Denver Art Museum Honors J. Landis and Sharon Martin for their Outstanding Leadership at Collectors’ Choice 36

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

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will honor J. Landis (Lanny) and Sharon Martin for their exceptional leadership and generous contributions at its 36th annual Collectors’ Choice gala on Dec. 8, 2016. Collectors’ Choice attracts over 400 guests including trustees and major museum patrons, along with distinguished business and community leaders. This year’s funds will support the museum’s programs.

“The Martins have been instrumental in guiding the vision of the museum, and we are delighted to honor them,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the DAM. “Their longstanding commitment to major programs, special exhibitions and important collection acquisitions, as well as their support of the endowment and capital improvements to the museum campus has elevated the museum to new heights.”

Martin joined the museum’s Board of Trustees in 1994. In 2007, he was appointed to the role of Vice Chair and then was named Co-Chair with Frederic C. Hamilton in 2011. In 2013, Martin took the helm of the Board of Trustees as Chairman. In recognition of contributions made by the Martins to the Frederic C. Hamilton Building Capital Campaign, one of the museum’s primary exhibition galleries is named in their honor, as is the plaza between the Hamilton Building and the Museum Residences.

For decades, the Martins have demonstrated their commitment to the mission of the museum’s multi-year exhibitions and programming fund, the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign. The Martins also generously participate in the museum’s fundraising events and graciously host museum events throughout the year.

The Collectors’ Choice 36 event chairs are Fred and Jana Bartlit, Chris and Joy Dinsdale and William Matthews and Laura Barton. The honorary chairs are Fred and Jane Hamilton and Governor John W. Hickenlooper and First Lady Robin Pringle Hickenlooper. Gala tables start at $10,000 and pairs of seats start at $2,500. There has already been great interest in this event and capacity is limited; interested parties should contact Gravely Wilson at or 720-913-0034.

The Denver Art Museum is an educational, non-profit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Metro citizens support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. For museum information, call 720-865-5000 or visit

Image: J. Landis (Lanny) and Sharon Martin. Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.