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Press Releases Walker To Host “Avant Garden” In Minneapolis Sculpture Garden September 8

Minneapolis, MN, August 14, 2012—Art and style will infuse the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on September 8 at “Avant Garden,” the Walker Art Center’s annual benefit, with creative design by Todd Pinzuti of Bungalow 6, food by Modern Events by D’Amico, live and silent auctions, and views of the Garden from a tented layout and elevated dance floor.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by an exclusive Minneapolis DJ Summit featuring Paper Tiger, Soviet Panda, Dirty Talk, Mike 2600, and Danny Sigelman.

Tickets to “Avant Garden” are available at two levels. The Gold Key experience ($500) provides admission from 6 to 11 pm, complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and live and silent auctions. The Silver Key experience ($100) provides admission from 8:30 to 11 pm, two complimentary drink tickets, sweets and savories, and a silent auction.

Mark Wheat, on-air personality at 89.3 The Current, will be the evening’s host and will lead the live auction. At the live and silent auctions, guests will be invited to bid on items including: • An original color photograph by acclaimed artist Cindy Sherman • A chance to have your portrait painted by Minnesota artist Frank Gaard • An original work by contemporary painter Sam Reveles • An original photograph by Angela Strassheim • Many additional art items and exclusive experiences

Ticketholders are also invited to the Avant Garden After Party hosted by Le Meridien Chambers and D’Amico Kitchen. The After Party takes place in the Eden Courtyard of Le Meridien Chambers and features a private bar with specialty drink offers and complimentary appetizers. The After Party runs from 11 pm to 2 am.

For more information and for tickets, visit walkerart.org/avantgarden or call 612-375-7600.

The host committee for “Avant Garden” includes co-chairs Lisa Denzer and Monica Nassif, as well as Carol Bemis, Emma Berg, Sally Blanks, Debby Christakos, Trissa Garvis, Leslie Hammons, Karen Heithoff, Amy Kern, Anne Labovitz, Searcy Lillehei, Muffy McMillan, Jori Miller, Calla Nassif, Dean and Karen Phillips, Donna Pohlad, Lindsay Pohlad, Fred Rappaport, Zach Robins, Wim Stocks, Laura Taft, Alyssa Vance, Johnny Whitaker, Angie Wicka, Brian Woolsey, and Sue Zelickson.

Proceeds from the event will support the Walker’s award-winning artistic and educational programming.

Guests enjoying the evening at “Avant Garden” in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden