ARTrageous meets the City of Light

VMFA’s signature biennial fundraising event will be inspired by the recent exhibition Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower and the upcoming Rodin: Evolution of a Genius to create an evening filled with dancing, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres on September 12. The theme is Fête des Artistes to evoke the nightlife of Paris.

The third ARTrageous will include French-inspired menu items and live music. This year’s event includes a partnership with the secret dining society The Underground Kitchen. Amuse Restaurant’s Chef, Greg Haley, is joining forces with Underground Kitchen to create a culinary adventure for 50 guests. The Underground Kitchen’ following knows the details are a secret. ARTrageous carries the theme of the fall blockbuster exhibition and the 2013 event drew nearly 400 guests. The fundraiser benefits ARTshare, VMFA’s major digital initiative to make the museum’s collections and educational resources available to audiences throughout Virginia and the world.

For those guests who want to partake in the Underground Kitchen portion of the event, their ticket price includes the rest of ARTrageous’ events.

The platinum corporate sponsor is McKinnon and Harris. The gold corporate sponsors are Freeman’s, Miller Financial Services with Northwestern Mutual, Peachtree House Foundation, and The Winebow Group. The silver corporate sponsors are RiverFront Investment Group, LLC, Gumenick Properties, and Release the Hounds.

About ARTrageous
DATE: Saturday, September 12
TIME:ARTrageous + UGK Dinner | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Amuse
ARTrageous | 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. | Robins Sculpture Garden
TICKETS: $150 per person for ArtRageous. $350 per person for ArtRageous + The Underground Kitchen dinner. Tickets are available through or by calling 804.340.1499.
BAND: Gypsy Roots
ADDITIONAL: Parking is available in the VMFA Deck.

Host Committee
Co-Chairs: Julee & Drew Spitzer and Melissa & Julian Bowen-Rees
Other committee members: Kelly & Tiff Armstrong, Tenley & Wyatt Beazley, Sarah & Jonathan Bliley, Catherine & David Both, Spencer & Bollew Broadbent, Jay Collier, Ted Elmore & Tessa McKenzie, Amy & Matt Ernst, Cheryl & Jack Fockler, Hope & Charles Foster, Freddie & Lawrence Gray, Jil & Hiter Harris, Alice & Mac Livingston, Christina & Tim McCoy, Anya & John Mills, Maria & John Reed, Gaylen &, Robert Reynolds, Jennifer & Geoff Sisk, Micheal Sparks, Rupa & Sahil Tak, Katie & Ted Ukrop, Lilo & Scott Ukrop, Eugenie Valentine, and Deborah & Thomas Valentine.

About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the nation. With acclaimed holdings in American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary art – and additional strengths in African, Ancient, East Asian, and European – VMFA ranks as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus lively after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA, a certified Virginia Green attraction, is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit

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