Blanton 2013 GalaSince moving to its two-building complex in 2006, the Blanton Museum has dazzled art supporters from San Antonio to Dallas to New York City and back, with their biennial galas, which fund the Blanton’s exhibitions and programs in service to both residents and visitors to our beloved city. This year’s Gala, Off the Wall, will be no different, honoring University of Texas President Bill Powers and pulling together art lovers from all over the country. This year however, adds a new element to the event, the Art on the Edge after-party. It’s been my honor to be part of the planning of this event, created for the younger generation of Blanton supporters, and as we enter our final week of preparation, I want to thank you in advance for your attendance and give you an idea of what to expect this Saturday…

Blanton 2013 GalaThis year the Blanton has given the Art on the Edge after-party its own new personality. This event is a chic, younger and fresher approach to engaging with arts lovers. It will not only give guests the opportunity to get a preview of the upcoming exhibition, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, but also gives them the opportunity to dance the night away with every generation of Blanton supporters. The event features DJ Mel and live music by the Memphis Train Revue, an award winning Motown cover band that incorporates popular music as well as classic party favorites, so expect to be showing off your best moves with tunes from Michael Jackson and Huey Lewis, as well as your current favorites. Mix and mingle with other black-tie clad attendees and let loose for photo booth pics, lite bites by Word of Mouth catering, drinks from Real Ale Brewing and of course signature cocktails from Austin’s very own Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Blanton 2013 GalaThis is only the second year the after-party has been open to the public, bringing in a new generation of supporters from the Austin community. Young professionals and seasoned leaders alike have signed up to be a part of the inaugural host committee in an effort to establish the Art on the Edge party as a staple among Austin’s ongoing arts fundraising events. The Blanton offers an amazing permanent collection, one that I used to visit frequently as an undergrad studying Art History when it was housed at the Archer M. Huntington Gallery located at the Harry Ransom Center! They’ve come a long way since then. Support from the community for events like this continues to give the Blanton the opportunity to bring a wealth of education and rich exhibitions to the Austin community. We hope you will join us this weekend in support of establishing a new staple event for the museum’s fundraising initiatives. Come be a part of a lively and dynamic group and share in a fantastic evening in support of the Austin arts community.

Tickets are available until Saturday, February 7 at 12PM or until we sell out, whichever comes first. So go ahead and get yours to secure your admission to what will be one of the best parties of the year! Visit our website to purchase your tickets and get more details.

Special thanks to our 2015 Host Committee: A.J. Bingham, Alexandra Beck, Samantha and Stuart Bernstein, Rachel Charlesworth, Meghan and Stephen Elwell, Lindsey Gehrig, Shaady Ghadessy, Emily House, Laura Villagran Johnson, Yvette Ruiz, Kevin Smothers, Ryan Steed and Taylor Terkel.

Kate PerezKate Perez is the inaugural host committee chair for the Art on the Edge Gala after-party.  She works for Cisco systems managing global marketing campaigns and is currently in her last semester as a student at the McCombs School of Business pursuing her Executive MBA. Over the past few years she has been involved in a variety of arts and philanthropic organizations in the Austin community including Ballet Austin, Symphony BATS, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Greenlights 501 Council, Texas Conference for Women and Leadership Austin.  Kate is a graduate of UT Austin with a B.A. in Economics. She and her husband Hector were just married in September of last year

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