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Avant Garden 2014

The Walker Art Center’s Annual Benefit

Avant Garden sets in motion the Walker Art Center’s 75th anniversary, a “Diamond Jubilee.” Celebrate this milestone with an unforgettable evening of music, gourmet fare, cocktails, and an art auction in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Proceeds from Avant Garden support the Walker’s award-winning artistic and educational programming.


The New Standards will play during the Gold Key program and DJ Sye Young will get the dance floor rolling at the start of the Silver Key.

Avant Garden Auction

The Avant Garden auction includes works by artists Matt Connors, Jim Hodges, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Chris Larson, Paul Lee, Kris Martin, Alec Soth, Aaron Spangler, and Jack Whitten. Contact Rob Sherer, Director of the Annual Fund, for more information at 612.375.7562 or at rob.sherer@walkerart.org. These artworks will be sold to benefit the Walker on Saturday, September 13. Advanced bids will be accepted through Friday, September 12, and you may coordinate absentee bidding with Rob Sherer.


Tickets to Avant Garden are now on sale. Purchase tickets online or by calling 612.375.7641.

Platinum Key

6 pm–12 midnight
($7,033.42 tax deductible)

  • An exclusive experience for 10 guests
  • Reserved cocktail table and bottle service
  • Limited-edition work by artist Chris Larson
  • Reception and tour of Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections with Olga Viso (October 15)
  • All the benefits of Diamond, Gold, and Silver Keyholders

Diamond Key

6 pm–12 midnight
($6,355.02 tax deductible)

  • An exclusive experience for 6 guests
  • Reserved cocktail table and bottle service
  • Reception and tour of Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections with Olga Viso (October 15)
  • All the benefits of Gold and Silver Keyholders

Gold Key

6 pm–12 midnight
($344.60 tax deductible)

  • Live performance: The New Standards
  • Complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and other delectables catered by Modern Events by D’Amico
  • All the benefits of Silver Keyholders

Silver Key

9 pm–12 midnight
($50.00 tax deductible)

  • Amazing views of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden from the garden lounge and dance floor
  • Tunes by DJ Sye Young
  • Late-night sweets and savories
  • Three free drink tickets
  • Opportunity to participate in the art auction

Avant Garden 2014 Committee

  • Amy Kern and Wim Stocks, co-chairs

Platinum, Diamond, Gold, and Silver Ticket Committee

  • Chris and Nataly Askew, Lisa Denzer, Trissa Garvis, Cynthia MacMillan, Jori Miller, Angela Sunberg, Heidi & Johnny Whitaker, Brian Woolsey, and Wayne Zink

Silver Key Host Committee

  • Emma Berg, Melanie Full, Charlie Hornig, and Julia Offenhauser

Marketing Committee

  • Sally Blanks, Michelle Fitzgerald, and Alexis Walsko

Corporate Sponsorship Committee

  • Andrew Humphrey and Terry Rasmussen

Platinum Supporters

Mark Addicks and Tom Hoch
Roger Hale and Nor Hall
Karen and Ken Heithoff
Lakes Area Realty
Le Méridien Chambers / W Minneapolis–The Foshay
Aedie and John McEvoy
Monica and David Nassif
Michael Peterman and David Wilson
The Peyton Family Foundation
Donna and Jim Pohlad
Michelle and Bill Pohlad
Robert and Rebecca Pohlad
Portu-Sunberg and Friends of the Walker
RBC Wealth Management
Elizabeth Redleaf
Brittany and Michael Reger Family Foundation
Wim Stocks
Marge and Irv Weiser
Angus and Margaret Wurtele
Yerigan Construction
Wayne Zink
Lisa and Pat Denzer / Thomas and Angela Wicka

Diamond Supporters

Megan and James Dayton
Martha and John Gabbert
Hubert White
Amy and Mitch Kern
Cynthia and Donald MacMillan
Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire
Andrea and Aaron Switz
Carolyn Taylor


Platinum Key

Gold Key

Silver Key


Lead Entertainment

Gold Key Entertainment

Corporate VIP Lounge


Media partner


The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.