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Patron and Fundraising Events

Beacon Gala

The annual gala celebrating the fall “beacon” exhibition is a hallmark event for museum patrons. The invitation-only party offers attendees an exclusive preview of the highly anticipated exhibition in the company of curators, lenders and sponsors, and fellow supporters. The setting of the museum after-hours, transformed by thematic entertainment and décor, is made all the more memorable with festive hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

This year’s Opening Gala is inspired by the rich details and captivating stories of Saints, Sinners, Lovers, and Fools: 300 Years of Flemish Masterworks. Patrons will receive invitations with full details by mail and email.

For more information on the benefits of upper-level membership, including beacon gala access, please visit our Beyond Membership page or contact Janine Jackson at

Collectors' Choice

Collectors’ Choice is the Denver Art Museum’s signature black-tie fundraising gala. Museum patrons and community leaders gather each autumn for this glamorous occasion.

The gala marks its 40th year on Friday, November 18, 2022. Tickets are now available. Funds raised will benefit modern and contemporary Latin American art acquisitions.


Uncorked is the Denver Art Museum’s spring fundraiser celebrating art, wine, and community. This festive evening is beloved for its inspired food and drink pairings and lively entertainment indoors and out. A brilliant multi-course dinner, set in the Sturm Grand Pavilion as the sun sets, is the hallmark of the event, and a truly unique silent auction filled with collectible wines, extraordinary opportunities, and exclusive artwork rounds out the program.

The date for Uncorked 2023 will be announced in January. Please contact Violet Mantell at with inquiries regarding sponsorships, committee involvement or auction donations.

Luncheon By Design

For years, Luncheon by Design has served as the not-to-be-missed fundraising event drawing Denver’s design community, lovers of architecture and fashion, and supporters of the Architecture & Design department for an exclusive presentation featuring renowned authors, scholars and designers. Past speakers have included Gregory Bishop, director of Cartier Tradition; renowned interior designer Eric Cohler; and the museum’s own Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion.

Luncheon by Design returned to the museum in 2022 with Ojibwe author and Vogue fashion & style writer Christian Allaire (pictured) in an inspiring presentation on Indigenous designers making waves in the fashion world. Proceeds benefited the Native Arts department’s acquisitions fund.

The date for Luncheon by Design 2023 will be announced shortly. Please contact Violet Mantell at with inquiries regarding sponsorship or committee involvement.