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Vernissage 2023

April 13, 20235:00 pm - 7:00 pm

An overhead view of a crowd of people in a large, warehouse-type space.

Vernissage 2018 at Festival Hall. Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography.

About the Event

The Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago invites you to attend Vernissage, the opening night benefit of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. The MCA is proud to participate in the 10th year of the exposition, which presents artwork from more than 135 leading galleries from around the world.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the MCA’s learning department’s mission, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings, as well as the world of contemporary art and culture.

Vernissage Cochairs

Ashley Floyd
Robyn Tavel

Women’s Board President

Rachel Grund


Individual Sponsors:


Lisa Duarte
Lois and Steven Eisen and the Eisen Family Foundation
Jeanne Ettelson
Marilyn and Larry Fields
Kenneth C. Griffin
Rachel and David Grund
Caryn and King Harris
Anne L. Kaplan
Susie Karkomi and Marvin Leavitt
Kovler Family Foundation
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Christina Ochs
Anne Nelson Reyes
Cari and Michael Sacks
Karyn and Bill Silverstein
Helen and Sam Zell



James F. Blinder
Meta Berger
Nancy and Steven Crown
Catherine and C. Bryan Daniels
Roxanne J. Decyk and Lew Watts
Elizabeth and Gary Feinerman
Dr. Julius Few
Marcia and Tom Fraerman
Helyn Goldenberg and Michael Alper
Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel Jr.
Cynthia Hunt and Philip Rudolph
Lisa M. Kinzelberg
Judi Male
Susan and David Mendelsohn
Elizabeth and Russell Mollen
Nadia Murad
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Darcee and James Rabinowitz
Eve Rogers
Cathy Ross and Chris Liguori
Douglas and Yumi Ross
Susan M. Ruder
Patrick G. Ryan and Shirley Ann Ryan
Marjorie K. Staples
Marjorie and Louis Susman
Robyn Tavel
Robin Loewenberg Tebbe and Mark Tebbe
Steven J. Zick


Jamerson & Bauwens Electric
The Bluhm Family
Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein
Suzette Bross and Allan E. Bulley III
Jennifer and Alex Brown
Ellen-Blair Chube
Andrea and Steven DeMar
Jack and Sandra Guthman
Julie and William W. Hobert
Daniel J. Hyman, Millennium Properties
Schuyler and Jon Levin
Lyon Family Foundation
Ashley Hemphill Netzky and Pamela Netzky
Carol Prins and John Hart
Cheryl and John Seder
Rebekah and Ilan Shalit
Natasha and Rohit Vuppuluri
Ellen Wallace and Steven Gould



Lorin Adolph
Mica Alexis
Janet Murphy Anixter and Steven Anixter
Ilene April
Thomas Aries and Shelley Fox
Raissa Bailey
Christine and John Bakalar
Elise and Peter J. Barack
Lucinda Barnes
Tammi Bedolla
Minglei Blumenthal
Susan Brunstrum
Matthew and Rada Burdeen
Lori A. Crosley
Dan Dallas
Kelly Drew-Townsel
Daniel Dubay Inc.
Sharon R. Fairley
Linda Schottenstein Fisher
Kimberly Flanagan
Ashley Floyd
Lori and Bruce Fogelson
Robin Gallardi
Nancy Lerner Frej and David Frej
Tonya and Matt Geesman
Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds
Christie Hefner
Jeri Netter Henoch
Hannah Higgins and Joe Reinstein
Katie and Billy Hutchens
Susan and Steven Insoft
Margaret Izzo
Courtney Johnson and Kevin Brown
Diane Kahan
Jay Frederick Krehbiel and Silvia Beltrametti
Laura Lester
Dan and Vida Marks
Kelly McHenry
Kathleen McQueeny and Jack B. Franaszek
Elaine Mellis
Lori and Mark Muller
Marisa Murillo
Laura Murphy
Aimee S. Olson
Jamie Pasquale
Bryan L. Perry, ESQ.
Stephanie Poulakidas
Alyssa Quinlan
Gail Glende Rost
Catheryn Rotstein
Barbara and Ted Rouse
Biff Ruttenberg Foundation
Meredith Segal
Kelly Selogie
John-Pierre D. Singh
Mrs. Dusty Stemer
Rena and Daniel Sternberg
Kristin and Stan Stevens
Bobette Takiff
Paula and Craig Tobin
Mary Kay Touhy
Dana Shepard Treister and Dr. Michael Roy Treister
Shelley Turk
Jen VanKlompenberg
Stacie Wainer
Dia Weil
Lisa and Rich Yae

As of March 17, 2023

Premier Sponsor:

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Corporate Sponsors:

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