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Vernissage 2019


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.


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:

  • 20E
  • Aster Hall
  • Big Star
  • Chicago Raw
  • Eli’s Cheesecake
  • Hannah’s Bretzel
  • Margeaux Brasserie
  • Marisol
  • Nude Dude Food
  • Pescadero


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