Avant Garden 2019
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Avant Garden 2019

Walker's Avant Garden, 2018. Photo: Carina Lofgren for Walker Art Center.

Our annual benefit, Avant Garden, supports the Walker Art Center’s award-winning artistic and educational programs. This signature Walker experience promises gourmet food, craft cocktails, a premier art auction, legendary DJs, and much more.

Proceeds from the event support the Walker Art Center’s award-winning artistic and educational programs and help us continue to fulfill our mission as a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences.

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Platinum Experience | 5 pm–12 midnight | LIMITED AVAILABILITY

  • $7,500 Package for 6 guests // Cocktail reception, high-top table with dinner, premiere silent art auction, and live art experience auction plus the Gold and Silver Experiences (Estimated benefits value $1,026)
    • $10,000 Package for 10 guests // All of the above plus a limited-edition artwork (Estimated benefits value $3,710)
    • $15,000 Package for 10 guests // All of the above at a seated lounge with a dedicated server (Estimated benefits value $3,710)

Gold Experience | 7 pm–12 midnight

  • $500 for one guest // Complimentary cocktails and dinner, live performance, silent art auction, late-night VIP lounge access, plus Silver Experience (Estimated benefits value $151)

Silver Experience | 8:30 pm–12 midnight

  • $125 for one guest // Late-night sweets and savories, two drink tickets, and a DJ (Estimated benefits value $75)

Silver Experience | 8:30 pm–12 midnight | LIMITED AVAILABILITY

  • $2,500 Bottle Service // Reserved lounge and unlimited drinks near the dance floor. Seats up to 6 ticket holders (Estimated benefits value $500)

Avant Garden 2019 Co-chairs

Seena Hodges
Anne Labovitz
Linda Singh

ACCESS Initiative Chair

Kasha Foster

Auction Chair

Karen Heithoff

Gold + Silver Committee

Cara Deanes, co-chair
Ana Haqq, co-chair

Alayna Barnes
Russell Betts
Kerry Ciardelli
Christopheraaron Deanes
Amy DuCharme
Davee Ek
Andrew Flesher
Janie Hanson
Charlie Hornig
Maren Kloppmann
Amy Anne Lassig
Jeffrey Lassig
Chris McDuffie
Vanessa McDuffie
Ervan Miller
Richard Moody
Madeline Nachbar
Anne Paape
Jahna Peloquin
Bryan Pieper
Lisa Poseley
Peter Prudden
Joy Quaidoo
Luther Ranheim
Wynne Reece
Kaley Schliep
Jackson Schwartz
Peter Sellwood
Aika Shoo
Nadege Souvenir
Robert Spikings
Greg Stenmoe
Nicole Sunberg
Monique Thompkins
Houston White
Krystle Williams
Pepe Wonosikou

Platinum Committee

Debby Christakos, co-chair
Wim Stocks, co-chair

Sally Blanks
Carrie Connor
Tara Dev
Lili Hall
Christopher Hermann
Muffy MacMillan
Jill Riley
Sabina Saksena

Sponsorship Chair

Chris Haqq

Platinum Supporters

Donna and Jim Pohlad
Linda and Jesse Singh
Spell Family Foundation

Mark Addicks and Tom Hoch
Cahn & Collatz, Freeman, Offenhauser, Shaeffer, Woolsey, and Rashid
Lisa and Pat Denzer
Nina Hale
Karen and Kenneth Heithoff
Anne Labovitz and Bill Gamble
Muffy MacMillan
Michael Peterman and Daniel Grossman
Michelle and William Pohlad
Robert and Rebecca Pohlad
RBC Wealth Management
Riley, Sirek, Labovitz
Judith and Stephen Shank
Wim Stocks
Target Corporation
Marge and Irv Weiser

Nassif, Fuguitt & Veitch, Pietsch & Hermann, and Spikings & Perkey

Peggy and Ralph Burnet
Andrew Duff & Nancy Warner and Vanessa & Gary Hendrickson
Mark & Penelope Greene and Jim & Norma Leslie
Jennifer Martin
Jaleh and Patrick Peyton
Nii Quaye
Kathy Spraitz and Mike Swanson
Laura and John Taft

Avant Garden 2019 is sponsored by


  • Hero Office Systems logo

Platinum Experience

  • Creative Partners Group
  • Elysian Construction logo
  • Logo: Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Knock Inc.
  • MartinPatrick3
  • Logo: Pohlad Companies
  • US Bank Private Wealth Management

Gold Experience

  • M&E Catalyst Group

Silver Experience

  • 3M
  • BMO Wealth Management
  • Logo: Citi Private Bank
  • Mortenson
  • Prudden Company
  • SpaceCrafting logo
  • Thrivent


  • Phillips


  • Blu Dot

Lead Entertainment

  • Best Buy

Gold Entertainment

  • Mutual of America
  • Peterssen/Keller
  • The Woodhouse Day Spa

Silver Entertainment

  • Lucy interior design
  • Marion Parke
  • Thomson Reuters


  • J.P. Morgan

Official Spirits

  • Bacardi

Airline Partner

  • Delta

Media Partner

  • Mpls St. Paul Magazine