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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Party Arty

“Vitality & Vice” was the theme of this year’s triumphant return of Party Arty, to benefit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Co-chairs Kelly Hollowell and Maria O’Connor, and Vice Co-chairs Morgan Stockton and Susanne Watson produced a spectacular evening, complete with drinks, delectable fare, and entertainment. Inspired by the Museum’s American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939 exhibition, the Young Friends of Art’s soiree transformed the Museum into the age of glamorous speakeasies and vibrant jazz dens. Proceeds support the Museum’s education efforts, community outreach initiatives, and free access to more than 500,000 visitors each year.

Jessi Wilson, Morgan Stockton, Kels Sponsel, Monica Roesner, Chloé Isaak, and Steven Austin


Ashley Coyle and Samantha Keltner


Chris Simpson and Anna Dudenhoeffer Simpson with Caffrey and Jack Dudenhoeffer


Josh and Pam Shelton


Kaylee Silvers, Julie Godchaux-Linneman, and Jill Bremyer


Jennifer Lin and Alexis Butler


Whitney Stuart, Teresa Brenner, Alison Lyons, and Shannon Gugert


Susanne Watson, vice co-chair; Maria O’Connor, co-chair; Kelly Hollowell, co-chair; and Morgan Stockton, vice co-chair


A live artist experience featured artists from the African American Artists Collective.


A Quixotic performance took center stage.

Featured in the September 17, 2022 issue of The Independent.
Photo Credit: Dana Anderson, Tiffany Mattson, and NAMA


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