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Important Update

May 6 at 7:00 pm to May 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm | Special Event

Aldrich Undercover

Thursday, May 6 to Sunday, May 9
Purchase Tickets

In 2006, the inaugural Aldrich Undercover “secret” art sale was launched. The unique event has been a biennial staple on The Aldrich’s fundraising roster for over a decade. All works are priced at $350 and sold anonymously, the artists’ identities only revealed after purchase. Guests are encouraged to trust their instincts, follow their hearts, and make selections based on how the works move them.

For 2021, Aldrich Undercover has been re-envisioned as a virtual event, featuring live musical performances and an online art sale on a dedicated microsite. The pre-sale show will take place on Thursday, May 6 and the art sale will run from May 6 to May 9 online. For the 6th edition of the event, over 100 alumni artists will contribute 9 x 12-inch original works in any medium of their choosing for sale to benefit the Museum.

The event will begin with Aldrich Undercover Covers, a pre-sale online launch party held over Zoom on Thursday evening at 7 pm, featuring some of your favorite contemporary artists crossing over from art to music and performing covers of popular songs! Artist musicians include Roz Chast, Michelle Segre and Steve DiBenedetto, B. Wurtz and Ann Bobco. The online art sale will follow the music performances, opening promptly at 7:50 pm for VIP ticketholders and at 8 pm for Patron and General ticketholders. VIP and Patron ticketholders will have the ability to preview the works in the sale on Wednesday, May 5, a first in Aldrich Undercover history. All ticket levels will have full access to the virtual launch party, the Aldrich Undercover Covers performances, and the art sale.

In addition to the Aldrich Undercover "secret" art sale, artists Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013), Harmony Hammond, Andy Mister, and Hayal Pozanti have each contributed significant works to be offered at an online auction. These works are not part of the $350 flat rate sale. Please view the Auction section below to view the works and their prices.

All proceeds benefit The Aldrich’s dynamic exhibitions and education programs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Museum depends on the generous support of friends like you. The Aldrich has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, having to postpone exhibitions and cancel on-site public programs, including The Aldrich’s annual gala, the largest fundraiser of the year. To support the Museum in uncertain times, the alumni artists responded enthusiastically to our ask to create works for Aldrich Undercover. And we thank you for your support by joining us for Aldrich Undercover!

Ticket Levels

VIP Ticket (1): $515

All VIP tickets include admission to the virtual event: pre-show and art sale. The VIP ticket provides an online preview of the artwork on May 5 and priority access to the sale at 7:50 pm on May 6, 10 minutes before the other ticket levels have access to the sale at 8 pm. VIP ticket holders will be provided passwords to preview the sale on the dedicated microsite in advance of the sale on Wednesday, May 5 from 12 noon to 5 pm. Complimentary champagne and an Aldrich Undercover goody bag will be available for curbside pick-up at the Museum the week of the sale.

Patron Ticket (1): $360

All Patron tickets include admission to the virtual event: pre-show and art sale. Patron ticket holders will be provided passwords to preview the sale on the dedicated microsite in advance of the sale on Wednesday, May 5 from 12 noon to 5 pm.They will access the sale at 8 pm on Thursday, May 6.

General Admission (1): $105

All General Admission tickets include admission to the virtual event: pre-show and art sale. They will access the sale at 8 pm on Thursday, May 6.

*All ticket prices reflect an included credit card fee.

Event Timeline


Wednesday, May 5 from 12 noon to 9 pm


Thursday, May 6 at 7 pm


Thursday, May 6 at 7:50 pm


Thursday, May 6 at 8 pm

For additional information, please contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, at or 203.438.4519, ext. 118

Host Committee

Sabeth and Aaron Albert

The Amadeo Family

Mitch Ancona

Apex Projects, Jackee and Brian Hyla

Diana Bowes and James Torrey

Elena Bowes and Ken McPhail

Justin Christopher Carafotes

Melinda Carroll

Janis and Charles Cecil

Antonia and Scott Davis

Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown

Linda and Michael Dugan

Jenn and Greg Ezring

Gail and David Gluckman

Rachel and Peter Goulding

Lin Jamison

Patricia and Lawrence Kemp

Kristina and Philip Larson

Amanda and Donald Martocchio

Kathleen O'Grady

Julie Phillips

Kirsten and Andrew Pitts

Ann Sheffer

Carla Shen and Chris Schott

Rachel and Joe Sondheimer

Kathryn and Jamie Streator

Maya and Robert Tichio

Cecilia Wolfson

Audrey and Richard Zinman

(List in formation)

Participating Artists

Polly Apfelbaum

Genesis Belanger

Rachel Berwick

Jean Blackburn

Alex Blau

Lee Boroson

Paul Bowen

Matthew Buckingham

Tom Burckhardt

Joshua Callaghan

Beth Campbell

Janice Caswell

Catherine Chalmers

Kate Clark

Claire Corey

N. Dash

Jeff Davis

Lewis deSoto

Steve DiBenedetto

Elizabeth Duffy

Judith Eisler

James Esber

Celeste Fichter

Laura Fischer

Laura Ford

Ben Gocker

James Grashow

Ethan Greenbaum

Joanne Greenbaum

Angelina Gualdoni

Erika Harrsch

Ellen Harvey

Clarity Haynes

Todd Hebert

Lisa Hoke

Jamie Isenstein

Ayumi Ishii

Kysa Johnson

Kim Jones

Mary Judge

Kim Keever

Chad Kleitsch

Brian Knep

Justen Ladda

Eva LeWitt

Joan Linder

Kim McCarty

Michael McCaslin

Colin McMullan

Saul Melman

Shari Mendelson

Cyrilla Mozenter

John Muse

Tucker Nichols

Michael Oatman

Carl Ostendarp

Virginia Overton

Judith Page

Olivia Parker

Ester Partegas

Pat Pickett

Maria Porges

Virginia Poundstone

William Powhida

James Prosek

Risa Puno

Paul Henry Ramirez

Michael Rees

Kay Rosen

Alyse Rosner

Erika Rothenberg

Gina Ruggeri

Zoë Sheehan Saldaña

Sean Salstrom

Hope Sandrow

Analia Segal

Jessica Segall

Gil Scullion

Rick Shaefer

Nancy Shaver

Rudy Shepherd

Bruce M. Sherman

Diana Shpungin

Cary Smith

Michael Somoroff

Jane South

Ruby Sky Stiler

Jessica Stockholder

Allyson Strafella

Kazumi Tanaka

Robert Taplin

Tony Tasset

Mary Temple

Lane Twitchell

Elif Uras

Mark Dean Veca

Melanie Vote

Peter Waite

Ruth Waldman

Jil Weinstock

Amy Yoes

Michael Zansky

Auction Artists

Bryan Nash Gill

Harmony Hammond

Andy Mister

Hayal Pozantı

Auction Artwork Information

Click to enlarge and see full images of above works.

Download a PDF of the auction items.

Bryan Nash Gill

English Oak, 2012

19 x 17 inches

Relief print

Courtesy of Gina Gill, BNG Studio, LLC

Value: $3,000

Starting bid: $1,800

Harmony Hammond

Venice Watercolor #2, 2006

13 x 10 1/2 inches

Watercolor and acrylic on handmade paper

Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates

Gift of Harmony Hammond and Alexander Gray Associates

Value: $7,500

Starting bid: $6,000

Andy Mister

Sewn to the Sky, 2021

21 x 16 1/2 inches

Carbon pencil with acrylic and charcoal on paper

Courtesy of the artist

Value: $3,000

Starting bid: $1,800

Hayal Pozanti

59 [SOPO], 2020

14 x 10 inches

Oil on Arches Paper

Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco

Value: $3,500

Starting bid: $2,200


Generous support for Aldrich Undercover is provided by Meadow Ridge.

Media support is provided by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens (CTC&G).