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Special Events
07 Oct 2019

Outsider Ball: Four Centuries of Folk Art

**Online auction now open**

For sixty years, the American Folk Art Museum has been a leader in celebrating the accomplishments of self-taught artists, whose inspiration is genuine and candid, often resulting from personal experience. As a center for an ever-evolving field, the museum routinely receives national recognition for its exhibitions and programs, underscoring the museum’s position as an eminent institution for collecting, exhibiting, and promoting self-taught art. Its engaging, thought-provoking exhibitions define and shape the field of folk art, and provide portals for discovery from its two locations, both of which are in vibrant cultural neighborhoods—Lincoln Square in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens.

The museum welcomes more than 130,000 visitors annually and serves more than 10,000 children and adults with its educational programs. And most important, the American Folk Art Museum is free to all.

The Outsider Ball provides a major source of funding for the museum. Your support will allow the museum to sustain and expand its wide range of exceptional initiatives, and help make folk art accessible to all.

Audrey B. Heckler
Monty Blanchard and Leslie Tcheyan

Event Chairs
Edward M. Gómez
Laura and Richard Parsons

Benefit Committee
Lawrence and Elyse Benenson
Kendra and Allan Daniel
Lucy and Mike Danziger
Jennifer and Ian Deason
Karin and Jonathan Fielding
Barbara L. Gordon and Steve Cannon
Vera and Pepi Jelinek
Penny and Allan Katz
Tad Martin and Heidi Messer
Laura and Richard Parsons
Peter Rapaport
Brett Robbins and Renata Ferrari
Donna and Marvin Schwartz
Leslie Seeman and David Becker
Gail Wright Sirmans
Renee Soto and David Krasne
Bobbi and Ralph Terowitz
Elizabeth and Irwin Warren


Event Details

Location: Ziegfeld Ballroom, 141 West 54th Street

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019

Time: 6:00–10:00 PM

Festive attire


Table and Ticket Information

Photo by Sean Zanni/PMC


Platinum Sponsor Table $50,000

  • Featured table for ten guests, plus all Underwriter Level benefits
  • Platinum Sponsor listing in all gala materials
  • Patron level museum membership for all guests at your table
  • Recognition as museum sponsor with corporate logo in the exhibition wall text and all materials

Underwriter Table $25,000

  • Prime table for ten guests, plus all Leader Level benefits
  • Underwriter listing in all gala materials
  • Museum membership for all guests at your table
  • Private champagne reception and curatorial tour for twenty-five guests at the museum

Leader Table $15,000

  • Table for ten guests, plus all Benefactor Level benefits
  • Leader listing in all gala materials
  • All benefits of Corporate Museum membership for one year

Benefactor Table $10,000

  • Table for ten guests
  • Benefactor listing with logo recognition in benefit program, invitation, and on screens at gala
  • Private curatorial tour for ten guests at the museum

Benefit Committee Ticket Package (2 Tickets) $5,000

  • Premium seating for two guests and Patron listing in all gala related materials

Patron Ticket $2,500

  • Premium seating

Supporter Ticket $1,500 (limited availability)

  • Preferred seating

Friend Ticket $1,000 (limited availability)


You may reserve a table or ticket online, or by contacting Karley Klopfenstein, Deputy Director for Development, at 212. 595. 9533, ext. 318 or


Image: Domenico Zindato (b. 1966), untitled (detail), 1998, ink and acrylic on handmade paper, 15 x 23 1/2 in., Audrey B. Heckler Collection. Photo © Visko Hatfield.


6:00 pm–10:00 pm

Tables: $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000; Tickets: $5000, $2500, $1500, $1000

Reserve table/ticket