Autumn Dinner

attendees at formal dinner
The Frick Collection’s 2023 Autumn Dinner. Photo: Yvonne Tnt/

The Autumn Dinner is one of The Frick Collection’s most important fundraising events and is a highlight of New York City’s fall social calendar. Each year, the black-tie dinner honors a prominent member of the Frick community for their exemplary support of the institution and of arts and culture at large. The event, which has been called one of the “most memorable parties of the year” by The New York Times, is attended by some three hundred of the city’s most elite and sophisticated philanthropists.

The 2023 Autumn Dinner was held at the Metropolitan Club in honor of Elizabeth M. Eveillard, Chair of the Frick’s Board of Trustees. Ian Wardropper, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director, welcomed guests and thanked them for their support at such a vital time in the institution’s history. He then spoke of Betty’s long-standing support of the arts, which includes the largest and most significant gift of works on paper in the Frick’s history, and her invaluable leadership during critical junctures in the institution’s evolution.

In 2024, an Opening Gala will take the place of The Frick Collection’s annual Autumn Dinner. This first benefit event held in the Frick’s newly renovated home on Fifth Avenue will celebrate the institution’s historic reopening. The event will honor the leadership and distinguished career of Ian Wardropper, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director, ahead of his retirement in 2025.

For more information about the Opening Gala or past Autumn Dinners, please contact the Special Events department at or 212-991-5774.