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RECAP: The Blanton’s Off the Wall Gala and Art on The Edge After Party

This past weekend, the Blanton Museum of Art hosted its 2015 gala, Off the Wallan elegant evening honoring outgoing University of Texas President Bill Powers and celebrating the vital role the Blanton plays in the cultural landscape of Austin and destinations way beyond our city limits. The blacktie event was attended by more than 350 supporters of the museum and raised $850,000 to provide essential funding in support of the Blanton’s wide range of programs for students, children, and adults. 
BlantonGala-Judy and Charles Tate
Judy and Charles Tate

“This year’s gala was truly special, remarked Blanton director Simone WichaNot only were we able to honor Bill Powers, a longtime champion of the Blanton and of the arts, but we were also joined in this celebration by hundreds of guests from Texas and across the country. The funds raised at this event will support our exhibitions and programs, and enable us to continue to serve campus and community in innumerable ways.” 
‘Off the Wall’ Dinner Decor
Blanton Gala 2015_Leslie Blanton, Jack Blanton, Jr., Jennifer Ransom-‐‐Rice, David Dewhurst, Kelli Blanton, and Eddy Blanton
Leslie Blanton, Jack Blanton, Jr., Jennifer Ransom Rice, David Dewhurst, Kelli Blanton, and Eddy Blanton
The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception in the Blanton’s Rapoport Atrium where guests mingled and enjoyed a special preview of the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. Afterward, guests made their way across the street to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for a dinner catered by the Four Seasons Austin and decorated to the nines by the dream team at Mandarin Design LabAt the conclusion of the gala, guests returned to the Blanton for Art on the Edge, the museum’s highenergy afterparty. Nearly 600 guests danced the night away to live music by Memphis Train Revue and tunes spun by DJ Mel


Blanton Gala 2015_Anthony Grant and his daughters, Charlotte and Elizabeth Grant
Anthony Grant and his daughters, Charlotte and Elizabeth Grant

Spotted: Austin Mayor Steve AdlerSuzanneDeal BoothAnn S. Butler, Ross Moody, Pam and Boots Willeford, and Candice and Vince Young, plus Lance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli. Also among the luminaries were Houston social powerhouse Carolyn Farb and John Daniels, along with gala event chairs Judy and Charles Tate and Art on the Edge chair Kate Perez, along with husband Hector. Out of state guests included Director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation Jack Shear, with whom the Blanton just announced a major permanent Austin installation. 

BlantonRunway-Candice and Vince Young
Candice and Vince Young
BlantonRunway-John Daniels, Carolyn Farb, Lance Avery Morgan, Rob Giardinelli
John Daniels, Carolyn Farb, Lance Avery Morgan, and Rob Giardinelli



Step and Repeat Photos: AzulOx Visuals  
Gala Design Photos: Jerry Hayes 
 Cocktail party/dinner photos: Kelly Rucker Photography 

Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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