Collectors' Choice

Collectors’ Choice, the Denver Art Museum’s signature black-tie fundraising gala, is an annual celebration of cultural leadership and community impact. Each year, Collectors’ Choice honors leaders in the community whose generosity and commitment to the museum empower its mission. From musical surprises and thematic dinners to beloved honorees, the evening always proves to be elegant and inspiring. Sincerest thanks to the event chairs, committee members, sponsors, partners and attendees whose loyal support of Collectors’ Choice further elevates this legacy of giving.
Golden, wavy, textured linen textile

Olga de Amaral, Notas 2 (detail), 2005. Woven linen and cotton with applied gesso, gold leaf, acrylic paint, and parchment. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: Gift from the Volunteer Endowment Acquisition Fund in honor of Imelda DeGraw, 2008.

Collectors' Choice 41

Join us on Thursday, November 30, 2023, for Collectors’ Choice 41—a dazzling evening celebrating the artistry and impact of textile arts and fashion at the Denver Art Museum. The event will recognize the transformational support of this year’s honorees, the Avenir Foundation and Joy and Chris Dinsdale, and the impact of textile art and fashion across the museum, within our Denver community, and on the global stage.

Collage of four Latin American artworks

Image credits, from left to right: Leonora Carrington, De la Hierba Santa, 1975. Oil paint and tempura paint on canvas; 50 × 37 ¾ inches. Collection of John and Sandy Fox. Unknown artist, Azuero Peninsula, Central Panama. Breastplate with Supernatural Crocodile, about 400–1000 CE. Gold alloy; 5¼ in. dia. Denver Art Museum Collection: Department acquisition funds, 1965.196. Roberto Gil de Montes, The new calendar, 2014. Oil paint on linen; 55 ¼ x 57 ¼ inches. Funds from the Contemporary Collectors’ Circle with additional support from Craig Ponzio; John & Sandy Fox; A. Barry & Arlene Hirschfeld; Baryn, Daniel, and Jonathan Futa; Bryon Adinoff & Trish Holland; Ellen & Morris Susman; and Margaret & Glen Wood. Unknown artist, Virgin of the Victory of Málaga (Nuestra Señora de la Victoria de Málaga), late 1600s or 1700s. Oil paint and gold leaf on canvas; 59 × 43¾ in. Gift of John C. Freyer for the Frank Barrows Freyer Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 1969.345.

Collectors' Choice 40

The Denver Art Museum’s signature gala marked its 40th year on Friday, November 18, 2022 in honor of John & Sandy Fox, Craig Ponzio, and Clara Ricciardi for their transformational contributions to the Latin American art department. Funds raised benefitted modern and contemporary Latin American art acquisitions.

Collectors’ Choice 39 (2019): Jana and Fred Bartlit

Funds were raised to benefit the museum’s Education Endowment, in honor of the Bartlits’ generous underwriting of the future Learning & Engagement Center. The evening program looked ahead to a bright future for creativity and community at the museum, which was underscored by attendees’ support of innovative programming across an expanded campus.

Collectors’ Choice 38 (2018): Governor John Hickenlooper

In recognition of the Governor’s steadfast support of Colorado’s arts community, Collectors’ Choice 38 raised funds for the museum’s world-class exhibitions and innovative programs. From performances by the Montbello Drumline to the New Hope Baptist Choir and the Avett Brothers, the evening was an uplifting and inspiring celebration of creativity and culture.

Collectors’ Choice 37 (2017): Anna and John J. Sie

This special evening celebrated the Sies’ outstanding leadership and generous contributions to the Denver Art Museum—in particular, their support of the future Welcome Center. Funds raised at Collectors’ Choice 37 benefited Vision 2021, the project and campaign to renovate the North Building and expand the museum campus.

Collectors’ Choice 36 (2016): Sharon and Lanny Martin

The Martins’ extraordinary leadership and support over two decades has elevated the Denver Art Museum to new heights. The festive and heartfelt gala raised funds for the Vision 2021 capital campaign, of which the Martins have been an instrumental part.

Collectors’ Choice 35 (2015): Jan Mayer

For more than four decades, Jan Mayer has been a steadfast patron and friend of the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by the incomparable gifts of art by Jan and her late husband Frederick (notably their renowned Spanish Colonial collection) as well as generous support of parallel scholarly initiatives and curatorial positions, the event raised funds for the galleries of the New World Department.