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Squidsoup, Submergence, interactive LED light installation at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017.

Saturday, December 7, 2019


Dr. Gerd Wuestemann – President and CEO of Scottsdale Arts and Oscar De las salas – Starry Night Gala Chair and SMoCA Board Member cordially invite you to join us for a fresh and glamorous event for the arts in Scottsdale, filled with live red-carpet cocktails and music, dazzling new art, and guest performers from around the country—all part of an exciting evening of gourmet dishes and fun under the stars. 

“This year’s Starry Night Gala will be a glamorous, red-carpet celebration, modeled after the star-studded Hollywood awards shows and bursting with endless experiences designed to showcase the real stars of the arts in Scottsdale—our event guests. It will be a one-of-a-kind event to celebrate a one-of-a-kind museum.” 

— Oscar De las salas, Gala Chair and SMoCA Board member 

Attire for the gala is black tie with the suggested colors of navy, gold, and/or black. Tickets for individual seats are $500; a 5 seat, half-table reservation is $2,500; and a full table is $5,000. Please note that half tables and full tables include a logo and/or program ad. Call Kelly Hicks at 480-874-4662 or purchase tickets online

The Visionaries

Starry Night marks the debut of Scottsdale Arts’ new Herberger Award for the Arts, which will be presented to Dr. Robert Knight, SMoCA’s founding director. 

We invite you to also toast the luminaries who were instrumental in the birth of the SMoCA, including: 

Will Bruder, architect of SMoCA 

Sam Campana former Scottsdale Mayor 

Kathy Hotchner, former director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 

Frank Jacobson, former CEO of Scottsdale Arts 

Carolyn Robbins, former curator of education for Scottsdale Arts 

Randy Schilling, former director of development for Scottsdale Arts 

Valerie Vadala-Homer, former director of Scottsdale Public Art 

Ellie Ziegler, philanthropist and former Scottsdale Arts board chair 

The Stars Come Out Tonight—Artists, Musicians, and Personalities

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James Turrell, Knight Rise, 2001. Venetian plaster, neon, steel. Commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art (permanent installation in SMoCA’s sculpture courtyard). © James Turrell. Photo: Sean Deckert

Art, music, and talent will touch your senses.

Starting with the seamless beauty of Knight Rise, the James Turrell skyspace illuminating the SMoCA courtyard, attendees will then be introduced to the the atmospheric lights of Murmuration by the UK-based artist studio Squidsoup.

Once you are on the red carpet, join our live broadcast with the Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Carey Pena of Inspired Media 360 and be drawn into the song stylings and amazing vocals of American Idol star Von Smith, who has toured the world, performing with Tony Award®-winning composers and opening for Lady Gaga.

And the fun is just starting. Hosting the packed program of performers, musicians, and honorees is the Emmy Award®-winning local media personality Vanessa Ruiz of Cronkite News – Borderlands. During dinner, we will be dazzled with music from local artists who have performed on stage at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts through the programs of Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation—starting with the spiritual jazz pairings of the Geibral Elisha Movement—an internationally touring recording artist and two-time AriZoni Award nominee—with Desert Mountain High School Jazz Ensemble. We also welcome a special performance by pop, jazz, and folk singer-songwriter AJ Odneal with the Scottsdale Unified School District Choir. Both school groups are participants in Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation programs.

After dinner, the ever-charming Javier Soto of Good Morning Arizona will continue the party and invite our guests to the Plaza, under the Arizona night sky, to continue the celebration with dancing and international desserts. We are excited to introduce a fusion electronic and live music experience with Rico DeLargo, which will awaken the musical senses and get your blood moving. Paired with specialty cocktails and the beautiful traditional Brazilian Sweets Table by Micheline, the night’s inspirations continue.

The Future of Arts in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Arts in the largest arts umbrella in Arizona, a united arts organization that serves the entire community—including signature events like Canal Convergence and the Scottsdale Arts Festival. With that in mind, gala organizers developed a program for the evening that puts artists and patrons first as a way to show appreciation for all they do for the community. 

“We are excited to celebrate 20 years of this amazing Museum, as well as all of Scottsdale Arts during our Starry Night Gala.  This fun-filled, glamorous evening will showcase so much of what makes Scottsdale Arts one of the major organizations in the Southwest. From spectacular public art displays to gallery exhibitions, from student groups performing alongside national acts to a red-carpet experience unlike any other, we hope you will join us in celebrating our arts community as well as the community leaders who helped make Scottsdale an arts destination for more than 40 years.”

— Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, President and CEO of Scottsdale Arts

Proceeds from Starry Night go to support impactful programs at Scottsdale Arts’ four branches:  

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Public Art
Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation

Your attendance supports the present and future of arts in your community.


310,000+ patrons attend Scottsdale Arts programs annually across all of our branches


47,000+ students participating in Scottsdale Arts Learning and Innovation programs for ages 3 to 103


1,600+ local and international artists employed across all four Scottsdale Arts branches

Free Performance Tickets

2,600+ free performance tickets provided annually to veterans, students, and teachers at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Be a Player

New for 2019, there are several options to get your name and brand in front of the community. 

Whether you want your logo shining down on the Red Carpet during the live broadcast or want an ad in the program guide for guests to take home, every sponsorship has a way to reach your audience. From Diamond to Amethyst, every sponsor level can help you put your best foot forward. 

Ticket and Sponsorship Options:

  • Single Ticket: $500
  • Full Table for Your 10 Guests – Sapphire Sponsor with ad and logo: $5,000
  • Half Table for Your 5 Guests – Amethyst Sponsor with logo and recognition:  $2,500

All seats have been sold to Starry Night as of November 8, 2019.  You can still support this fabulous evening by making a donation to Scottsdale Arts! Click here to make a gift and show your passion for keeping the arts at the forefront in Scottsdale. For questions or concerns contact Kelly Hicks at 480-874-4662.

(IMPORTANT: Please note that with sponsorships, including full tables and half tables, the deadline for artwork for the program guide is November 7, 2019.)

Download Our 2019 Sponsor Guide or contact Kelly Hicks at 480-874-4662 for details or custom requests.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please call Kelly Hicks at 480-874-4662.

ARTrageous Auction for the Art

Help support Starry Night by supporting the silent and live auctions. From unique, art-filled experiences to an incredible Starry Night Luxury Room Makeover donated by IMI Design, we have something fabulous for everyone. Visit our auction website to view auction items. Text starrynight to 52182 pre-register and start bidding!

Live auction items include a “Starry Night” room makeover by IMI design.
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Our Supporters

Scottsdale Arts asks you to consider becoming a sponsor of Starry Night I An ARTrageous Gala so we may continue to provide these and other outstanding opportunities. 

Starry Night is an opportunity to thank the partners, donors, and sponsors who make these opportunities possible year after year. Scottsdale Arts is grateful to Diamond Sponsors Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Ruby Sponsor Scottsdale Progress, Emerald Sponsors BMO Harris Bank and  ProEM, and every Sapphire and Amethyst sponsor, as well as every ticket buyer. Their commitment to elevating the arts in our community is what makes the programs at Scottsdale Arts possible. 

Scottsdale Arts would like to recognize the tremendous
support of the following individuals and businesses


Billie Jo & Judd Herberger


Scottsdale Progress


Sharron and Delbert Lewis
5 Arts Circle
BMO Harris Bank
IMI Design


Oscar De Las salas & Gary Jackson
Alison Lewis & Craig Krumweide
Suzanne D. & Dimitri Haniotis
Diana and David Smith
Candeleria Design Associates
MMB Interior Design
Modern Luxury Scottsdale
Salcito Custom Homes
Store Capital
Wells Fargo


Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cohen Financial
Harvard Investment
Jacqueline Schenkein and Michael Schwimmer
Mary and Dale Fedewa
Merle and Steve Rosskam
Premier Wood Floors
Rose Law Group

Event Partners

Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering
Noms Bake Shop
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Open 44
Pati’s Rum Cakes
Saks Fifth Avenue
Staging and Design Network
Sweets by Micheline
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Gala Committee Members

Oscar De las salas, Chair

Margie Alpert  

Margaret Anderson    

Rhonda Anderson      

Ellen Andres-Schneider         

Lisa Bell          

Salvador A. Bretts      

Alex Burkfield

Tyler Butler    

Jeannie Cole Older    

Susie Crouch 

Tina Curran 

Julianna Ericksen      

Andrea Evans

Ruby Farias   

Kyle Geschwender    

Missi Harrington         

Gary Jackson

Helen Jordon 

Peggy Kapner

Carlye Klick   

Amy LaDow   

Anita Lang      

Vanessa Lazano        

Alison Lewis   

Chris Loomis  

Alexis Magness          

Cameron Martz

Megan Mayhall

Tim McEligott 

Madonna Newman    

Linda Norquist

Meara Perrin  

Arlee Reach   

Kim Rivera

Lauren Rossi  

Vanessa Ruiz

Mimi Sadeghi 

Jackie Schenkein      

Michelle Schneider    

Marshall Shore           

Bengy Strempel         

Paula Taylor   

Brandon Zavala