San Antonio Museum Of Art Honors City’s Culture Makers

By Shannon Miller Turner
Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SCENE: The San Antonio Museum of Art recently honored former Mayor and
longtime Board member, Lila Cockrell with an art lover’s dream of an evening. The gala highlighted Mayor Cockrell’s indefatigable work in the early 1990’s that convinced then-Mayor Nelson Wolff and the San Antonio City Council to make the dream a reality with the subsequent construction of the Latin American Art Center, built using funds from a bond issue at the urging of Mayor Cockrell.

THE VIBE: Almost 350 guests gathered in the museum’s Cowden Gallery and adjacent outdoor Cowden Alcove to celebrate the evening’s honoree in grand style. The gala’s theme, The Power of Art, was evident upon entry, as the décor was an absolute showstopper. Over 1,800 roses, each individually suspended from a custom-made grid spanning the entire ceiling, cast a romantically artistic mood over the entire scene. The room vibrated with the roses’ dewy colors and color-coordinated linens. The lighting and centerpieces below morphed into a synchronized design from one side of the room to the other culminating in a beautiful buttery yellow palette in the center of the room.

THE CAUSE: The event was chaired by Louree and Bill Greehey and the mission of the San Antonio Museum of Art is to present to its audience significant artistic achievements of the world’s cultures from ancient times to the present.

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