Art Palm Springs Names David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard 2018 Arts Patrons of the Year

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David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard. Photo credit Mary Van Cline/ The Documenta Project
David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard. Photo credit Mary Van Cline/ The Documenta Project

PALM SPRINGS, CA – Art Palm Springs ( is proud to announce studio glass experts and collectors David Kaplan and Glenn Ostergaard as the 2018 recipients of the Arts Patrons of the Year.

Kaplan and Ostergaard are both deeply involved as supporters of the visual arts, more specifically as the sponsors of the Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Center at the Palm Springs Art Museum, as well as loaning pieces from their personal collection such as Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection at Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento in 2016.

Since its inception, Art Palm Springs has chosen prominent arts patrons such as Donna MacMillan, Barbara and Jerry Keller, Arlene Schnitzer, Harold Matzner, Helene Galen and Cheech Marin. This year’s award will be presented at the Art Palm Springs opening night Black Card reception on February 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and benefits the Palm Springs Art Museum.

“David (Kaplan) and Glenn (Ostergaard) represent the arts patrons who find ways to share their love and knowledge of one particular art form, and thereby advance it with a much larger audience,” said Donna Davies, Vice President of Art, of Urban Expositions. “They have shared their extensive collection of cast and blown glass and exposed American audiences to the emerging glass artists of Australia. They continue to support and encourage American artists with their support of institutions such as the world-renowned Pilchuck Glass School.”

With a degree in psychology, and a background as a teacher and owner of an international manufacturing company, David Kaplan was involved in the social and arts scene in San Francisco, along with a number of organizations such as San Francisco Art Institute, the Shanti Project, the Names Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the San Francisco Ballet.

By contrast, Glenn Ostergaard attended the Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he was an art major. While working as a personal assistant to Martha Graham, she encouraged him to return to his visual arts roots. He has worked continually as a sculptor and painter since the 1980s and is known for his large, colorful canvases and three-dimensional pillow sculptures.

On a vacation to Australia shortly after meeting in the early 2000s, Kaplan and Ostergaard picked up several pieces of cast glass as purchases, the beginning of a collection. A return trip a short time later, that changed as they toured and talked to artists in their studios.

The now married couple have continue to collect glass art and to support art and other organizations here in the Coachella Valley and other places. David Kaplan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pilchuck Glass School, along with donating works to the San Francisco Art Museum. As a couple, they have donated works to institutions such as the Palm Springs Art Museum, including the Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Center which opened in 2004.

Art Palm Springs is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, February 16-19. Due to its popularity with both the audience and participating galleries, this is the first year that Art Palm Springs has included Presidents’ Day in its schedule.




Art Palm Springs is owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which produces Art Aspen, Art Palm Springs, FORM Miami, 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

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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 Palm Springs | Houston Art Fair FORM MIAMI | SOFA CHICAGO