Denver Art Museum Honors Longtime Supporter Jan Mayer
at Collectors’ Choice 35
The museum’s elegant black-tie fundraiser
includes cocktail hour,
seated dinner and entertainment
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will celebrate Jan Mayer for her
longstanding dedication and generous contributions to the
Denver Art Museum at its 35th annual Collectors’ Choice
fundraising gala on December 10, 2015. This year’s funds
will support acquisitions and programming in the museum’s
New World department.
“We are forever grateful for Jan's unwavering support and
are delighted to celebrate and honor our dear friend at the
35th annual Collectors’ Choice,” said
Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the
DAM. “Her contributions have played an integral role in
making the DAM a world-class institution.”
For more than four decades, Mayer has been a steadfast
friend and patron of the museum. The incomparable gifts of
Spanish Colonial art by Mayer and her late husband,
Frederick, elevated the DAM’s collection to the best in the
United States and one of the finest in the world.
Additionally, the gift to endow the New World department in
2003 funded curatorial positions in Pre-Columbian and
Spanish Colonial art, as well as founded the Frederick and
Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art.
The Mayer Center is committed to increasing awareness and
promoting scholarship in Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial
Art by sponsoring scholarly activities including annual
symposia, fellowships, study trips and publications.
Furthermore, the Mayers provided a fund to endow the
position of the museum’s director in perpetuity.
Always supportive of the museum’s larger mission, Mayer has
generously given a considerable amount of her time and
resources. She has wholeheartedly supported the new
photography department, funded the expansion of the museum’s
collections database and made a major gift toward the
construction of the recently completed museum administrative
building. Mayer also continues to generously support a
variety of departments through Alianza de las Artes
Americanas, DAM Westerners and Friends of Painting and
The Collectors’ Choice 35 event chairs are Lanny and Sharon
Martin and the honorary chair is Governor John Hickenlooper.
Gala tables start at $10,000 and pairs of seats start at
$2,500. Only a few tables remain; interested parties should
contact Gravely Wilson at
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that sparks creative thinking and expression through
transformative experiences with art. Its holdings reflect
the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the
community to learn about cultures from around the world.
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and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a
unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts,
culture and scientific organizations. For museum
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