2017 Blanton Gala

This historic evening celebrated the unveiling of the museum’s renovated and reinstalled permanent collection galleries.  Gala guests had the exclusive opportunity to preview the dynamic new presentation and enjoyed a lively and elegant evening in the galleries.  The Gala also recognized the continuous passion, energy, and generosity of National Leadership Board members Jeanne and Michael L. Klein.  Their dedication has helped transform the Blanton into the distinguished museum it is today and continues to inspire others.

The black-tie event was attended by more than 400 supporters of the museum, and the event raised over $1 million, providing essential funding for the Blanton’s wide-ranging exhibitions and educational programs.


Austin Co-Chairs

Sabrina Brown
Jocelyn Hornblower
Fredericka Middleton

Regional Chairs

Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Houston
Sally and Tom Dunning, Dallas
Anthony Grant, New York
Shannon and Mark Hart, Fort Worth
Jenny and Trey Laird, New York
Virginia Lebermann, Marfa
Anthony and Celeste Meier, San Francisco
Marlene Nathan Meyerson (1940-2017), Santa Fe
Kit Moncrief, Fort Worth
Jack Shear, Spencertown, NY
Darren Walker and David Beitzel, New York

Graphic Design

Frank & Victor


Austin Way

In-Kind Sponsors

CSI & Capital Spectrum
Mandarin Design Lab
Neiman Marcus
Edwards Media
Ilios Lighting
Martine Honeysuckle
9 Banded Whiskey
Real Ale Brewing Company
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Roxor Artisan Gin

Cuisine, Crave Catering
Flowers, Mandarin Design Lab
Settings, Premiere Events
Cocktail Music, Austin Oddities
Dancing Music, Sauce the Band
Opera Singer, Jenuine Cello