Annual Gala / 2016

Back to the Future

In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we’re spending the night in 1986: think Grace Jones, Big Hair Bands, and Kevin Bacon’s high bar routine. The night will feature the Live Auction of artworks by William BaileyEllen CareyTitus KapharRonnie Rysz, and others, orchestrated by Qatar Museums’ devilishly charming Auctioneer, Guy Bennett.  Capture the moment with friends in our 80s inspired photo booth, or sip on a specialty cocktail – the Anchor Spa—new to this year’s fundraiser. If you were born after 1980, you’re in luck!  We’re offering special $30 tickets for young patrons under 35. All proceeds will support our Three Decades of Change anniversary programs and campaign.

The evening will honor one of our founders, artist Christina Spiesel.


  • Julie Bernblum
  • Matt Maleska

Gala Committee

  • Jennifer Burbank
  • Deborah Dancy
  • Eileen Eder
  • Sarah Fritchey
  • Chelsea Harry
  • Katie Jurkiewicz
  • Helen Kauder
  • Betsy Kellem
  • Sinclaire Marber
  • Chris O’Flaherty
  • Barbara Pearce
  • Christina Spiesel
  • Christopher Walsh
  • Timothy Young


  • Webster Bank
  • Webster Private Bank
  • Withers Bergman
  • Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
  • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
  • Wiggin and Dana
  • Take
  • Bernblum & Bernblum
  • BHC&B



Silent Auction Items

Silent Auction Items

William Bailey (b. 1930)
The Lost Lady, 1985

Etching, heightened with watercolor, signed and inscribed
17.5” × 13.5”
AP 3/20
Offered with the Limited Edition volume, The Lost Lady, by Willa Cather
Value: $1,500
Lot #302
Courtesy of the artist, Merwin’s Framing, and William Reese Co.

Richard Benson (b. 1943)
Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company, 1985

Ed. 1133 of 1200. White Oak Press
Dimensions each page 18″ × 16″
Value: $3,500
Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery
Lot #303


Ellen Carey (b. 1952)
Pull with Mixed & Off-Set Pods, 2010

Unique polaroid, signed and inscribed on verso, offered along with the (unframed) negative pulled off the print
84” × 25”
Value $12,500
Courtesy of the Artist, JHB Gallery, NYC, M+B, Los Angeles, CA, and Dwight Pederson Framing
Lot # 310

Jan Cunningham
Green Arc

Oil on Linen
16” × 16”
Value: $3,200
Courtesy the Artist
Lot #311


Bernard Greenwald (b. 1941)
Route 9, Upper Red Hook, New York. 26 june 2013, 2013

Acrylic on wood
30” × 40”
Value: $4,000
Courtesy the Artist
Lot #306

Titus Kaphar (b. 1976)
Study: Portrait in Tar I, 2016

Oil and tar on canvas
24″ × 18″
Value: $9,500
Courtesy the Artist
Lot #304

Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968)
Queen of the Air

(from the series Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book (2012), from the Sorted Books project (1993-ongoing)
13 5/8″ × 20 1/8″
Edition: 3 of 5
Value: $3,800
Lot #301
Courtesy the Artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

Christopher Mir (b. 1970)
Echo, 2016

Acrylic on canvas
33.5” × 65.5”
Value: $6,000
Courtesy of the Artist
Lot #312

Robert Reed (b. 1938)
Antibes Playground #1 – Norfolkian Constellation, 2007-2009

Graphite, ink, marker on paper, acrylic resin
26” × 21”
Value: $4,000
Courtesy the Estate of Robert Reed
Lot #307

Robert Reed (1938-2014)
Antibes Playground #4 – Norfolkian Constellation, 2006-2009

Paper, watercolor, color pencil, electrostatic printing, metal fasteners, acrylic resin
26” × 21”
Value: $4,500
Courtesy the Estate of Robert Reed
Lot #308

Ronnie Rysz

Mixed media
Value: Priceless
Courtesy the Artist
Lot #309
Rysz will create a one-of-kind portrait of you or that very special someone in his uniquely graphic and bold style.

Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1936)
The Steerage, 1907

Photogravure, printed 1911
7 13/16″ × 6 1/4””
Value $7,000
Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery
Lot #313

An art-filled weekend in Columbus, Ohio

Value: Priceless
Hotel stay donated by Ron Pizzutti. Studio visit courtesy of Ann Hamilton

In the Footsteps of Lewitt on the Amalfi Coast

Estimated Value: $12,000
Lot #314

Experiences & Special Items

Experiences & Special Items

Lot #201, An Afternoon Across the Pond

Be one of the first to experience the stunningly refurbished galleries of the Yale Center for British Art as part of your very own private tour led by Curator Gillian Forrester. Afterwards, enjoy tea for you and 11 other of your friends or family in the Founder’s Room, a room dedicated to and designed by the museum’s founder Paul Mellon. The Yale Center for British Art is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of British Art outside the United Kingdom. Having undergone renovations and been out of the public eye for 16 months, this incredible resource is opening its doors once again this May.

Value: Priceless

Lot #202, Never Go Hungry Again

It’s no wonder they call New Haven a foodie town. Try a taste at five major local eateries and see what all the fuss is about! Gift certificates generously provided by the following New Haven establishments:

  • Caseus – sample from the fromagerie or enjoy an entrée made from only the freshest local ingredients.
  • Meat & Co. – the Artspace staff can attest to the fact that there’s nothing more exciting than the $10 Monday lunch special here.
  • Thali – in the heart of Ninth Square, this restaurant features the aromatic cuisine of India
  • Barcelona – enjoy the tastes of Spain at this delicious tapas restaurant
  • Elm City Social – savor the newest in Elm City dining and cocktails at this adventurous new eatery

Value: $300

Lot #203, For a Rainy Day

Shane Frederick is a world-renowned expert on cognition and decision-making, but he is also a master at the board game Scrabble. Spend some time with New Haven’s own national Scrabble champion and work on your word-bending ability. Maybe you’ll get some lessons in logic in the process! Top off the afternoon with a scoop of Ashley’s famous ice cream. It’s a day for the whole family.

Value: Priceless

Lot #204, Theater Hop ‘Til You Drop

Who needs Broadway when world-class theatres abound in Connecticut? Be whisked away to another time and place while viewing professional productions on each of these award-winning stages:

  • Hartford Stage – two tickets to the first show of the 2016-2017 season
  • Long Wharf Theatre – two tickets to the opening night of Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower on October 5th, 2016
  • Westport Country Playhouse – two tickets to any show during the 2016 season
  • Yale Repertory Theatre – two tickets to Dianne Wiest in Happy Days any night during May 2016

Value: $500

Lot #205, Find Nirvana in a Cocktail

If you’ve ever perused the menu at 116 Crown, you know they’re serious about cocktails. Join owner John Ginnetti, an expert mixologist and authority on all things spirit-related, for an informative and entertaining social event and learning experience. The Evolution of the Cocktail, from Classic to Contemporary, a class for six people, lets you sample some of the restaurant’s signature drinks while learning the stories behind them. Make sure to talk to Ginnetti about customizing your class to your group’s taste, linking it to a favorite spirit, genre, history, drink, or concept.  The flexible design is heavenly, and up to you!

Value: $450

Lot #206, Nourish Your Business and Your Body in the Ninth Square

Energize your business with a three-month membership at The Grove, a co-working space on Chapel Street for nonprofits and independents. The Grove provides all the technical amenities you need plus a creative environment that inspires networking and collaboration. Keep your body strong and remain stress free as you cultivate your career with complimentary yoga classes from Fresh Yoga.

Value: $530

Lot #207, Elm City Culture Vultures

This year, get a taste of the cosmopolitan with this package of tickets to some of New Haven’s world-class cultural institutions. Witness a large-scale international sporting event in your own backyard with court side tickets to this summer’s Connecticut Open. Immerse yourself in the International Festival of Arts and Ideas with our combination of tickets and complimentary goodies. Finally, experience the classical sounds of world-class musicians with passes to any night this year at the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Value: $450

Lot #208, The Celtics Experience

Spend a day with NBA legend Walter McCarty. This former Celtic star and current assistant coach will spend an afternoon on the Hopkinton (MA) Country Club golf course with you and three guests. Afterwards, enjoy a meal in the clubhouse. If golf is not your style, perhaps our alternative option will be more to your taste: dinner for four, with four tickets to a Celtics game afterwards. Auction Winners’ choice!

Value: Priceless

Lot #209, The Artists’ Bookself

Begin your own collection of art books with a stunning set of new releases by the Yale University Press:

  • Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, edited by Max Delany of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Eric Shiner of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this collection places beautifully reproduced images by the artists alongside essays that analyze their work together, and interpret the scope of the artists’ influence today.
  • Contingent Beauty is edited by Mari Carmen Ramírez, the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It compiles works by more than twenty Latin American artists that have been incredibly influential to the modern art world.
  • And others TBA

Value: $300+

Lot #210, A Year at the Museum

Experience a year’s family membership at some of Connecticut’s premier art museums:

  • The New Britain Museum of American Art – Three centuries of great American art in one extraordinary collection: with works representing stylistic periods from 1740 to the present, the collection today numbers nearly 11,000 oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, and sculptures.
  • The Wadsworth Atheneum – the Wadsworth Atheneum was the first museum in America to purchase works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, and was the first in the country to exhibit major surveys of works by Italian Baroque masters, Surrealists, and Picasso. The museum’s collection has grown to hold approximately 50,000 works of art that span 5,000 years.
  • The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum – one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the country, the Aldrich prides itself on thought-provoking, interdisciplinary exhibits and programs. It is the only museum in Connecticut that is dedicated to contemporary art.

Value: $575

Lot #211, Be an Artist for a Day

Explore your creative side with a multi-session art class at Creative Arts Workshop in the Audubon Arts District. CAW offers classes and workshops for adults and young people in photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, pottery, digital media, book arts and more.

Value: $300

Lot #212, 1980s House Party

DJ Dave Coon (by day, architect at the renown Pelli Clarke Pelli architects) will have you and your party dancing to the 80s beat. You’ve seen him spin great records at some of the best venues in town—and this one time, he’ll come to you.  Get your place and  décor ready for the crowd!  Start with two beautiful vases from Fairhaven Furniture. Then, enjoy a shopping spree at Wave Gallery to find just the right accessories. It’s everything you need for the perfect throwback house party.

Value: $1,450

Lot #213, Day of Carpentry Services

Common Vision, New Haven’s leading designers, builders and home remodelers offer you a day of labor from the firm’s top carpenters to help you make your next home renovation project come to life.

8 hours of service.

Value $520

Lot #214, Your Special Dinner Party – Captured in a Painting by Milford-Based Artist, Eileen Carey

Immortalize your special gathering of friends and family around a dinner table with a painting that captures the essence of your special occasion. Eileen will discreetly snap a few photographs of all those attending, and a short while later deliver a finished painting, truly a one-of-a kind expressive impression of conviviality–your way.

Value: Priceless