About The Event

The DARKROOM benefit includes MoCP’s renowned photography auction featuring important works by contemporary artists from around the world and one-of-a-kind art experiences. Event proceeds support essential MoCP exhibitions, education, and community engagement programs.

We raised over $275,000 with over 300 people at the 2023 event.

Bob Thall was this year’s Silver Camera Awardee and Catherine Edelman was this year’s DARKROOM Honoree. 

Jill Hopkins was this year’s DJ and Emcee.

Tickets were $175 for the benefit (6:30-9:00 p.m.) and $500 for the VIP portion (5:30-6:30 p.m.), which included the Champagne Hour featuring a Q&A with Bob Thall and Cecil McDonald, Jr. 

If you are interested in donating, please click here: giving.colum.edu/darkroom2023

The MoCP Darkroom 2023 auction was hosted by The Auction Collective in collaboration with Christie’s. The auction was available from May 25-June 9, 2023. You can still see the list of artworks that were available on the auction website.

Here are the 2023 photo albums for your review:

Event Highlights Link. Photos by Julie Lucas, Columbia College Chicago Staff Photographer

Step and Repeat Link. Photos by Nathaniel Smith, MoCP student employee

Photo Booth by Fotio

DARKROOM artwork by jnl graphic design


Deborah Lovely and Genia Yovankin

DARKROOM 2023 Benefit Committee:

Jennifer Armetta
Lisa Bailey
Eszter Borvendeg
Bianca Bova
Veronique Bushala
Cathy Edelman
Mary Farmilant
Thomas Hellstrom
Claire and Keith Koeneman
Beth Kohl

Jay Krehbiel
Gary Metzner
Sandro Miller
Claude-Aline Nazaire-Miller
Leah Missbach Day
Jacqueline Moss
Nina Owen
Jason Pickleman
Joe Reinstein
Lincoln Schatz

Kristina Schneider
Jenny and Joe Shanahan
Maxine and Larry Snider
Susan and Howard Stearn
Meredith Sullivan
Ann Thompson
Margaret Unetich
Danielle Dunand Zimmerman

Auction Artwork By

Nick Albertson
Tom Bamberger
Zeke Berman
Clarissa Bonet
Shannon Bool
Marshall Brown
Peter Cochrane
Kelli Connell and Natalie Krick
Paul D’Amato
Natan Dvir
Citlali Fabián
Brendan Fernandes
Whit Forrester
Krista Franklin
Alice Hargrave
Mark Edward Harris

Tom Jones
Dave Jordano
Colleen Keihm
An-My Lê
Yao Lu
Curtis Mann
Sandro Miller
Miller and Shellabarger
Natasha Moustache
John Opera
Lothar Osterburg
Jordan Putt
Jason Reblando
Whitten Sabbatini
Victoria Sambunaris
Ruth Schnell

Anna Shteynshleyger
Buzz Spector
Joseph Sterling
Charles Swedlund
Bob Thall
Sonja Thomsen
Allie Tsubota
Aaron Turner
Brian Ulrich
Nick Vedros
Tanja Verlak
Helena Chapellin Wilson
Jay Wolke
Guanyu Xu
Dylan Yarbrough

DARKROOM 2023 Sponsors


Susan and Bob Wislow (Parkside Realty)


Leah Missbach Day
Gage Hospitality Group
Mary Frances Budig and John Hass
Beth Kohl and Gary Feinerman
Hindman Auctions – Silvia and Jay Krehbiel
Related Midwest
Seaberg Picture Framing
Wight & Company


Suzette Bross Bulley and Allen E. Bulley, III
Distinct Artists
Deborah Lovely
Michael and Maggie Meiners
Jacqueline Moss and Sean Ballard
Orin Swift Cellars
Nina Owen & Michael Belsley
Larry and Marcia Ross
Meredith and Mark Sullivan
Danielle Dunand Zimmerman
William Blair


Project Management Advisors, Inc.
Sovereign Brands
Weinberg/Newton Gallery


Chicago Gallery News
Daniel George
Half Acre Beer Co. and The Black Family
Kennicot Brothers
M&G Graphics
metro / smartbar / gman tavern
McKay Landscape Architects

Parkside Logo
Gage Hospitality Group logo
Hindman logo
Related logo
Seaberg Picture Framing logo
Wight logo
Distinct Artists logo
Orin Swift logo
William Blair logo
Project Management Advisors logo
Weinberg/Newton Gallery logo
Sovereign Brands group logo
Chicago Gallery News logo
Half Acre logo
M&G Graphics logo
Metro-Smartbar and GMan logos
McKay Landscape Architects full logo