director of development for the institute, came into her shop in November and told her she had been selected, and the first jeweler at that. “I had attended their gala in June when Cai Guo-Qiang [the renowned and somewhat controversial artist who works with gunpowder], who was a mentor of mine, won the Blue Cloud Award,” Hu said. “To be in the same category and recognized as a contemporary artist as a jeweler was a proud moment for me.” Past winners include chef, restaurateur and author Ming Tsai, and Professor Renqiu Yu, associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies program at Purchase College, State University of New York.
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