College of DuPage Foundation’s ‘For the Love of Frida’ Benefit Gala Raises $400,000 in Support For Upcoming 'Frida Kahlo 2020' Exhibition

By: Ann Fink

Rick Bayles at Frida Gala

The College of DuPage Foundation, in support of the McAninch Arts Center and the Cleve Carney Museum of Art, raised approximately $400,000 at its Feb. 14 “For the Love of Frida” benefit gala at Esplanade Lakes in Downers Grove. Nearly 500 attendees enjoyed an evening of music by Chicago’s Mariachi Monumental de Mexico, a silent auction and an exclusive menu created and presented by Chicago Chef Rick Bayless to raise funds in support of “Frida Kahlo 2020.” View photos from the event.

The exhibition, arriving this summer at the College of DuPage Glen Ellyn campus, will be the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40 years and features a 26-piece collection on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo as well as a multimedia timeline, 100+ photographic images from the artist’s life, a family-friendly children’s area and a poetry garden designed by Ball Horticultural Company, enabling museum-goers of all ages to grasp an understanding of Kahlo’s life and work through a variety of contexts.

“Frida Kahlo 2020” is presented by Bank of America and made possible through support from the College of DuPage Foundation, Milly and Alan Peterson, Ball Horticultural Company, Nicor Gas, Wight & Company, AeroMexico, the National Endowment for the Arts and the DuPage Foundation. 

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