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January 28th, 2013
Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Celebrate Exhibition of Outsider Art at Annual Winter Gala

March 2, 2013

The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will hold their annual Winter Gala celebrating the exhibition “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection. A much-anticipated annual event, the black-tie reception, entitled “A Great and Mighty Benefit,” will take place in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall. Guests will have the opportunity to stroll and mingle in the exhibition galleries where one of the country’s finest private collections of outsider art will be on view.

The evening will begin with an exclusive VIP pre-gala reception and tour of the exhibition given by Museum trustee and collector Sheldon Bonovitz. VIP guests will also receive a gift bag and access to the Museum’s East Balcony, which will host a lounge, extended bar, and the best view of the city. The gala itself, which begins at 8:00 p.m., features dancing, live music, and a raffle and silent auction. Guests can win orchestra tickets, private dance lessons, a rafting adventure, and much more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see themselves on the walls of the Museum, as images from a photo booth will project on a large screen in the Great Stair Hall.

Light fare and cocktails will be served including Jacquin’s Whipped Cream Vodka, Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Whiskey, Svedka Vodka, an assortment of beers from Origlio Beverage, and a selection of wines from Vibrant Rioja. To complement the exhibition, Teleflora will donate floral arrangements with a hand-crafted and homemade motif.

“The Winter Gala is the Young Friends’ pinnacle event of the year. A large number of members help in planning the evening, which is attended by over 600 members and guests annually," said gala co-chair R. Charles Waring.

Fellow event co-chair Lindsay Dekich said, “The success of the gala plays a direct role in how we are able to support art museum programming such as education initiatives for schoolchildren, conservation efforts, additions to the permanent collection, and the level of access the community has to the artwork by supporting initiatives like ART 24/7. I am thrilled with the committee we have and the quality of work they are doing.” 

All proceeds from the Winter Gala support the Museum’s art acquisitions, education programs, conservation initiatives, and special projects. This year’s presenting sponsor is Audi Wynnewood.

“Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, which opens to the public March 3, will present drawings, paintings, sculptures, and other objects by twenty-seven artists who worked outside the boundaries of the mainstream modern and contemporary art world.

Many of these artists, whose works range in date from the 1930s to 2010, have achieved considerable reputations, such as the Reverend Howard Finster. William Edmondson, Martín Ramírez, and Bill Traylor—each well-known to collectors of outsider art—are also represented in the exhibition. These four artists are iconic figures among self-taught artists and have also been recognized as significant figures in the broader field of American modern and contemporary art.

About the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Young Friends is a premier group of art lovers, ages 21 and over, committed to supporting the Philadelphia Museum of Art through a variety of engaging social events, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities in conjunction with the Museum and its world-renowned collection.

Saturday, March 2, 2013
7:00 p.m. VIP Reception
8:00 p.m. Main Event
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Presented by Audi Wynnewood
Complimentary parking

Event Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor: Audi Wynnewood
Silver Sponsor: Brooks Brothers
Bronze Sponsor: Ernst & Young LLP

Gala Tickets
$175 per person through February 21
$185 per person after February 21
$125 per Young Friends member

$150 per person for groups of four or more people

$275 per person
$225 per Young Friends member

Purchase tickets at or call 215-235-SHOW . All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

Press interested in covering the event should contact Gigi Lamm at 215-684-7869 or

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