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Governor Greg Abbott

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Blanton Museum Hosts Gala Opening Of Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin That Places City On The International Arts Stage  

By Rob Giardinelli       Photography by Julie Skarratt Photography and Ann Alva Wieding

THE SCENE: Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art was the recent setting to celebrate a moment that will mark the moment Texas’ capital city became a world-class destination for the arts. In the widely anticipated event, over 300 of the top art collectors, gallerists and museum curators from Texas and around the world celebrated the opening of the late Ellsworth Kelly’s permanent installation at the Blanton, aptly titled Austin.

THE VIBE: The evening began with a cocktail hour where partygoers were able to venture into the stunning 2,715 square foot permanent exhibit that stands on the Blanton campus. After viewing the awe-inspiring masterpiece, patrons then ventured into the main museum where VIPs rubbed elbows and shared stories of one of the most celebrated artists of the past century.

The festivities continued as the action moved to a tent on the Blanton grounds for the evening’s program. As guests dined on a delectable meal catered by chef Elmer Prambs, each of the evenings hosts’ shared personal anecdotes and toasted Kelly, whose influence on the art world will be shared in Texas’ capital city for centuries to come. University of Texas President Greg Fenves, Chairman of the Blanton National Leadership Board Mickey Klein, President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation and Ellsworth Kelly’s husband Jack Shear, and Blanton Museum Director Simone Wicha effortlessly kept the evening moving with their tributes to the artist, whose artwork shall continue inspiring generations of art appreciators.

THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by David Booth, raised over $1.1 million for the Blanton Museum of Art, a world-class art museum in the heart of Texas’ capital city.