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

About The Event

Thank you to the 400 people who joined us for our annual benefit, DARKROOM, on LEAP NIGHT!

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.

DARKROOM 2024 Co-Chairs:

Eszter Borvendeg and Lincoln Schatz 

Silver Camera Award:

Dawoud Bey


Jason Pickleman and JNL Graphic Design

Ayana Contreras was the DJ for the evening. Card readings were from Victoria Martin and aura photography from Aura Iris.

Links to the event photos are below.

Tickets were $250 ($100 for artists and educators) for the main benefit (6:30-9 pm) and $500 for the VIP portion (5:30-6:30 pm) which included a conversation with Dawoud Bey and a VIP reception.

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

DARKROOM contributions can also be made directly at this link.

Event Recap Coverage:

Chicago Gallery News

Columbia College Chicago


To view the auction artworks & experiences that were available, click on this link. Thank you to Freeman’s | Hindman for managing this year’s auction.


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
Leah Missbach Day
Michelle Edwards
Thomas Hellstrom

Sarah Kammerer
Claire and Keith Koeneman
Beth Kohl
Grace Krakow
Jay Krehbiel
Silvia Beltrametti Krehbiel
Deborah Lovely
Gary Metzner
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
Dawoud Bey
Kate Breakey
Alicia Bruce
Jorian Charlton
Barbara Crane
Barbara Diener
Jorge Ariel Escobar
Terry Evans
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
Penelope Umbrico

DARKROOM 2024 Sponsors

Freeman’s | Hindman
Gage Hospitality Group
Beth Kohl and Gary Feinerman
Silvia and Jay Krehbiel
Seaberg Picture Framing
Wight & Company
Eszter Borvendeg and Mark Wight

Julia and Larry Antonatos
Mary Frances Budig and John Hass
Suzette Bross Bulley and Allan E. Bulley III
Leah Missbach Day
Ted Keim and Marielle Lifshitz
Deborah Lovely
Orin Swift Cellars
Nina Owen and Michael Belsley
Parkside Realty
Susan and Bob Wislow
Related Midwest
Larry and Marcia Ross
David A. Weinberg and Grace A. Newton

Jean Choi and Peter Zaldivar
The Goddess & Grocer
Half Acre Beer Co.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Gary and Meryl Levenstein
metro / smartbar / gman
Jacqueline Moss and Sean Ballard
Joe Reinstein and Hannah Higgins
Meredith and Mark Sullivan
Sovereign Brands
Toni Patisserie & Café

Parkside Logo
Related logo
Half Acre logo
Sovereign Brands group logo

DARKROOM 2024 Photo Highlights:

Additional DARKROOM 2024 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 Kyli Hawks, MoCP intern

Instagram Highlights Reel. By Hiwot Ayele with additional footage from MoCP staff, Julie Lucas, Tom Nowak, and Aaron Russman.