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RECAP: Art on the Edge

Benefiting The Blanton Museum of Art

What began as an after-party to the bi-annual Blanton Museum of Art Gala, Art on the Edge stepped into the spotlight this year as a stand alone event. Hordes of the city’s social movers and arts supporters descended on the museum for a fun packed evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Akoi (spraytx artist)
Mr. and Mrs. Lucas Akoi, SprATX Artists

Positioned around the opening of the Blanton’s Come As You Are: Art of the 1990’sthe event attracted more than 400 revelers who mixed, mingled, noshed and sipped the night away. With full access to the exhibition, guests slipped seamlessly between the party and the more quiet environs of the galleries.

Adam Dorsey, Alex Larsen, and Susan Griffin
Adam Dorsey, Alex Larsen and Susan Griffin

DJ Mel spun tunes before and in between sets from Memphis Train Review throughout the night. An upstairs photo booth kept patrons engaged while a vodka lounge upstairs and a massive downstairs bar quenched the thirsts of the collective masses.

When the clock struck midnight, most in the still-packed house kept dancing … not wanting the night to end.


Host Committee co-chair Kate Perez assembled a crack committee of influencers (including the team from Austin Social Planner), who helped set the mood and drove up attendance numbers in an effort to fund the Blanton’s education programs.

Suffice to say that Art on the Edge now stands on its own as one of the must-attend spring events. We can’t wait until next year!

Sidney and Paul Pan (Art on the Edge Host Committee members)
Sidney and Paul Pan, Art on the Edge Host Committee members


Thomas Swafford and Allison Miller, and Stacey and Brian Kaleh
Thomas Swafford , Allison Miller, and Stacey & Brian Kaleh


Alie Cline and Kathleen Brady Stimpert
Alie Cline and Kathleen Brady Stimpert

photos by McLendon Photography & Lisa Hause, Waterloo Studios

Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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