Collectors’ Choice 33 – A Celebration of the West

On December 5, more than 400 guests gathered for Collectors’ Choice 33, the premier gala for the Denver Art Museum. This year’s Collectors’ Choice celebrated the past, present, and future of the DAM’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art by honoring Jim Wallace, Tom Petrie, and Henry Roath.

Over the last three decades, these leaders have driven the transformation of the Western American art program at the Denver Art Museum. They have helped form a national model in programming and scholarship through their significant and generous philanthropic example. We were thrilled to honor these trailblazers of western American art and recognize the long-lasting legacy they have created.

Guests enjoyed cocktails in the El Pomar Grand Atrium of the Hamilton Building before they were called to dine with a dinner bell! Guests were led to Ponti Hall by a fiddle and banjo player with harmonica-playing cowboys along the way, adding a festive touch to the journey to the North Building. Ponti Hall was transformed into a western landscape complete with a setting sky and mountain range. The atmosphere was enlivened by a 20-piece orchestra from Augustana Arts Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra who played memorable westerns tunes from the movies, The Magnificent Seven and Lonesome Dove. Proceeds for Collectors’ Choice will be used for future acquisitions for the Petrie Institute of Western American.

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More than 400 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by award-winning chef Kevin Taylor.

Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld.

Augustana Arts called guests to dine with a performance of Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

A fiddle player and a banjo player led guests from the Hamilton Building to the North Building.

Ponti Hall was transformed into a western landscape complete with a setting sky and mountain range by Design Works and Fast Lane Production.

The table setting perfectly fit the ambience for the evening.

Governor Hickenlooper greeted guests.

Lanny Martin, Henry Roath, Tom Petrie, Jim Wallace, Christoph Heinrich.

Meghan Fleming is development associate in the development department at the Denver Art Museum. Meghan has been at the DAM since 2013 and her favorite exhibition that has been on view here is Nick Cave: Sojourn.