DMA’s Art Ball 2017 Smashes Fundraising Record
By Jonathan Spindel
Photography by Tamytha Cameron and George Fiala
THE SCENE: The Dallas Museum of Art hosted yet another dazzling annual Art Ball for Dallas’ glitterati and art aficionados. The evening began with a chic cocktail hour inspired by France’s the Champs-Élysées’ most iconic landmarks, The Grand Palais, where guests enjoyed beats by DJ Souljah and sipped fine wines and cocktails.
Guests were invited into the main tent, where Todd Fiscus of Todd Events brought this year’s nineteenth-century French theme to life. Attendees were treated to a glimpse of Parisian spring with opulent floral displays, ambient music of the period and decadent shades of blue, soft lavender and ivory.
THE VIBE: Once seated, patrons enjoyed a multi-course dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering, which included dazzling details such as Petrossian caviar. The live auction, sponsored by Christie’s, including the opportunity to dine with Bavarian royalty, coveted seats at top designer shows during Paris Fashion Week and a weeklong stay at a sprawling chateau in the French countryside. The auction brought in $460,000, making it the highest grossing live auction in the event’s history.
Guest were invited to stay for an after party and journey from Paris, France to Paris, Texas. The cocktail lounge was transformed into a honky-tonk with gold glittering walls and neon lighting, making for an unforgettably deluxe southwest vibe. Guests danced to live music by The Roof Raisers and enjoyed HALL Wines’ most anticipated red varietal.
THE CAUSE: The 52nd annual gala, chaired by Ann and Lee Hobson, raised more than $1.3 million to support the Dallas Museum of Art’s mission of engaging and educating the community through art. This year’s event continued the strong tradition of giving, which has benefitted the Museum and its visitors for more than 50 years.