Vincent - The Gala 2016: I dream my paintings and I paint my dreams.


Vincent – The Gala took place on Friday, October 14, 2016 celebrating our exhibition opening of Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth, now open through January 8, 2017.  650 Guests were taken on a journey through the dreams of Vincent Van Gogh experiencing fantastic cocktails, performers from the undergrowth, an elegant dinner, and a live auction under sparkling trees! 

The funds raised through sponsorships, table purchases, ticket sales and auction items help the museum bring the best of the art world to Cincinnati through great special exhibitions and thousands of educational programs. 


Photo Galleries and Press Coverage from Vincent – The Gala

Storify Social Media Recap | CAM Photos | Jenn Prine Photos | WCPO Channel 9 Photos | Awesomatic Photobooth | Movers and Makers | GC Non-profit News e-blast 

What to Wear

Black Tie Midnight Glamour

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Evening Activities

Kick off this night to remember with cocktails and an exclusive first look of special exhibition Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth, then head into our enchanted forest for a seated dinner. Close out the evening with a live auction hosted by Christie’s Auctioneer Steve Zick.

About Steve Zick

Steven Zick is a Vice President and Director for Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Chicago.

Steven Zick

Mr. Zick joined Christie’s in 2004, after six years with the San Francisco-based auctioneer Bonhams & Butterfields. Steven and his colleagues in the Chicago regional office cover a thirteen-state area and work with estate fiduciaries, private collectors, museums and dealers coordinating appraisals and securing property for auctions held in New York, London, Paris and a host of other international sales sites.

Steven is also a charity auctioneer and lectures on art and appraisal-related topics nationwide.

Prior to joining the auction world, Steven was a lawyer with 14 years’ experience, most recently with the Attorney General of Illinois. Specializing in federal habeas corpus and criminal appeals, he practiced in every court, from the circuit courts of Illinois to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Board memberships include the Museum Council of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Costume Council of the Chicago Historical Society, the Irish Georgian Society and the Junior Board of Heartland Alliance. He has served on the Gala and Acquisitions Committees of the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Board of Governors of the English Speaking Union, and is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council.


Voyage Privé: Bon voyage on your daytrip with Norman Rockwell, Mary Cassatt, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol among others! Embark on a priceless daytime sojourn to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art via private jet, with Cincinnati Art Museum’s own Cameron Kitchin. Morning departure from Lunken to Northwest Arkansas for an exclusive tour of the museum’s exceptional permanent collection which spans five centuries of American masterworks. Lunch provided at the neighboring 21c Museum Hotel followed by an intimate tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House and a quick stop to the Thorncrown Chapel, also known as the Chapel in the Woods, designed by architect E. Fay Jones in 1980. 15 seats available. Date: November 8, 2016.

Mesdames et Messieurs! Come to the Cabaret: Gather your troupe of 10 for a bawdy evening of bubbly, boas, and berets. This black tie dinner soirée promises a titillating starry night fit for the most devoted Francophile. To be held at “venue mystère” with your hosts Mady Gordon, Sherie Marek, Marty & Nick Ragland, Dawn & Bob Schiff, and Tony Tiemeyer. Dress: Cravate Noir “to the nines.”

La Soupe et Le Saucisson: This little piggy said “Oui! Oui! Oui!” Seven couples will enjoy an afternoon excursion of rustic elegance learning the art of soup & sausage making. Relax with cocktails while overlooking the tranquil rolling hills of Franklin County. Top off an extraordinary day with a festive dinner sure to entertain you! Transportation provided. Hosted by Amy & Andrew DeWitt, Tracy & Greg Hartmann, Lindsey & Sam Huttenbauer, and Heather & Dick Williams.

Pear-shaped Citrine EarringsSparkle Plenty: Take home your own pièce de résistance!  Exquisitely crafted 35.5-carat cushion and pear-shaped citrine earrings with 1.62 carat marquis white sapphires. Timeless elegance in a true investment piece. Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati and Piranesi, world-renown jeweler to the stars such as Elizabeth Taylor.

Classic Cars and Craft Cocktails: Let's Gogh! Gogh! Gogh! Attention Car Enthusiasts: Get an exclusive tour and explore Jeff Wyler’s private Classic American Car collection. Savor hors d'oeuvres and expertly crafted cocktails with one of the city's top mixologists followed by dinner. Hosted by Susie & Bob Castellini and Linda & Jeff Wyler.

Dîner on the Left Bank: Dine in elegance like a true Parisian looking out over the "Seine!" Eight guests will experience a Michelin-worthy meal prepared by Chef David Cook in the 1852 Greek Revival home of Cincinnati Art Museum Board President Jon Moeller and his wife, Lisa Sauer. Savor the flavors of exquisite French cuisine and enjoy a tour of Jon & Lisa's collection of antique Chinese furniture and Asian art. Bon Appétit!

Evening in Bordeaux: Lend me your ears (both of them)! Indulge in a truly French experience with Chef Jacques and Hostesses Sherie Marek and Marty Ragland at chez Maison du Par-tée. Discover divine wines, truffles, and foie gras—without using your passport! No French required, just taste buds ready for an experience magnifique! Transportation provided. Hosted by John Mocker, Sherie Marek and Marty Ragland.

Lend Us Your Ear: Raise an ear (on the back of your program) to donate a flat amount to the Cincinnati Art Museum. Donations at any level are appreciated!

Vincent – The Gala is generously supported by the following corporate sponsors:


7/79 Productions | Gorilla Glue | Harlan Graphics


Castellini Foundation
Helen and Brian Heekin
The Lindsey Baer Company
Sherie Marek
Marty and Nick Ragland
Western & Southern
Financial Group
Yellow Canary


Clover Hill Farm
EMI Research Solutions
Frost Brown Todd LLC
GE Aviation
Goldsmith Cardel
Amy and Frank Hanson
Hazelfield Farm
Health Carousel
Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Home Care Partners of Cincinnati, Inc.
Terry and Christy Horan and HORAN
Huntington Bank
The Joseph Family
Loth, Inc.
Gabrielle B. Reynolds Foundation
Lisa Sauer and Jon Moeller
Barbara and Bill Weyand

For more information on Corporate Sponsorship, please contact our Corporate Relations Office at [email protected] or (513) 639-2007.


Tracy Hartmann
Lindsey Huttenbauer
Sherie Marek
Marty Ragland


Marsha Ashley
Karrie Crowther
Ceci David
Mady Gordon
Greg Hartmann
Sam Huttenbauer
Ron Joseph Jr.
Ruth Kelly
Maya LaLonde
John Mocker
Kate Nelson
Andrew Quinn
Deb Schaefer
Dawn Schiff
Kristen Sekowski
Heather Vecellio
Barbara Weyand
Heather William

Table Sponsors      
$20,000 Presenting* (10 tickets)
$15,000 Platinum* (10 tickets)
$10,000 Gold* (10 tickets)
$5,000 Silver* (10 tickets)
$3,000 Patron (10 tickets)
$1,750 Friend (10 tickets)

 * For more information regarding these contributions and benefits, please see Corporate Sponsorship section below.


Individual Tickets   
$300 Host/Hostess per person
Friend per person


Vincent – The Gala is currently sold out. For more information or to add yourself to a waitlist, please contact the Events Staff at [email protected] or (513) 639-2962.



Vincent – The Gala is generously supported by the following platinum sponsors:

7/79 Productions | Gorilla Glue | Harlan Graphics