Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Gala Celebrates Becoming Van Gogh

This fall, The Museum Associates, and other museum patrons and sponsors gathered to celebrate the opening of Becoming Van Gogh, this year’s beacon exhibition. Membership at the Denver Art Museum has many benefits, and members become donors at The Museum Associates levels. This upper level membership offers participants the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the DAM while building a deeper relationship with the museum through special events with curators and access to one-of-a-kind exhibitions like Becoming Van Gogh.

Dressed in their very finest, guests greeted one another upon entering the Frederic C. Hamilton Building as the first to see the world exclusive exhibition. The opening black-tie gala on October 19 hosted more than 800 museum supporters including members of The Museum Associates, Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, exhibition donors, and lenders of some of the 70 artworks from international museums and collections. 

Guests enjoyed French-inspired cuisine designed by award winning chef Kevin Taylor and sipped cocktails from Van Gogh Vodka. After remarks from DAM director Christoph Heinrich, exhibition curators Dr. Timothy Standring and Louis van Tilborgh, Denver mayor Michael Hancock, and Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, the exhibition opened for guests to experience the exhibition praised for its unique viewpoint and comprehensive approach.

Guests at the gala included Ann Reidy, Renée Duncan, Lu and Chris Law, Lisa and Byron Haselden, Len Keating, Cintra Pollack, Tobey Borus, Britta Erickson, Monty Cleworth, Greg Silvus and Mel Miller, Julie and Saul Schwarz, and Hassan and Sheila Salem.

A vibrant art museum can only exist with a robust and active membership base, and The Museum Associates is an amazing way to both support the museum and gain access to all it has to offer. Members of The Museum Associates enjoy benefits like unlimited access for four to the museum’s collections and events that offer first access to the DAM’s many exciting exhibition openings like the Becoming Van Gogh Gala.

Cintra Pollack and Tobey Borus.

Michelle and Tom Whitten.

Steve Perfrement and Donna Bloomer, Emily Perrotto, and Cotton Burden. All images courtesy of Mark Woolcott Photography.

Emily Reaser was manager of The Museum Associates and planned giving in the development department at the Denver Art Museum.