DAM Honors Jim Wallace, Tom Petrie and Henry Roath at Collectors’ Choice 33

The museum’s black-tie fundraiser includes cocktail hour, seated dinner and entertainment

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will celebrate the past, present and future of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art by honoring Jim Wallace, Tom Petrie and Henry Roath at its 33rd annual Collectors’ Choice fundraising gala on December 5, 2013. The glamorous affair is one of the museum’s largest fundraisers. This year’s funds will help support future acquisitions for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art.

“Over the last three decades, these leaders have driven the transformation of the western American art program to its level of international recognition through their significant and generous philanthropic example,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “We are thrilled to honor Jim, Tom and Henry, and recognize the long-lasting legacy they have created.”

Jim Wallace, a museum trustee from 1982 to 1998, founded the Contemporary Realism Group in the early 1990s. The group, which evolved to become the DAM Westerners, has supported the purchase of more than 60 works of art for the Denver Art Museum’s collection. Wallace has also been instrumental in the creation of two important programs. His efforts successfully founded both the planned-giving program known as the Helen Dill Society and the museum’s highest level of individual membership, the First 100 Associates.

In 2007, Tom Petrie, a museum trustee since 1998, committed to endow the department previously known as the Institute of Western American Art. He contributed a lead gift as well as a challenge grant which led to securing the future of the now appropriately titled Petrie Institute of Western American Art. As a result of Petrie’s leadership and commitment, the endowment funds the department’s exhibitions, symposia, and publications annually. Tom and his wife Jane have also generously lent major works from their important collection to the museum throughout the years.

Henry Roath is a major collector of western American art and an active member of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art’s advisory board. Roath’s impressive private collection has a focus on art from the American Southwest, specifically paintings of the Taos Society of Artists. The collection has been on loan to the Denver Art Museum since 2011.

Event co-chairs are Rhonda and Robert Boswell, Sally and Ray Duncan, Louisa and Bob Jornayvaz, Marcia and Dick Robinson, Judi and Joe Wagner and Beth and George Wood. For ticket information, interested parties should contact Gravely Wilson at gwilson@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-2763.