Columbus Museum of Art presents Art Celebration 2011

For Immediate Release:
September 1, 2011

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, (614) 629-0303


(Columbus, OH) -The Columbus Museum of Art invites you to join us Saturday, October 22 for an evening of merriment, mischief, music and more. This year's Art Celebration, led by co-chairs Corde Robinson and Dr. Wayne Lawson, celebrates all things Italian, offering guests a journey through some of Italy's most iconic cities, delicious regional foods, a selection of arias from great Italian operas, a bouquet of luscious wines, and more.

Art Celebration, CMA's premier annual fundraising event, offers a unique preview of the Museum's exclusive showing of the exhibition Caravaggio: Behold the Man, The Impact of a Revolutionary Realist. This exhibition showcases the powerful work of Italian baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who is remembered as much for his flamboyant lifestyle as his immeasurable talent. A life of excess, punctuated by late-night brawls, attempts on his life, and multiple arrests, culminated with a Papal death warrant that forced him to live as an exile. Art Celebration was inspired by Caravaggio- the Bad Boy of Baroque- and the history of Italian decadence.

The festivities begin at 6:30 pm with a Cabaret performance for VIP ticketholders featuring American's favorite "Frank Sinatra" Bob Hoose and his orchestra. VIP tickets are $650 each and include the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as $25,000 in custom-designed pearl jewelry from Elisari and a catered dinner for ten in your home prepared by CMA Chef Don Wood.

The main event, featuring dance music by Red Hot Rhythm Review, kicks off at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $400 each. Black tie, cocktail attire or creative costuming encouraged. All proceeds from Art Celebration tickets support the Columbus Museum of Art.

In conjunction with Art Celebration, CMA announces the Caravaggio A-Go-Go Vespa raffle. Raffle tickets are $50 each and you need not be present to win. The drawing, for a Dragon Red Vespa S 150, will be held on October 22 at Art Celebration. To order tickets, visit or stop by the Columbus Museum of Art.

Art Celebration 2011 is made possible by the support of Presenting Sponsors The Columbus Dispatch, Capital Style, Nationwide and Elisari; Sponsors American Electric Power-Ohio, Ariel Corporation, Battelle, Crane Group, Ernst & Young, Express, Huntington Bank, Limited, Ocean Vodka, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease.

Art Celebration was organized through the talent and energy of the following volunteers: Jane Ackley, Judy Barbao-Martz, Lisa Barton, Julia Baughman, Steve Cox, Jim Elliot, Bebe Finn, Jami Goldstein, Laurie Gregory, Rhonda Koulermos, Subha Lembach, Michael Martz, Chris Meyers, Floradelle Pfahl, Beth Pritchard, Diane Vorys, Jay Vorys, Jonathan Weaver, Arlene Weiss, David Yugovich, and Donna Zuiderweg.

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