Denver Art Museum Will Honor Governor John Hickenlooper for His Outstanding Service and Leadership at Collectors’ Choice 38

More than two decades of Hickenlooper’s visionary insight and support of arts and culture will be celebrated at the black-tie fundraiser

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will honor Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for his outstanding service and leadership in supporting the arts at its 38th annual Collectors’ Choice gala on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Collectors’ Choice is the museum’s annual fundraising event that attracts distinguished business and community leaders, including trustees and museum patrons. Funds raised at the gala this year will support the museum’s innovative programs.

Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

“We are forever grateful for Governor Hickenlooper’s steadfast service and leadership, and we are delighted to honor him at the 38th annual Collectors’ Choice,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the DAM. “His longstanding commitment to the advancement of arts and culture in Denver—and Colorado—has elevated this city and our museum to be on par with the greatest communities in this country.”

Prior to his political career, Hickenlooper became a member of the DAM board of trustees in 1997, about a decade after he co-founded Wynkoop Brewing Company—the first craft brewery in Denver. He became an honorary trustee of the museum in 2003 when he was elected as mayor of Denver, and continued to make it a priority to regularly attend board meetings at the DAM. As a business owner and as an elected official, Hickenlooper recognized the importance of those championing creativity as a key driver of economic development in a city. Not only was he on the founding board of CultureHaus, the DAM’s young philanthropist organization that inspires and cultivates the next generation of arts patrons, he was also instrumental in the creation of the Biennial of the Americas, an international festival of ideas, art and culture hosted in Denver.

In addition to his continued service and support of the DAM, Governor Hickenlooper has played a key role in fundraising efforts for many other arts and cultural institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA Denver) and the Denver Film Society. In 2004, thanks to Hickenlooper’s entrepreneurial leadership, Denver was selected as the home of a new Clyfford Still Museum and the coveted and extensive collection of the renowned abstract expressionist artist’s works. As a public leader, his avid support of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has made a profound impact on the increase in public access to—and the advancement of—cultural facilities that delight, entertain and educate the people of Colorado in the fields of arts and sciences.

An honorary chair of five previous Collectors’ Choice galas, Governor Hickenlooper continues to provide outstanding leadership in the name of public service, and everlasting commitment to the preservation and advancement of creative resources at the DAM and in the state of Colorado.

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 can contact Lizzie Terry Dolan at or 720-913-0069.

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The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit 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

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