Donna MacMillan Named 2017 Arts Patron of the Year

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Donna MacMillan. Photograph by Lani Garfield

Donna MacMillan named Arts Patron of the Year for sixth annual Art Palm Springs show and sale February 16-19 2017
Palm Springs, Calif. (October 20, 2016) – The winter art season kicks off in Palm Springs on President’s Day weekend with Art Palm Springs (formerly the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair). Each year, over 60 International Contemporary and Post War art galleries draw a sophisticated audience of art collectors, curators, and enthusiasts to the desert for a weekend of viewing prestigious galleries from around the world. Art Palm Springs also coincides with Modernism Week and the new Desert X creating one of the most unique worldwide events for art and design each year. We are pleased to announce that the Art Palm Springs’ 2017 Arts Patron of the Year will be Donna MacMillan. A longtime philanthropist and avid art collector, MacMillan will be honored at the Opening Night Preview on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Elizabeth Armstrong, the JoAnn McGrath Executive Director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, stated, “As a passionate and steadfast collector and fervent supporter of the arts and culture, Donna MacMillan exemplifies what it means to be a star philanthropist. Her commitment to the Palm Springs Art Museum, in particular, has been one of the central ingredients in its growth and new vision. I’m delighted to be able to name her as a friend and inspiring leader. Congratulations, Donna, on being named the 2017 Arts Patron of the Year.”

Robin Layton, Winton Wächter Fine Art

Returning galleries include The Cynthia Corbett Gallery (London, England), HOHMANN (Palm Desert, California), C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, Maryland), Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery (Cordoba, Argentina), Throckmorton Fine Art (New York City), Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Santa Fe), and Gallery K.A.G. (Annapolis, Maryland) which are all long-time participants in Art Palm Springs.

New galleries include Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico), considered to be one of the finest galleries representing contemporary Native American artists; Lassiter Fine Art (Birmingham, Alabama), William Havu Gallery (Denver, Colorado) and Winston Wächter Fine Art (Seattle, Washington). Each year the show attracts thousands of international art lovers, patrons, curators and collectors to the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Rafael Lopez Ramos, Jorge Mendez Gallery

The range of new artists on exhibit at Art Palm Springs will likely include contemporary Native American artists, such as cast-glass artist Preston Singletary and painter/potter Les Namingha (Blue Rain Gallery); whimsical works by fine art photographer Christopher Boffoli (Winston Wätcher Fine Art); and sculpture by Master Chen (Lie Nay Tjien) with paintings by Monica Ard (Lassiter Fine Art).

“This weekend in Palm Springs is seen as an important art and design destination,” said Donna Davies, Vice President of Urban Expositions’ Art Group. “We’re proud to be a part of one of the most prestigious weekends in the art world.”




Art Palm Springs is owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which produces Art Aspen, Art Hamptons, Houston Art Fair, Art Palm Springs, and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago. All art fairs are presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media.

About Urban Expositions
Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events. Urban serves seven industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.

About Clarion Events
Clarion Events can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now delivers more than 200 events in over 20 countries.


For more information about Urban Expositions’ art and design fairs, visit the following websites:
Art Aspen | Art Hamptons | Art Palm Springs | Houston Art Fair | SOFA CHICAGO