50th Anniversary Celebration Gala and Auction

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Saturday September 21

5:30 PM  –  11:59 PM

Hosted by Doris and Alan Burgess, Toby and Barry Fernald, Beverly and Peter Lipman, and Yvonne and Mike Nevens at the San José Museum of Art.

“One of the most creative events of the year” according to the San Jose Mercury News, SJMA’s annual gala showcases the highest level of hospitality and artistry in the Silicon Valley art scene with internationally celebrated artists in attendance, a live auction of cutting-edge contemporary art with an auctioneer from Christie’s New York, and an after-party with music and dancing.

This year’s milestone celebration will honor outstanding founders and leaders Ann Marie Mix and the former two-term Mayor of San José, Susan Hammer who believed that San José must have a world-class art museum to become a great city.

In celebration of the worldwide contributions that artists make to society and all our lives, the Museum will honor Leo Villareal, a pioneer in the use of LEDs and computer-driven imagery and whose work is an important part of SJMA’s permanent collection. He is known both for his subliminal light sculptures and architectural, site-specific installations including The Bay Lights on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. 

This signature event raises nearly 20% of the Museum’s annual contributed revenue and directly supports SJMA’s landmark exhibitions, inclusive public programs, and education initiatives that annually serve more than 100,000 individuals throughout the Bay Area.

5:30pm | Champagne Reception and Red Carpet Promenade

7:00pm | Dinner in the CIrcle of Palms

8:00pm | Live Auction and Fund-a-need

9:00pm - Midnight | The Mirror Ball After-Party