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Art world gathers to honor Blanton's most influential supporters at celebratory dinner

Art world gathers to honor Blanton's most influential supporters

Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Judy Tate, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Mike Chesser, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Jack Blanton, Leslie Blanton, Ginger Blanton, Eddy Blanton. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Charles Tate, Bill Powers. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Guests salute the University of Texas at Austin. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Bill Powers, Judy Tate, Charles Tate.  Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Larry Faulkner, Annette Carlozzi.  Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Doris Salcedo, Simone Wicha Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Lora Reynolds, Mike Chesser. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event
Blanton Museum Permanent Collection Event

What: Dinner honoring Judy and Charles Tate

Where: The Blanton Museum of Art

The lowdown: Distinguished guests gathered at the Blanton Museum of Art on November 7 to honor Judy and Charles Tate of Houston. Renowned collectors, curators and artists joined distinguished members of the University of Texas community at a dinner celebrating the Tates' ongoing commitment to the museum (and the university at large), including the recent gift of their modern and contemporary Latin American art collection. 

During the evening, UT President Bill Powers announced the establishment of the Judy and Charles Tate Director’s Excellence Fund, a $1 million fund named in honor of the couple. Supported by earnings from the Longhorn Network, the fund will be used to partially underwrite the reinstallation of the Blanton’s permanent collection in 2017. "This fund enables us to do the important work of re-envisioning the installation of our galleries, providing visitors opportunities to experience our permanent collection in fresh and innovative ways," said Blanton Director Simone Wicha

Who: Judy Tate, Charles Tate, Bill Powers, Larry Faulkner, Doris Salcedo, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Greg Fenves, Marilynn Thoma, Carl Thoma, Lynn Coneway, Peter Coneway, Leslie Blanton, Jack Blanton Jr., Ginger Blanton, Eddy Blanton, Lora Reynolds, Jeanne Klein, Mickey Klein, Eliza Stedman and Stuart Stedman