The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in collaboration with The Goss-Michael Foundation, is pleased to announce the MTV RE:DEFINE 2019 benefit will took place on Friday, March 29, 2019, at The Statler Dallas, an iconic and historically significant hotel in downtown Dallas, TX. 

The gala event, chaired by Merrill Lynch Dallas Vice President Sami Abboud, co-hosted by MTV RE:DEFINE co-founders Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, will honor celebrated artist and longtime MTV RE:DEFINE supporter Marc Quinn. The evening will include a seated dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Statler Hotel and a curated contemporary art and luxury item auction.

The Goss-Michael Foundation is also proud to announce the first annual MTV RE:DEFINE Award, which has been established to recognize excellence in contemporary art by a postgraduate fine arts student. Students in their final program year from the current top twenty-five fine arts programs across the globe may submit their work for consideration. More details on the award and how to submit entries can be found on The Goss-Michael Foundation website.

“The MTV RE:DEFINE Award is designed to provide a bridge of financial support and meaningful connections for an emerging artist from one of the world’s premier scholastic art programs as they transition into their professional career.  We look forward to this inaugural award, which will put a spotlight on an up and coming artist,” said Kenny Goss, co-founder of The Goss-Michael Foundation and co-host/co-founder of MTV RE:DEFINE, along with his sister-in-law Joyce Goss.

“The millions of dollars we have raised to date in Dallas is testament to the generosity of MTV RE:DEFINE supporters, artists and galleries. The funds go to support the programs of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation whose mission is to ensure that young people globally are able to make informed choices about their own sexual and reproductive health”, said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation.  “MTV Staying Alive is not only working toward an HIV-free world, but is doing so by ensuring the conversation is driven by empathy, inclusion and humanity, rather than the stigma and prejudice that has been too much a part of the disease for far too long”. 

Jonny Burt and Joe Kennedy, founders of the forward-thinking London-based Unit London, will serve as Art Chairs for MTV RE:DEFINE 2019. They have built a gallery which is anything but traditional, garnering a global audience of millions of art collectors, curators and enthusiasts, and becoming amongst the youngest gallerists in London in the process.

“The momentum we have achieved over the past weeks with confirmation of Marc Quinn, the support of The Statler Dallas and Unit London insures that our 2019 MTV RE:DEFINE will be a success, raising needed money for the outstanding work of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and for the educational and emerging artists programming at The Goss-Michael Foundation,” said Joyce Goss, co-host/co-founder, MTV RE:DEFINE, along with her brother-in-law Kenny Goss.

With the support of Merrill Lynch Private Bank in Dallas, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation Grant is aimed at young people working within HIV prevention in North Texas. The grant comes with multi-year funding (up to US $12,500/year), MTV Staying Alive training materials (including copies of MTV Shuga and training guides), a small fund to buy technical media equipment, a personal grant manager, as well as training and development.

Sami Abboud, Vice President, Business Development at Merrill Lynch Private Bank in Dallas, said, “My team and I are committed to making our community a better place. HIV has devastated so many lives and we want to help the next generation stem the tide. Together we can all make a difference.”

Marc Quinn (British, born 1964) is a leading contemporary artist. He first came to prominence in the early 1990s, when he and several peers redefined what it was to make and experience contemporary art. Marc Quinn makes art about what it is to be a person living in the world – whether it concerns Man’s relationship with nature and how that is mediated by human desire; or what identity and beauty mean and why people are compelled to transform theirs; or representing current, social history in his work. His work also connects frequently and meaningfully with art history, from Modern masters right back to antiquity.    

Quinn came to prominence in 1991 with his sculpture Self (1991), a cast of the artist’s head, made entirely of his blood, which is frozen and kept at sub-zero temperatures by its own refrigerated display unit. It is the purest form of self-portrait (being of the artist - both in appearance and material) but also a comment on Man’s need for infrastructure, as the sculpture is kept ‘alive’ only by a mains electricity supply. This symbolism can be substituted for other forms of dependence, not least addiction - something the artist experienced early in his career.  

He has recently announced a major public artwork in aid of refugees, which is gaining international attention.  Opening in late 2019 on the steps of the New York Public Library, Odyssey is a not-for-profit artwork by Marc, from blood donated by more than 5,000 people – with half of these volunteers being refugees. Odyssey is made with refugees and to help refugees: it is created to heighten awareness of the global refugee crisis and to raise millions of dollars for those whose lives are affected by it. 

Since 2011, MTV RE:DEFINE has been recognized as a premiere exhibition and auction in Dallas, TX, raising over $12.5 million for HIV prevention through MTV Staying Alive, and the Dallas arts community. This has been made possible thanks to contributions from many of the world’s leading artists including Marc Quinn, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Nate Lowman, Sterling Ruby, Damien Hirst, Sarah Morris, Theaster Gates and Kenny Scharf among others.

For sponsorship information contact Joyce Goss,

Chair: Sami Abboud

Co-hosts: Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss

Ambassadors: Brooke Davenport, Kari Schlegel-Kloewer, Jessica Nowitzki, Krystal Schlegel, Maxine Trowbridge, Anna-Sophia VanZweden, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman,

Host Committee:  Judy Aldridge, Moll and Charlie Anderson, Anais Assoun, Emir Bahadir, Brian Bolke & Faisal Halum, Zoe and David Bonnette, Kary & Eduardo Brittingham, Rebecca & Ken Bruder, Gonzalo Bueno & Michael McCray, Barbara Buzzell, Jane & Bill Corbellini, Brooke & Blake Davenport, Cary & Mark Deuber, Heidi & Bill Dillon, Claire & Dwight Emanuelson, Melissa Enriquez & Brian Ramos, Jenny Esping, Elizabeth Esteve, Lea Fisher & JD Miller, Sue & Jimmy Gragg, Robert Hallam, Jr., Tammy Harnett, Jennifer & Tom Karol,  Elisabeth & Panos Karpidas, Elaine Kartalis, Liz & Scott Kimple, Muffin & John Lemak, Laura & Rick Lear, Karla & Mark McKinley, Ann & John McReynolds, Jan Miller & Jeff Rich, David Nichols, Jessica Nowitzki, Selwyn Rayzor & Rich Moses, Beth Redmond, Capera Ryan, Vinita & Jim Schroeder, Chuck Steelman & Scott Kehn, Anne & Steve Stodghill, Leisa Street, Joanne & Charles Teichman, Dara & Jeff Tillotson, Maxine & Ben Trowbridge, Stacey Verbeek, Shelby Wagner & Niven Morgan, Natalie Wilkison & Andrew Parmentier, Amy & Bruce Williams, Jane & Don Weempe, Christen Wilson


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