Vernissage 2019

Over 21


Tickets will be available for purchase at MCA's Will Call booth at Navy Pier beginning at 4 pm. Please enter through Entrance 2 and walk up the stairs.

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Vernissage 2018 at Festival Hall
Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography


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 eighth year of the exposition, which presents artwork from over 135 leading galleries around the world.

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


Lori Crosley
Mary Kay Touhy


Ellen B. Wallace

Restaurants for the Patron Party

Thank-you to our participating restaurants for the Patron Party:

Aster Hall
Big Star
Chicago Raw
Eli's Cheesecake
Hannah's Bretzel
Margeaux Brasserie
Nude Dude Food

Thank You to our Generous Partners

Thank You to our Generous Partners


Dr. Anita Blanchard and Martin H. Nesbitt
Susan and Michael Canmann
Elissa Hamid Efroymson and Adnaan Hamid
Lois and Steve Eisen and the Eisen Family Foundation
Marilyn and Larry Fields
Rachel and David I. Grund
Caryn and King Harris
Judelson Family Foundation
Anne L. Kaplan
The Karkomi Family Fund
Susie L. Karkomi and Marvin Leavitt
Kovler Family Foundation
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Christina Ochs
Cari and Michael Sacks
Karyn and Bill Silverstein
Dale Taylor and Angela Lustig Zell Family Foundation


Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand and the Bluhm Family Foundation
Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein
Susan and Michael Canmann
Ellen-Blair Chube
Lori A. Crosley
Sally Metzler Dunea and George Dunea
Richard and Martha Melman Foundation
Patti Prince
Carol Prins and John Hart / The Jessica Fund
Ellen Soren
Mary Kay Touhy
Ellen B. Wallace


Nancy and Steven Crown
Tom and Marcia Fraerman
Ellen and David Goldberg
Stanislav Grezdo and Tracy Miller
Vicki and Bill Hood
Mary E. Ittelson
Lee I. and Dr. Suzanne Miller
Catherine Ross and Chris Liguori
Douglas and Yumi Ross
Cheryl and John Seder
Fanette M. Singer and Charles Freund
Marjorie K. Staples
Irving Stenn Jr. and Judi Male
Kristin and Stan Stevens
Donna A. Stone
Marjorie and Louis Susman
Giuliana Trelles and Pedro Weiss


Michael Alper
John Anthony
Thomas Aries and Shelley Fox
Meta S. Berger
Sandra Berlin
Anup and Priya Bhojwani
James Blinder and Mary Wilson
Suzette Bross and Allan E. Bulley, III
Kira Burge
Gwen Callans and Biff Ruttenberg
Alice Cannon
Melissa Clay . Patricia O. Cox
Dan Dallas
Roxanne J. Decyk and Lew Watts
Andrea and Steven DeMar
Edith F. DeMar
Nicole and Daniel Drexler
Gail M. Elden
Sharon R. Fairly
Gale Fischer
Ashley Floyd and Derrick Manuel
Jack B. Franaszek and Kathleen A. McQueeny
Nancy Lerner Frej and David Frej
Peggy Casey-Friedman and Martin J. Friedman
Tonya and Matt Geesman
Andrea and James Gordon, The Edgewater Funds
Jack and Sandra Guthman
Sandi and Barry Hartstein
Sarai Hoffman and Stephen Pratt
Michelle and Glenn Holland
Caroline and Charles Huebner
Cynthia Hunt and Philip Rudolph . Hayden D. Hunt
Brenda Jacobsen and Steffen Jacobsen
Diane Kahan
Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck
Kasia and Greg Kay
Bert Leveille
Margot Levin
Molly Levitt
Karen and Bradley Lynch
Diana and David Moore
Neisser Family Foundation
Ken Norgan
Amy W. Olswang
Kim Perutz
Emanuele Plaschka and Gerhard Plaschka
Anne Rorimer
Julie and Kenneth Sacks
Stefanie Schenk
Shawn Scott and Neil Hoover
Meredith Segal and Liz Lurd
Judy Share
Melissa Spellman
Rena and Daniel Sternberg
Joel Straus and Nancy Zwick
Sara Szold
Robyn Tavel
Lyndon A. Taylor
The Loewenberg Charitable Foundation, Robin Loewenberg Tebbe and Mark Tebbe
Geri Thomas
Paula and Craig Tobin
Adrienne and Edward Traisman
Dia S. and Edward S. Weil, Jr.
Britt Whitfield and Jacqui Scott

As of September 9, 2019