754 S. Wabash Ave. – Columbia College Chicago Student Center

About The Event

Join us for our annual benefit happening on LEAP NIGHT!

DARKROOM 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.

The DARKROOM 2024 Co-Chairs are Eszter Borvendeg and Lincoln Schatz

We will also honor Dawoud Bey with the 2024 Silver Camera Award and Jason Pickleman as the DARKROOM Honoree.

Tickets will go on sale later in 2023. Tickets are:

$500 – VIP – includes Champagne Hour and Conversation with Dawoud Bey on February 29 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. along with a preview event

$250 – Main benefit from 6:30-9 p.m.

$100 – Artists and Educators for main benefit portion

Are you interested in supporting DARKROOM 2024? Please contact Jaclyn Silverman, Development Manager, at jsilverman@colum.edu.


Eszter Borvendeg and Lincoln Schatz

DARKROOM 2024 Benefit Committee:

Julia Antonatos
Jennifer Koelz Armetta
Lisa Bailey
Bianca Bova
Suzette Bross Bulley
Veronique Bushala
Jean Choi
Michelle Edwards
Thomas Hellstrom
Sarah Kammerer

Claire and Keith Koeneman
Beth Kohl
Grace Krakow
Jay Krehbiel
Silvia Beltrametti Krehbiel
Deborah Lovely
Gary Metzner
Leah Missbach Day
Jacqueline Moss
Nina Owen

Joe Reinstein
David Salkin 
Kristina Schneider
Jenny and Joe Shanahan
Maxine and Larry Snider
Susan and Howard Stearn
Ann Thompson
Margaret Unetich
Genia Yovankin

Auction Artwork By:

Marzena Abrahamik
Kate Breakey
Alicia Bruce
Jorian Charlton
Barbara Crane
Barbara Diener
Jorge Ariel Escobar
Terry Evans
Doug Fogelson
Janice Guy
Mark Edward Harris

Jessica Hays
Joseph Jachna
Barbara Kasten
Lewis Koch
Laura Letinsky
Deborah Luster
Aspen Mays
Cecil McDonald, Jr.
Tom Merilion
Nathan Miller
Sandro Miller

Claire Pentecost
Carrie Schneider
Lincoln Schatz
Matt Siber
Christina Seely
Leonard Suryajaya
Robert Stiegler
Bob Thall
Jan Tichy

MoCP’s DARKROOM 2024 auction is hosted by Hindman Auctions in collaboration with Live Auctioneers.

* List as of December 2023.

2023 DARKROOM Photo Highlights:

Additional DARKROOM 2023 photos are available at these album links:

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