The pARTy in the Garden

To Benefit Phoenix Art Museum

photos by Darrylee Cohen

Above top: The evening’s festivities began with cocktails in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden. Bottom left: Amada Cruz. Bottom right: More than 600 guests filled Cummings Great Hall.

Phoenix Art Museum’s Gala, The pARTy in the Garden, took place on Saturday, November 3. Beautifully designed and executed by co-chairs Amy Cohn, Ellen Katz, Margot Knight and Meredith von Arentschildt, the event raised more than $1 million dollars for Museum exhibitions and arts education. The revival of the beloved pARTy, an annual Museum gala held from 2007 to 2015 intended to honor the past, present, and future of art and community in the heart of downtown Phoenix, was followed this season by The after pARTy, a late-night, art-gala experience open to the general public. 

Above top, left: Robyn and Richard Milne. Top middle: Billie Jo and Judd Herberger. Top right: Dawn and David Lenhardt. Bottom: left to right: Michael Crow, Ellen Katz, and Stephen Tepper.

With more than 600 guests in attendance, the evening featured an exclusive inside look at contemporary art installations, along with fine food, custom cocktails, dancing under the stars and the gala’s first-ever guest of honor, Arizona State University President Michael Crow.

The pARTy in the Garden and The after pARTy play an essential role in supporting Phoenix Art Museum. Since its inception in 2001, benefit galas in support of the Museum have raised more than $11. 5 million dollars in vital funds supporting exhibitions and arts education programs.

Above top, left: John and Anabel Konwiser. Top right: Mike and Lee Cohn. Bottom: The sophisticated table décor set the tone for the sit-down dinner.

The evening’s festivities began in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, sections of which were transformed into elegantly-lit lounges, creating comfortable areas for guests to relax and chat. Custom cocktails, courtesy of Arizona Distilling Company and Código 1530, were served.

Guests enjoyed an ASU student art exhibition, as well as an exclusive viewing of the recently-opened exhibition Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths, which explores ideas of melancholia, repetition and popular culture and showcases a recent Museum acquisition, Kjartansson’s highly-acclaimed The Visitors (2012). This exhibition will remain on view through April 14. Spoken of as one of the best video installations of the century and named after the final album of the Swedish pop group Abba, the immersive, nine-screen video installation features musicians and singers performing a song written by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Kjartansson’s ex-wife. 

Above top, left: Bill and Mary Way. Top right: left to right: Libby Cohen,Sharron Lewis and Luba Burns. Bottom left: Jordin Harrison and Matt Klassen. Bottom right: Thurston and Perrine Adams.

A seated dinner took place in Cummings Great Hall, featuring remarks honoring the commencement of the Museum’s 60th anniversary season, and honoring Dr. Michael Crow for his influence in a thriving City of Phoenix and Central Corridor. 

Following dinner, guests returned to the Dorrance Sculpture Garden for dessert and the Museum’s new late-night gala experience, The after pARTy, featuring drinks, live music and dancing. Guests enjoyed an exclusive viewing of the exhibition, along with hosted bar, live music inspired by ABBA, and access to one-night-only art installations by local artist Kenaim. 

All proceeds from The pARTy in the Garden and The after pARTy benefit exhibitions and education programs at Phoenix Art Museum, enabling the Museum to open doors to world-class art for the entire community. For more information, visit