Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

513 345 8400




2023 Annual Gala:
20 Years at the Center

Our annual gala is more momentous than ever for this anniversary celebration of our home for new perspectives, the Zaha Hadid-designed Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.

Exterior view of the Contemporary Arts Center

Declared to be "The most important American building since the Cold War" by architecture critic Herbert Muschamp for The New York Times, this iconic structure was completed in 2003. It was the first American project by internationally renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, and was the first U.S. museum designed by a woman.


Saturday, October 7

5PM | VIP Seated Dinner & Program | SOLD OUT!

  • Keynote Speakers: Mir Collective, Christina Vassallo, Charles Desmarais
  • Presentation Honoring the Rosenthal Family
  • Includes admission to Gala & Benefit & Afterparty

8PM | Gala & Benefit 

  • Entertainment, benefit auction & exhibition viewing
  • Includes open bar and complimentary dinner by the bite
  • Includes admission to Afterparty

9PM | Official Gala Afterparty presented by Lightborne

  • Featuring immersive installations, a dance party, & cash bar

The 2023 Annual Gala, 20 Years at the Center, will be a vibrant evening featuring complete museum activation and unique, one-night-only multimedia installations. It will be an unparalleled and immersive architectural experience of Zaha Hadid's masterful structure. This one-of-a-kind event has sold out in the past, so mark your calendars. Check out last year's gala!

ATTIRE: Zaha-chic, as showcased by our Gala Planning Committee:

A diverse group of people model chic cocktail fashion in shades of black

This year's gala celebration coincides with the CAC's exhibition A Permanent Nostalgia for Departure: A Rehearsal on Legacy with Zaha Hadid which considers the legacy of Hadid's career through the practice of a new generation of artists who respond to Hadid's portfolio and the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center building itself. It is study of Zaha Hadid's legacy not as a conclusive overview, but rather as a point of departure full of possibilities and reflections.

Start Your Own Contemporary Art Collection

Bid on one-of-a-kind art from established and emerging artists. Stay tuned for more information about our benefit art auction. The auction will be open online from September 25 - October 9 at

The auction will include art from the following artists:

Aaron Morse
Alessandra Sanguinetti
Alice Tippit
Anthony Luensman
Baseera Khan
Bjorn Braun
Bob Gibson
Calista Lyon
Carmen Winant
Cary Leibowitz
Charlie Goering
Clare Rojas
Claudia Pena Salinas
Dan Gunn
Dana Schutz
David Ellis
Emily Hanako Momohara

Jay Bolotin
Jessica Stockholder
Jorge Rodriguez Diez
Jimmy Baker
Jordan Weber
Julia Orquera Biaco
Kara Walker
Kim Krause
Lisandro Suriel
Lola Flash
Lorena Molina
Maria Lassnig
Mark Mothersbaugh
Michael Coppage
Michael Stillion
Michelle Grabner

Nam June Paik
Morgan Gwenwald
Pam Kravetz
Pao Houa Her
Pat Steir
Srestha Rit Premnath
Terence Hammonds
Vian Sora
Vincent Tiley
Zaha Hadid
Zhang Huan

and more!

Thank You to Our Sponsors 

VIP Sponsors

Bartlett Wealth Management

KZF Design

Event Sponsors

1919 Investment Council

Gale & David Beckett

Barbara Gould

KZF Design

Pitcher, Enders, & Drohan, CPAs

Rosemary & Mark Schlachter

Tom Schiff & Mary Ellen Goeke

US Bank Private Wealth Management

Jens Rosenkrantz & M. Katherine Hurley

Contributing Sponsors

Duke Energy

Rebecca Seeman & David Wood

Julie & Steve Shifman

Maureen & Larry Vignola

Host / Hostess

Bill & Kate Baumann

Jay & Janet Chatterjee

Amy Goodwin

Carolyn & Cody Hefner

Marcene Kinney

Craig & Anne Maier

Lisa Sauer

Barbara Sferra & Herbert Robinson

Elizabeth Solway

Mary Stagaman

Christina Vassallo

Afterparty Presenting Sponsor


Alice OTR

In-Kind Sponsors

All Occasions Event Rental

Artonomy, Inc.

Cocktails Unknown

Dewey’s Pizza


Renschler Frames

Exclusive Beer Sponsor


Exclusive Event Caterer

Eat Well Celebrations & Feasts

Media Partner

Orange Barrel Media

This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase you or your company's commitment to preserving the future of Cincinnati's home for contemporary art.

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