The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) recently announced local philanthropists Ann and Lee Hobson will serve as chairs of the 2017 Art Ball and unveiled “All That Glitters” as the theme of the annual fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Museum in downtown Dallas. Proceeds from the event will support the DMA’s commitment to providing free access to its world-renowned collection, as well as various exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year.
“I’m very proud to be part of an event that supports the DMA, especially its commitment to free general admission, access, and educational programming. All of the money raised by the Art Ball goes to toward the operating budget that supports access to art,” Ms. Hobson said. “Unfettered access to art is a cause that is very near to my heart, and it is my hope that this year’s Art Ball will allow us to share the Museum’s beautiful collection and educational resources with more visitors than ever before in 2017.”
Selected by the Hobsons, this year’s theme will embrace the romantic overtones and colors of a Parisian spring and was inspired by one of the Museum’s most recent acquisitions, Flowers in a Vase with Two Doves, by nineteenth-century French painter François Lepage. With the assistance of Todd Fiscus of Todd Events, the ethereal scene will be brought to life with extravagant floral displays, ambient music of the period and decadent shades of blue, soft lavender and ivory.
The evening will commence with a cocktail hour inspired by one of the Champs-Élysées’ most iconic landmarks, The Grand Palais. The internationally esteemed gallery was erected for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and annually welcomes more than two million visitors to revel in the glory and grandeur of French art.
Art Ball 2017 will feature a luxury live auction, sponsored by Christie’s. The live auction will be curated by Live Auction Chairs Merry Vose and Rajan Patel and will include an array of opulent items, such as: once-in-a-lifetime travel packages, curated culinary experiences, and unique entertainment opportunities. The evening will feature a lavish multi-course seated dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering. After dinner, an element of surprise has been added to the celebration. The DMA has announced they will not reveal the theme or any after dinner details, but promise instead to deliver “Texas-sized surprises” exclusively for Art Ball patrons invited to attend the late-night festivities.
Noted sponsors in place for the evening include: AT&T, Christie’s, Curtis Specialized Moving and Storage, Dallas Art Fair Foundation, Delivery Limited, Inc., Forty Five Ten, Highland Park Village, J.P. Morgan, Jennifer and John Eagle/John Eagle Dealerships, Melissa and Trevor Fetter/Tenet Healthcare, Neiman Marcus, Peggy and Carl Sewell/Sewell Automotive Companies, Sidley Austin LLP, Stanley Korshak, Modern Luxury Dallas and My Sweet Charity.
Over the past 20 years, the DMA’s Art Ball has raised more than $27 million to support the Museum’s mission of engaging and educating the community through art. Last year’s event raised $1.3 million in net revenue, and the 2017 gala is expected to continue the strong tradition of giving, which has greatly benefitted the Museum and its visitors for more than 50 years.
ABOUT THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 23,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the nation’s largest arts district, the Museum acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. Since the Museum’s return to free general admission in 2013, the DMA has welcomed more than two and a half million visitors, and enrolled more than 100,000 people in DMA Friends, a free program available to anyone who wishes to join focused on active engagement with the Museum. For more information, visit www.DMA.org.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of Museum Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.