80th Birthday Gala

Friday, November 22

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell
Chicago, IL 60615

5:30PM Cocktails
7PM Dinner
8:30PM After Party

Music & Dancing
Artist Interventions
Late-Night Snacks
Complimentary Valet
Dress: Creative Cocktail


Denise & Gary Gardner

Kate Groninger & Molly Meyer

Julie & John Guida

Each year, Hyde Park Art Center hosts a celebration for our unique institution and the individuals who make it all possible. The Art Center plays a distinctive role in the arts landscape, supporting contemporary artists throughout their careers at every age and stage, while promoting high standards of arts investment and access in Chicago. From teaching artists working with our city’s youth and adults to the exhibitions that ignite a fire within us all, we invite you to celebrate, connect, and amplify the work we do and the world we want to live in.


Host Committee Sponsorship Opportunities:

Presenting Sponsor: $40,000 – 2 tables of 10
Lead Sponsor: $25,000 – table of 10
Grand Benefactor: $15,000 – table of 10
Benefactor: $10,000 – table of 10
80th Birthday Supporter: $8,000 – table of 10
Sustainer: $5,000 – 4 tickets
Patron: $2,500 – 2 tickets

Individual Tickets: $800

After Party Tickets (8:30pm-midnight):
$60 early bird before through November 4
$80 regular (for our birthday!)

View the list of benefits for each sponsorship level here.

Purchase tickets for Hyde Park Art Center’s 80th Birthday Gala here.

Make a donation online in support of the Hyde Park Art Center’s 80th Birthday Gala here.

Purchase tickets for the gala After Party only (8:30pm-midnight) here.

To discuss customized sponsorship packages for both individuals and businesses, or for more information about the Host Committee, sponsorship, and tickets, please contact Maria Nelson at mnelson@hydeparkart.org or 773-324-5520 x1014.


Dawoud Bey
Sanford Biggers
Sara Black
Juan Angel Chavez
Jim Duignan
Conrad Freiburg
Theaster Gates
Susan Giles
Michelle Grabner
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
Barbara Kasten
Anna Kunz
Faheem Majeed
Gladys Nilsson
Jim Nutt

Jefferson Pinder
Pooja Pittie
John Preus
Karen Reimer
Suellen Rocca
Dorian Sylvain
Lan Tuazon
Rhonda Wheatley
Amanda Williams
Julian Williams
Anne Wilson
Folayemi Wilson
Rodrigo Lara Zendejas


Allstate Insurance Company
Ariel Investments
Dawoud Bey
Andrea Bucsi & Russ Baer
Pam Conant
Conant Family
Cresset Wealth Advisors
Cunningham Family
Denise & Gary Gardner
Sarah & John Garvey
GCM Grosvenor
Helyn Goldenberg & Michael Alper
Dedrea & Paul Gray
Elisabeth & Jim Groninger
Kate Groninger & Molly Meyer
Julie & John Guida, The Guida Family Foundation
Jack & Sandra Guthman
Cynthia Heusing & David Kistenbroker
Bette Cerf Hill & Bruce Sagan
Irving Harris Foundation
Janis Kanter & Tom McCormick, Kanter Family Foundation
Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, President & CEO, Columbia College Chicago

Lisa & Bill Landes
Jill & Michael Lowe
Sonya Malunda & Dr. E. Charles Lampley
Anna & Paul Marks
Walter & Shirley Massey
Eric & Cheryl McKissack
Gayle & Bob Meyer
The Moller Family Foundation
Kate Morrison
Sundeep Mullangi & Trissa Babrowski
Nield-Moles Group, Merrill Private Wealth
Northern Trust
Sandra & Michael Perlow
PPM America / Jackson National Life Insurance
Margot & Thomas Pritzker
The Smart Museum of Art
Robert & Kathy Sullivan
Kim & Jim Taylor
Elissa Tenny, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ken & Pam Tracey
University of Chicago
Richard Wright & Valerie Carberry


Lead Sponsors:

Benefactor Sponsors:


80th Birthday Sponsors:


Sustainer Sponsors:


Patron Sponsors:



Beverage Sponsors:



Rachel Conant
Erika Dudley
Nika Levando
Angela Williams Walker
Mark Yee

See past Galas!

Photography featured on this page from previous galas by Adrian S. Burrows, Sr., Claire Demos, and Joel Wintermantle

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