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2020 Barnes Art Ball

Nightlife / Social

Friday, October 16


Celebrating the power of art to uplift and inspire.

About the Art Ball

See and be seen—virtually!—at the Barnes Art Ball, taking place online Friday, October 16, at 6pm. Party for a purpose, and celebrate the power of art to uplift and inspire!

This will be a virtual event unlike any other. Expect a night of:

  • Chance encounters and unique pairings
  • Dynamic artistic performances that dazzle, surprise, and delight
  • Unexpected guest appearances
  • Inspiring art that explores themes of love, faith, community, and storytelling—in celebration of our groundbreaking new exhibition Elijah Pierce’s America, featuring the rich and varied sculpture of a self-taught artist whose virtuoso woodcarvings weave a tale of 20th-century America
  • And more! All from the comfort and safety of your home

Creative attire encouraged!

The Barnes Art Ball raises critical funds to support the Foundation’s collections and exhibitions, pre-K–12 education, and community programs.

Tickets on Sale Now
Purchase by October 5 and receive a Barnes TakeOut Gift Box delivered to you to enhance your at-home viewing experience.

We’re serious about “creative” attire, and we leave that for you to interpret. During portions of the program, YOU will be the party. You may be wondering . . . what does that mean? If we told you, it would spoil the surprise! And a night of surprises is what this virtual event like no other is about.


Partners & Performers

This evening of fast-paced fun features short performances by internationally renowned musicians and art stars, all of whom have partnered with the Barnes over the years:

  • Photographer Mohamed Bourouissa
  • Sculpture, installation, and performance artist Nick Cave
  • Installation artist Yinka Shonibare
  • Multimedia artist Mickalene Thomas & opera countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo
  • Painter Pat Steir
  • Plus, an acoustic performance by Nick Bockrath of Cage the Elephant

We’re also featuring inspiring moments of creativity from Philly-based artists, including Ani Gavino, Ayana Evans, Colette Fu, Gabrielle Revlock, Hua Hua Zhang, John Jarboe, Kingsley Ibeneche, LaTreice V. Branson, and Rashid Zakat & Ikiré Jones.

Art Ball After-Party

After the event, Urban One Radio One takes over our Instagram to keep the party going with live sets by some of Philly’s favorite DJs. Celebrate the Art Ball and Elijah Pierce’s America with DJ Jay Ski, DJ Greg Nitty, DJ Aye Boogie, DJ Touchtone, and… DJ Jazzy Jeff! Hosted by Lady B.

All are invited. Tag your friends to tune in!
Friday, October 16, 7 pm


DJ Jazzy Jeff headlines the Art Ball After-Party on Instagram Live

Event Leadership

Trustee Co-Chairs
John J. Aglialoro
John R. Alchin
Sheldon M. Bonovitz, Esq.
Pamela D. Bundy
Cathy Hughes
Brenda A. Thompson, PhD

Honorary Co-Chairs
Laura T. Buck
Anne F. Hamilton
Leigh P. Middleton
Hilarie L. Morgan
Marsha R. Perelman
Lyn M. Ross
Adele K. Schaeffer
Robbi S. Toll

Christine Angelakis
Amanda and Chip Burch
Marianne Dean
Michelle Dubay
Julia and David Fleischner
Jeanne Ruddy and Victor Keen

Lauren and Andrew Addis, Sandy Annesley, Barb Barnhart, Chris and Wade Berrettini, Mariska K. Bogle, Barbara Brown-Ruttenberg, Julie Jensen Bryan, Elaine Woo Camarda, Gareth Clark and James Harrison, Carra Cote-Ackah and Amachie Ackah, Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer, Barbara Eberlein, Lauren Eni Canseco, Avery K. Feldman, James Fernberger and Mary Walto, Christa Fiorelli, Barbara F. Freed, Tuesday Gordon Gaines, Joan Garde, Deborah E. Glass, Pia and Richard Halloran, Alexander Mason Hankin, Penny Hansen, Christine and George Henisee, Angela V.B. Hudson, Amy and John Korman, Joseph Kotarski and Federico Mingozzi, Elizabeth G. Kuensell, Vicki and Chris Le Vine, Lynn Lehocky, Marguerite Lenfest, Maribeth Lerner, Toby Lerner, Charisse R. Lillie, Esq., Liddy Lindsay, Mary MacElree, Terra Moné, Hon. Gregory P. Montanaro, Carolyn Bedrodian Nagy, Cathy M. Nassau, Megan “Meg” Maguire Nicoletti, Aleni Pappas, Janice Peck, Daria Pew, Eileen Rosenau, Adrianne Sanogo, Pamela Schreiber, Susan Selverian, Iris A. Shea, Linda Siegfried, Donna Slipakoff, Constance Smukler, Libby Sullivan Trammell, Gregory T. Walker, Noele Wein, Kim Whetzel, Janine Yass, Randi Zemsky, Eliza Montgomery Zimmerman

As of September 2020

Event Sponsors

The Barnes Foundation wishes to thank the following donors and sponsors for their generous support of the 2020 Art Ball.

Presenting Sponsors
Jeanette and Joe Neubauer
Aileen and Brian Roberts

Underwriting Sponsors
John Aglialoro and Joan Carter
John Alchin and Hal Marryatt
Christine and Michael Angelakis
Agnes Gund

Event Sponsors
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz
Laura and Bill Buck
Elaine Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
Comcast NBCUniversal
Dietz & Watson, Inc.
James Fernberger and Mary Walto
Julia and David Fleischner
Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice
Barb and Jack Hafner
Anne and Matt Hamilton
Penelope P. Harris
Christine and George Henisee
Lisa Kabnick and John McFadden
Leigh and John Middleton
Northern Trust
Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan
Morgan Stanley
Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman
Lyn M. Ross
Adele K. Schaeffer
Katie and Tony Schaeffer

Amanda and Chip Burch
Marianne Dean
Joan L. Garde
Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman
Cathy Hughes
Victor Keen and Jeanne Ruddy
Maribeth and Steve Lerner
Mary MacElree and David Hoffman
Georgianna and Eric Noll
Donna Slipakoff
Constance L. Smukler
Brenda A. and Larry D. Thompson
Kim Whetzel/Team Whetzel
Janine Yass

Special Thanks
Hard Work Party
Fred Stein
Urban One Radio One

And the numerous other individuals who purchased VIP and Patron level tickets.