MAD Collar Party 2018

Saturday, July 28,  6-10pm                                                                            Collar Works' Anti-Gala
$25 advance || $35 at the door

Advanced Tickets on Sale through July 15th

It’s finally summer! And what would a Collar Works summer be without our second annual MAD Collar Party? Join us for a night of good old-fashioned fun in the gallery, when the outdoors come indoors for our midsummer party packed with tailgating flair and time-honored backyard traditions! Let’s come together to have some fun and raise some mad cash for a stellar cause!

  • BBQ-style eats + treats                                          

  • Cash bar

  • Art Yard Sale

  • Backyard games + Indoor Mini Golf

  • Music + Beats

  • MAD Collar Competition + Cash Prizes


ART YARD SALE During our MAD Collar Party, Collar Works will host an ART YARD SALE, a special one-night-only exhibit of affordable small works by talented local artists! It will be a fantastic opportunity to snag an amazing work of art for your collection, support local artists + help grow Collar Works' Artist Fund, which allows us to support the development of new works, opportunities or site-specific projects by emerging and underrepresented artists.  Proceeds will be split 50/50 with artists. 

MAD COLLAR COMPETITION Come decked out in your own eccentrically designed, detachable collars and enter the MAD Collar Competition (after all, we do call an historic collar factory in the Collar City home). Cash prizes will be awarded, and with this inventive crowd we know we’ll see some creativity. Need a little inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Board. Want to win? Our victors are chosen by the crowd, so bring your friends to cheer you on and make the most noise!

Why “MAD”? Collar Works has never followed the well-trodden path, and the works showcased within our walls embody that same energy. Our roots as a contemporary arts space began in a collar factory in the Collar City, and when we thought of the kind of party we wanted to throw, the words eccentric, outlandish, weird, and fun came to mind; thus the MAD Collar Party was born. Irreverent but clever, adventurous but thoughtful, provocative yet delightful: these are the tenets of how we cultivate exhibitions, craft events, and make friends. Join us.

Does the contest cost anything? There’s no cost for entering the contest other than buying a ticket to the event and any cost of materials/effort you use to make your collar.

What do I have to do to be eligible to win? Showcase your collar design at the Anti-Gala MAD Collar Party at Collar Works and rouse the crowd for the largest applause! Winners will receive cash prizes!

A HUGE THANK YOU to our 2018 MAD Collar Party Sponsors

Rare Form Brewing Company

Capital Wine

Albany Distilling Company

Bella Enzo by D&L Hospitality

The Humble Chef

Sweet Sue's Copper Pot


Nani's Ice Tea


Big Box Wood

Nicky Lightz

97.7 WEXT

and more!


Our inaugural MAD Collar Party was a huge success thanks to our community of supporters and our sponsors!

The outdoors were brought indoors in the first even midsummer anti-gala — complete with great music, tailgating flair, a wildly successful art yard sale and time-honored backyard happenings. The North & South Dakotas and The Abyssmals rocked the after party benefit concert at The Hangar on the Hudson, where an array of intricate, eccentric — and even conceptual — MAD Collar Contest participants joined us on the stage, and winners were proclaimed.

Thanks to our 2017 party sponsors: 
Exit 97.7 WEXT
The Hangar on the Hudson
Ale House
Rare Form Brewing Company