News & Events


Luminarts Live (cancelled)

The March 26th Luminarts Live is cancelled due to concerns regarding COVID-19.

For more information please contact or (312) 435-5961.


Luminarts Gala (Postponed)

A Message to our Gala Supporters:

Thank you so much for your ongoing and steadfast support of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. While we were looking forward to welcoming you to The Gala on April 18th, the event has been postponed due to growing concerns and uncertainty related to COVID-19 and current CDC guidelines. Luminarts’ core values center around supporting the community. It’s those values that guide our response during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

With that said, we look forward to applying all gala support to our fall event and hope you can join us in celebrating at that time. Should you have any questions, please contact Marlena Dzis, Development Director, at or (312) 692-2379.

I hope you and your families stay well in these challenging times.


Jason Kalajainen
Executive Director

Join us for The Gala, Luminarts’ annual spring celebration, on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at the elegant Union League Club of Chicago! This event will feature cocktails, performances by Luminarts Fellows, a sit-down dinner, and ways to support Luminarts’ mission of cultivating the next generation of world-class artists and Chicago’s vibrant arts community.

Kylie A. Krizek, Wintrust Commercial Banking
Matt R. Olaveson and Adam G. Vitale, Luminarts Board of Directors

Mark and Lynne Arizmendi | Peggy Boyer and Reed Parker | Mike and Cheryl Del Campo
Marilyn B. Dresser | Mary and Lionel Go | L. Jessica Jagielnik | Karen and Bob Jones | Myrna W. Kaplan
Gerould and Jewell Kern | Lindsay and Kyle Mackey | John and Carol McKinnon
Dr. Sally Metzler and George Dunea, MD | Emily F. Moreno | Hunt Tackbary and Mackenzie Madsen
Ken Norgan | Chris Taylor | Brian and Robin Velo | Doug Walker | Lucas Wood

Thank you to our 2020 Gala Sponsors!


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
BMO Private Bank
Mary and Lionel Go
Cherilyn G. Murer
Matt R. Olaveson and Adam G. Vitale
Brian and Robin Velo

Pat Gleason and William Blair
Dr. Sally Metzler and George Dunea, MD
William Richards and North Star Family Office
Thompson Coburn LLP


Visual Arts Reception (Cancelled)

Due to COVID-19 this year’s review process will take place virtually.

Luminarts looks forward to sharing the three 2020 Luminarts Fellows in Visual Arts and their work with you via an eblast soon after their selection on May 5.

The Visual Arts Fellowship will award three artists as 2020 Luminarts Fellows and each Fellow will be awarded $7,500.

Luminarts welcomes Final Round Juror, Teresa Silva. Teresa is the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she runs BOLT and HATCH residencies, MAKER and CONEY artist grants, and guides the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship and CAC’s Special Exhibition at EXPO CHICAGO.

For more information, contact or call (312) 435-5961.