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On Saturday, February 7, the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin hosted its 2015 gala—an elegant evening honoring UT President Bill Powers and celebrating the vital role that the Blanton plays in the cultural landscape of Austin, throughout Texas, and beyond. The black-tie event was attended by more than 350 supporters of the museum and raised $850K to provide essential funding in support of the Blanton’s wide range of programs for students, children, and adults.
“This year’s gala was truly special,” remarked Blanton director Simone Wicha. “Not only were we able to honor Bill Powers, a longtime champion of the Blanton and of the arts, we were joined in this celebration by hundreds of guests from Texas and across the country. We are grateful to our many friends and supporters for helping us pay tribute to Bill in this special way, and for their generous gifts. The funds raised at this event will support our exhibitions and programs, and enable us to continue to serve campus and community in innumerable ways.”
Attendees from Texas and across the country included: Mayor Steve Adler, David Booth, Suzanne Deal Booth, Ann S. Butler, Augie Garrido and Jeannie Grass, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin, Ross Moody, Pam and Boots Willeford, and Vince and Candice Young (Austin); Sally and Tom Dunning, and Libba and John Massey (Dallas); Judy and David Beck, Jack and Leslie Blanton, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Carolyn Farb, and Judy and Charles Tate (Houston); Vicki and Harris Kerr (Midland); and Jenny and Trey Laird, Director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Jack Shear, and artist Donald Moffett (New York).
The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception in the Blanton’s Rapoport Atrium where guests mingled and enjoyed a special preview of Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties—an exhibition of works by sixty artists who used wide ranging aesthetic approaches to address the struggle for civil rights in America. Afterwards, guests were escorted across the street to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for a dinner catered by Chef Elmar Prambs of the Four Seasons, Austin. Mickey Klein, Chair of the Blanton’s National Leadership Board, opened the program with a welcome to all guests. Following, guests dined on a three-course dinner, featuring a main entrée of beef tenderloin, gulf shrimp wrapped sea scallops, Lyonnaise potatoes, grilled asparagus, roasted carrots, and cauliflower. Dinner was followed by remarks from Blanton director Simone Wicha who thanked President Powers and gave an overview of the Blanton’s many initiatives—including the museum’s recently announced collaboration with artist Ellsworth Kelly. A special video tribute to President Powers, produced by Edwards Media, was screened and followed by an introduction of the honoree by Mickey Klein. President Powers took the stage and was greeted with a standing ovation before and after his remarks. Dinner concluded with a performance of “The Eyes of Texas” sung by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia choir.
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Thank you for celebrating with the Blanton!