Hennessy and the Pratt Institute brought together some of the most revered personalities from the contemporary art world to Los Angeles’ Pucci Gallery Friday (July 11) to discuss the state of art in America.

Recent Hennessy V.S collaborators, Shepard Fairey and Futura, were on hand to answer questions regarding the culture and discuss the importance art holds as a honest reflection of cultural consciousness. Sean Moriarty (Saatchi Art), Derrick Adams and moderator Stephen Nelson (UCLA, Arts + African American History) were also on the panel, where each eloquently discussed the intricacies of art, expression and the importance of supporting institutions.

The evening also celebrated Fairey’s newly released Limited Edition “Artist Bottle Series” and the 2014 collaboration with Pratt Institute.