VIP Events


THURSDAY, February 15



Opening Night Preview
5 – 9 pm  

A benefit for the Palm Springs Art Museum
(VIP Card or VIP ticket holders only)
Limited number of tickets available 


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

Presentation of 2018 Arts Patrons of the Year Award to David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard
6 pm | VIP Lounge

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.

“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.”

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 VIP reception on February 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and benefits the Palm Springs Art Museum.



Ed Moses, represented by William Turner Gallery. Photo credit: Rob Brander; Andy Moses, represented by Melissa Morgan Fine Art. Photo credit: Jim McHugh

Presentation of 2018 Artists of the Year Award to Ed & Andy Moses
6 pm | VIP Lounge

The 2018 artist honorees are pioneering California artist Ed Moses (1926-2018), presented by William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Calif., and Andy Moses presented by Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif. Ed Moses passed away on January 17, 2018. His award will be posthumously presented to his wife, Avilda Moses.

“We are honored to have both Ed and Andy Moses as Artists of the Year in 2018,” said Donna Davies, Vice President of the Art Group for Urban Expositions, producer of Art Palm Springs. “While it’s not rare to find artistic talent passed down through one family, since the 1950s Ed Moses and Andy Moses have been prominent members of the southern California art scene, and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to recognize father and son in the same year.”

The duo join the ranks of Art Palm Springs’ Artist of the Year impressive list of Post War and Contemporary honorees including Judy Chicago, Mel Ramos, Jennifer Bartlett, Fletcher Benton, Larry Bell, and Lita Albuquerque.


FRIDAY, February 16


gerald-peters-house-tourKatie & Gerald Peters Private Home Tour
9:30 am | VIP Event

A private tour of the house at 106 Wanish owned by legendary art collectors Katie & Gerald Peters. With galleries in Santa Fe, NM and New York City, Gerald Peters has long been recognized as one of the world’s most respected dealers of American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Peters home is an eclectic setting for an equally eclectic and highly personalized collection. Artworks range from a group of 20th century Grand Canyon paintings to contemporary paintings and sculptures by a diverse group of artists who have in common a personal relationship with Katie & Gerald. These include Jennifer Bartlett, Nancy Graves, California artists Charles Arnoldi, Robert Graham and Wayne Thiebaud, along with works by Jun Kaneko, Beniamino Bufano, Claude Lalanne, the potter Daniel Johnston, and photographer John Coffer as well as drawings by Nathan Oliviera and Richard Diebenkorn. Of special note are rooms featuring the artwork of both Devin Peters and Krista Peters, and several examples of the work of the late and great “father” of the art furniture movement, Wendell Castle.

The California Mission style property on the eighteenth hole of Bighorn Country Club  is surrounded by red bougainvillea and Sonoran desert plantings, with a garden and lawn adorned by rose beds and citrus trees. A swimming pool and hot tub on the north side of the house can be viewed through large windows providing natural light for the ample walls covered with art.

We invite you to see and enjoy this very special collection.

Transportation not provided. Reservation required.
Limit: 25 people (FULL)
(VIP Pass required for this event)
Join the waiting list – email Sarah Burgoyne at

Palm Springs Art Museum Private Tour Led by Katherine Hough, Chief Curator
12 noon | Palm Springs Art Museum

No Glass Ceiling! Women Working in Glass, Part 1
October 14th, 2017 – March 5th, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Center

Women have played an integral part in the American studio glass movement from the beginning and in today’s global world of communication and collaboration, women continue to excel.  This exhibition, Part 1 of a series, begins to portray the multiplicity of working styles and concepts that women working in the fluid medium of glass, share with the rest of us.  Reaching from cultural or historical perspectives, past innovations, or sharing technical and aesthetic content, they are creating new approaches of versatility; holding, emitting, or reflecting light while creating works of extraordinary diversity, stirring beauty and intellectual purity.

Transportation not provided. Reservation required.
Limit: 30 people
(VIP Pass required for this event)
RSVP to Sarah Burgoyne at

SATURDAY, February 17

Modernism Week Bus Tour 

9:30 am | VIP Event (Tickets Required)

A special offer for Art Palm Springs fans and friends! Reserved seating on Modernism Week bus tour, February 18!

The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a 2.5 hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury leisure lifestyle communities in South Palm Springs. Lead by knowledgeable guides, this open-air experience offers unique, exterior perspectives of Desert Spanish and Midcentury Modern architecture, two predominant styles found in Palm Springs. From the oldest existing structure in Palm Springs, the McCallum Adobe, and the expansive grounds of the exclusive Villa Paradiso Estate, to Albert Freys 800 square foot Frey House II perched on the mountainside, passengers will gain a better understanding of the historical richness and architectural diversity found in this desert oasis.

Tour highlights include exterior views of William Krisels House of Tomorrow, Richard Neutras architectural masterpiece, the Kaufmann Desert House, Donald Wexler & Rick Harrisons Steel Development Houses and E. Stewart Williams legendary Twin Palms estate, the former residence of Frank Sinatra. Other architecturally significant buildings on the tour will include Palm Springs City Hall, Saint Theresa Parish and the iconic Tramway Gas Station, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center. Discover why Palm Springs is synonymous with Desert Modernism!

Limited number of tickets available – take advantage of reserved seating and get tickets now for Modernism Week’s signature tour! Get your tickets here.

(VIP Pass required for this event)


cvac-VIP-tourCoachella Valley Art Center Tour
9:30 am | 45140 Towne St, Indio CA

Coachella Valley Art Center is a 501 c(3) not-for-profit Art Center.  Our main mission is to provide studio space to artists for short to long term usage.  At present, I am working to focus seriously on establishing a center for studio Glass making.

Transportation not provided. Reservation required.
Limit: 50 people
(VIP Pass required for this event)
RSVP to Sarah Burgoyne at