A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s MTV RE:DEFINE Gala & Art Auction. Together we raised $1.6 million for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation AS well as gmf Art programs!


The Event

MTV RE:DEFINE is one of America's most prominent and high profile philanthropic art auctions. Founded in 2011, MTV RE:DEFINE has raised over $12.5m to support HIV prevention and arts education projects. 

The Award

The Goss-Michael Foundation is proud to announce the first annual MTV RE:DEFINE Award, which offers studio funding and exhibition opportunities to a postgraduate fine arts student in their final program year at one of the top 25 graduate art programs in the world.



Meet our 2019 Artist Honoree, Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn (British, born 1964) is a leading contemporary artist who first came to prominence in the early 1990s. Marc Quinn makes art about what it is to be a person living in the world.

Quinn’s current project, Odyssey, opening in late 2019 on the steps of the New York Public Library, is a not-for-profit artwork made from blood donated by more than 5,000 people – with half of these volunteers being refugees. Odyssey is created to heighten awareness of the global refugee crisis and to raise millions of dollars for those whose lives are affected by it. Get Human: www.bloodcube.org


Event Chair, Sami Abboud

Sami joined the Private Bank at Merrill Lynch in 1999. Responsible for business development, Sami serves as a Vice President and an architect of his team’s investment approach and focuses on the ultra-high-net-worth segment by drawing on his years of experience to deliver tailored strategic plans and asset allocations to each of his client’s goals.

Sami served as a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and was on the board of DIFFA/Dallas, one of the largest fundraising local charities that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations within the North Texas community. Sami was also involved with the Children’s Medical Center’s ARMS Clinic, and enjoys tennis, traveling, and fitness training.


Art Chairs, Jonny Burt/Joe Kennedy

At the age of 23, feeling disenfranchised and disillusioned with the art world, longtime friends Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt decided to stage an art exhibition. In the years since, they built Unit London, 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.

Adopting progressive communication strategies, and with no prior experience in selling art, Joe and Jonny have never identified with the traditional art world, setting out with a belief in operating "their own way" and striving to innovate the ways in which contemporary art is culturally perceived, acquired, and engaged with.

2019 Host Committee

Judy Aldridge

Moll & Charlie Anderson

Anais Assoun

Emir Bahadir

Brian Bolke & Faisal Halum

Zoe & 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 Hartnett

Jennifer & Tom Karol

Elisabeth & Panos Karpidas

Elaine Kartalis

Liz & Scott Kimple

Laura & Rick Lear

Muffin & John Lemak

Karla & Mark McKinley

Ann & John McReynolds

Jan Miller & Jeff Rich

David Nichols

Jessica Nowitzki

Ana Pettus

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