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Co-Chairs of Art Ball 2013 Announce Theme and Gala Details

Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose, the co-chairs for Art Ball 2013 benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), announced the creative theme, details and sponsors secured to date for the 48th annual gala which will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013.  The private announcement reception was held on October 3rd at the stunning contemporary art-filled home of longtime DMA benefactors Gayle and Paul Stoffel and was sponsored by Claire Dewar of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, offered special remarks about the upcoming event which is one of the DMA’s largest annual fundraisers.  In 2012, Art Ball raised more than $2 million.  Dr. Anderson also had the pleasure of introducing Art Ball 2013 Honorary Chairmen, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and his wife, Micki Rawlings.

The theme, unveiled by the co-chairs, is Untitled.  Working with noted event designer, Todd Fiscus, Mrs. Karol and Mrs. Rose have created a multi-faceted evening which will begin at the Dallas Museum of Art and move to a gala tent in the adjacent Klyde Warren Park.

“We hope that each part of the evening, from the auction to the seated dinner, will have moments that bring the entire crowd together in celebration of the Dallas Museum of Art,” said Catherine Rose, co-chair of Art Ball and a DMA Trustee. “It is our hope that Art Ball 2013 makes a lasting impression on each guest and reaffirms the importance of having a great art museum in our great city.”

“Catherine and I desired a theme that was evocative and not literal, something that allowed the entire Art Ball experience to be an unexpected, memorable and lively event,” said Art Ball co-chair Jennifer Karol. “The theme makes you pause and wonder – what really is going to happen on April 13, 2013?”

The Headington Companies on behalf of the Joule is the Presenting Sponsor of Art Ball 2013.  The evening will begin with luxury silent and live auctions held inside the DMA.  Each special item or experience offered in the auctions will be one of a kind, not available anywhere else but on that April evening.  Art Ball guests wishing to continue bidding on silent auction items as the evening progresses will be able to do so via a smart phone application created specifically for the event and sponsored by AT&T.

At the conclusion of the live auction, guests will be escorted from the DMA to a tented wonderland in the midst of Klyde Warren Park where they will enjoy a multi-course seated dinner by Cassandra Fine Catering and underwritten by Cartier.  Following dinner, Art Ball attendees and special guests will be ushered into another part of the gala tent to discover a dynamic, high-energy after party.

Additional sponsor details announced for Art Ball 2013 include:

  • Event Presenting Sponsor: Headington Companies on behalf of the Joule
  • Dinner Sponsor: Cartier
  • Young Artist Program Sponsor: The Gene and Jerry Jones Family
  • Auction Technology Sponsor: AT&T
  • Announcement Party Sponsor: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, International Realty | Claire Dewar
  • Live Auction Sponsor: Christie’s Auction House | Capera Ryan
  • DMA Art Ball Graduate Student Art Prize Sponsor: Dallas Art Fair
  • Silent Auction Sponsor: Delivery Limited, Inc.
  • Financial Services Sponso: J.P. Morgan
  • Gift Bag Sponsor: David Sutherland Showroom
  • Golden Ticket Sponsor: Grange Hall
  • Auction Paddle Sponsor: Museum Tower
  • Red Carpet Sponsor: Neiman Marcus
  • Program of Events Sponsor: Peggy and Carl Sewell
  • Evergreen Sponsor: Southern Botanical
  • Security Sponsor: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Official Airline: American Airlines
  • Media Sponsor: F!D Luxe
  • Printing Sponsor: Lincoln Press

About the Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and 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.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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