Tampa Museum of Art

CITY Art-a-Porter: Susanne Bartsch

About Susanne Bartsch

The Tampa Museum of Art is proud to present “the queen of New York City nightlife” Susanne Bartsch as the subject of this year’s CITY. Bartsch has been a pioneer on the NYC fashion, art and underground club scene since the 1980s, serving as a friend and muse to legions of game-changing fashion designers such as John Galliano, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

A Kickstarter-funded documentary about her life, @Bartschland, will debut at the Toronto Film Festival this year, “an investigation, the filmmakers say, into her eccentric life, her inclusive ethos, and the constellation of people she’s inspired.” (vogue.com)

In 2015, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) mounted Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, a retrospective of her 30-year career and the designer ensembles inspired by her creativity and the culture she promotes.

Leading up to the CITY event, the Tampa Museum of Art will feature its own exhibition of approximately 35 designer looks, from both FIT’s retrospective and Bartsch’s personal collection, opening July 28, 2017.

Image Credit: Photographer Steven Menendez


About CITY 2017

Art-a-Porter: Susanne Bartsch

An emulsion of fashion and culture, CITY is the signature fashion event at the Tampa Museum of Art that raises over $100,000 annually to bring the art and arts education programs for visitors of all ages to our community.

In 2017, CITY will be a “fashion event” in performance art style, a departure from a typical runway show, with Susanne Bartsch at the epicenter. Interactive vignettes – each created and styled by a different designer – will feature new looks inspired by Bartsch’s eccentric, avant-garde style and her impact on club kid culture, past and present.


Presenting Sponsor

Maureen Daly


Fashion Sponsor

Penny and Jeff Vinik


Premier Sponsor

Frankle Family Foundation


Couture Sponsors

Kenneth P. Pages, M.D. & Ryne T. Gallien

Robin C. Sharp & Annemarie Christino


Design Sponsors

John & Kim Kirtley and Nina & Trey Traviesa

Oxford Exchange


Supporting Sponsors

Connie Gage, Realtor |The Toni Everett Co.

Henderson Lee | The Toni Everett Co.

Fitlife Foods

Dr. Caitilin Martini


When: Saturday, September 9, 2017

VIP reception 7-8p
Main Event 8-10p
Bartschland Afterparty 10p-1a

Where: Tampa Museum of Art

Attendance: 400 guests

Sponsorship: Support of CITY puts you in front of a fashion-conscious, philanthropic audience and ensures you and your guests have reserved seats.

$20,000 Presenting (SOLD)
$15,000 Fashion (SOLD)
$10,000 Premier (Limited availability)
$ 5,000 Couture (Limited availability)
$ 2,500 Design (Limited availability)
$ 1,250 Supporting (Limited availability)


Tickets: VIPs enjoy reserved seating for the main event a private cocktail hour before general admission begins. All tickets include hors d’oeuvres by Eddie V’s, open bar, desserts, valet parking and admission to the Bartschland afterparty.

$250 VIP Ticket | $125 General Admission | $50 Bartschland Afterparty only


Committee: Billy Cole & Pam Wysocki – co-chairs
Allison Casper Adams, Kate Campbell, Haley Rose Cohen, Lynne Couchara, Jorge Fernandez, Connie Gage, Terryle Heffner, Cristina Howell, Dianne Jacob, Susan Johnson, Henderson Everett Lee, Frankie Linsky, Debra Williams McDaniel, Ronda Parag, Kevin Reder, Nancy Seijas-Kipnis, Robin C. Sharp

Corporate Sponsorship: Kasey Sherrick Siegel kasey.siegel@tampamuseum.org or 813.421.8375
Individual Support: Todd Edwards todd.edwards@tampamuseum.org or 813.421.8372
Event Information: Bernadette Casey Bernadette.casey@tampamuseum.org or 813.421.8368
Media Contact: Nancy Seijas-Kipnis nancy.kipnis@tampamuseum.org or 813.421.8374