Collectors' Choice

Collectors’ Choice, the Denver Art Museum’s signature black-tie fundraising gala, is an annual celebration of cultural leadership and community impact. From musical surprises and thematic dinners to beloved honorees, the evening always proves to be elegant and inspiring.

Each year, Collectors’ Choice honors leaders in the community whose generosity and commitment to the museum empower its mission. Sincerest thanks to the event chairs, committee members, sponsors, partners and attendees whose loyal support of Collectors’ Choice further elevates this legacy of giving.

For its 40th year, Collectors' Choice will return home to the museum campus after several years off-site, to mark the complete renovation of the Lanny and Sharon Martin Building in Fall 2021 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gio Ponti-designed landmark.

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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.