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Art lovers gather at glam gala in celebration of the Blanton's colorful legacy

Art lovers gather at glam gala to celebrate Blanton's colorful legacy

Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Jack Blanton Leslie Blanton
Elizabeth Blanton, Jack Blanton Jr., Leslie Blanton. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 UT President Bill Powers Kim Heilbrun
Gala honoree UT President Bill Powers and wife Kim Heilbrun. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 John Danielson, Carolyn Farb, Lance Avery Morgan, and Rob Giardinelli.
John Danielson, from left, Carolyn Farb, Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Suzanne Deal Booth
Suzanne Deal Booth and guest. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Jennifer Ransom Rice
Executive Director of Texas Cultural Trust Jennifer Ransom Rice and guest. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson
UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson and Yasmin Patterson. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Dr. Gregory Vincent
Dr. Gregory Vincent. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Candice Young Vince Young
Candice and Vince Young. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Graham Reynolds
Composer Graham Reynolds and guest. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Kelli Blanton Eddy Blanton
Kelli and Eddy Blanton. Photo by AzulOx Visuals
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Simone Wicha
Simone Wicha.  Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Guests
Guests mingling. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 DJ Mel
DJ Mel spins for guests. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Light Bites
Guests enjoyed light bites. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Danielle Nieciag Veronica Roberts
Danielle Nieciag and Veronica Roberts. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Crowd
The crowd at the gala pre-party. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Ashley Beall Vance Sack
Ashley Beall and Vance Sack. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Crowd
Guests head to the Texas State History Museum for the gala. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Winnie Lam Hannah Colwell Connie Lam Stuart Lovinggood
Winne Lam, Hannah Colwell, Connie Lam, Stuart Lovinggood. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Wes Hildebrand ulie Hildebrand Monica Beavers Blake Beavers
Wes Hildebrand, Julie HIldebrand, Monica Beavers, Blake Beavers. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Samantha Reichstein Wendi Reichstein
Samantha Reichstein, Wendi Reichstein. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Lucas Manring Selina Serna
Lucas Manring, Selina Serna. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Erin Gouldie Katie Burcaaga Lauren Polaka
Erin Gouldie, Katie Burcaaga, Lauren Polaka. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Holly McDaniel John McDaniel
Holly McDaniel, John McDaniel. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Memphis Train Revue
Memphis Train Revue performs for guests at the Art on the Edge After Party. Photo by Shelley Neuman
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Jack Blanton Leslie Blanton
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 UT President Bill Powers Kim Heilbrun
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 John Danielson, Carolyn Farb, Lance Avery Morgan, and Rob Giardinelli.
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Suzanne Deal Booth
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Jennifer Ransom Rice
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Dr. Gregory Vincent
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Candice Young Vince Young
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Graham Reynolds
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Kelli Blanton Eddy Blanton
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Simone Wicha
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Guests
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 DJ Mel
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Light Bites
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Danielle Nieciag Veronica Roberts
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Crowd
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Ashley Beall Vance Sack
Blanton Art Museum Off The Wall Gala 2015 Crowd
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Winnie Lam Hannah Colwell Connie Lam Stuart Lovinggood
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Wes Hildebrand ulie Hildebrand Monica Beavers Blake Beavers
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Samantha Reichstein Wendi Reichstein
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Lucas Manring Selina Serna
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Erin Gouldie Katie Burcaaga Lauren Polaka
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Holly McDaniel John McDaniel
Blanton Art Museum Art on the Edge After Party 2015 Memphis Train Revue

Art lovers, Longhorns and artists alike gathered at the Blanton Museum of Art on Saturday for a night of elegance and glam. The colorfully named “Off the Wall” gala revealed the Blanton’s future endeavors, while honoring University of Texas President Bill Powers.  

The evening began with a stellar cocktail hour full of photo ops, open bars and upbeat tunes on the Blanton’s main floor. Guests paraded from cocktail hour to dinner at the Bob Bullock Museum where attendees were transported into a setting as art-inspired as the exhibits themselves.

Hues of purple in the floral centerpieces and lighting made for a classy ambience, while a three-course dinner, prepared by Four Seasons Hotel Chef Elmar Prambs, was full of fresh flavors and indulgent pairings.

During dinner, director Simone Wicha and Michel Klein, chairman of the Blanton National Leadership Board, doted on the man of the hour. The UT president was met with a standing ovation as he took the podium to address the audience. “What a trajectory this museum is on,” Powers said. “Leading UT for these last nine years has been an honor. And having you as friends has been a truly wonderful blessing.”

The gala raised $850,000 for the future funding of new exhibits.

Following dinner, guests returned to the Blanton for the lively “Art on the Edge” after party. The main floor and mezzanine filled with partygoers dressed in their black tie best. Attendees danced to tunes by DJ Mel and the Memphis Train Revue. The after party was the perfect balance of art and edge –– hence its namesake ––  where guests were able to sneak a peek at new exhibit “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties” and “La linea continua: The Judy and Charles Tate Collection of Latin American Art,” strike a pose at the photo booth and grab a cocktail from bars sprinkled throughout the museum. Needless to say, the evening was certainly one to remember.

Among the notable guests spotted on the red carpet were Lance Avery MorganCarolyn FarbSuzanne Deal BoothJennifer Ransom RiceYasmin and Steve PattersonLeslie and Jack Blanton Jr.Candice and Vince YoungKelli and Eddy Blanton