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Blanton Museum's 2019 gala delivers beautiful surprise to Austin art world

Blanton Museum gala delivers beautiful surprise to Austin art world

Blanton Gala 2019
Simone Wicha, Elle Moody, Ross Moody, and Greg Fenves. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Suzanne McFayden and Debbie Dupre. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Lise Ragbir and Joyce Christian. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Sylvia Orozco, Carlos González Gutiérrez, and Alina Flores. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Maya Nairn, Bettina Barrow, and Brian Barrow. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Texas Cowboy Landon Hackley and Olivia Walton. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Ross and Elle Moody. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Nora and Ricky Brown. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Susan MacTavish Best, LeMel Humes, and Suzanne Deal Booth. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Samantha Halloran, Julie and Bruce Knox, and Lora Reynolds. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Ari and Kellie Rastegar. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Gala 2019
Charles Matthews, Judy Tate, and Pat Oles. Photo courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
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Blanton Gala 2019
Blanton Gala 2019

What: The Blanton Museum of Art 2019 Gala

Where: The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin

The lowdown: On February 9, Austin A-listers, UT bigwigs, and international art patrons gathered on the university's grounds in honor of the Blanton Museum of Art. This year, under the shadow of Ellsworth Kelly's Austin and with a crystal clear view of the Texas State Capitol, guests mixed and mingled — and raised $800,000 in support of the artful institution.

At any other event, the raising of $800,000 would be the big news, but UT President Gregory Fenves, Blanton Director Simone Wicha, and Elle Moody of the Moody Foundation had an even bigger surprise. The Moody Foundation, it was announced, has earmarked $20 million for the Blanton — the largest gift ever awarded to a member of Austin's fine arts community. 

Following the news, local luminaries perused the Blanton's newest exhibition, "Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton," before gathering in the courtyard — the same courtyard that will be transformed thanks to the Moody Foundation. Under a clear tent decorated in dramatic red florals by Flora Feteish and design elements created by Austin-based Frank & Victor, guests dined on an exquisite dinner from chef Elmar Prambs of the Four Seasons Austin. 

Who: Steve Adler, Sylvia OrozcoCarlos González GutiérrezAlina FloresMaya NairnBettina BarrowBrian BarrowLise RagbirSuzanne McFaydenDebbie DupreJoyce ChristianRoss MoodyElle MoodyLandon HackleyJuan MiróRosa RiveraOlivia WaltonSamantha Halloran, Julie and Bruce Knox, Lora Reynolds, Janet and Wilson AllenLeslie and Jack Blanton, Jr.Suzanne Deal BoothSarah and Ernest Butler.