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Dallas Museum of Art Announces $2.25 Million Raised from Untitled: Art Ball 2013

On Saturday, April 13, the 48th annual Art Ball dinner and auction, presented by the Dallas Museum of Art and The Headington Companies on behalf of The Joule Hotel & Retail, raised  $2.25 million with funds benefiting the DMA.

Nearly 800 people attended the sold-out black-tie event, chaired by longtime DMA supporters Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose. Honorary co-chairs for the 2013 event were the Honorable Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, and his wife, Micki Rawlings.

Over the past 14 years, Art Ball has raised more than $20 million to support the Dallas Museum of Art’s mission of engaging and educating the community.

The Saturday evening gala was designed by Todd Fiscus of TODD Events and began with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction held in the DMA’s Hamon Atrium. The auction offered special one-of-a-kind experiences that included a private ceramics lesson with iconic lifestyle expert Jonathan Adler and attending a Dallas Cowboys home game with NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.

At the conclusion of cocktails, Karol and Rose donned sparkling, sequined gold and silver drum majorette uniforms to lead the Townview Big “D” Marching Band through the Museum, ushering guests to the 15,000-square-foot tented wonderland. The spectacular “tented” ballroom was built around the DMA’s magnificent 45-foot-tall Mark di Suvero sculpture on the Ross Avenue Plaza at the south entrance.

After guests took their seats, Mayor Rawlings introduced the video Downtown Artsy, which parodied the popular PBS Masterpiece Classic television show Downton Abbey. The cast included Art Ball chairs Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose; Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art; John Eagle, President, Board of Trustees, DMA; Olivier Meslay, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, DMA; Cindy Rachofsky, Board of Trustees, DMA; Mayor Mike Rawlings; Deedie Rose , Chairman, Board of Trustees, DMA; and a special cameo by longtime DMA benefactor Margaret McDermott. The video was an entertaining and creative “thank you” to all of the sponsors of Untitled: Art Ball 2013 for their generosity and support.

Guests enjoyed a multi-course seated dinner catered by Cassandra Fine Catering and entertainment sponsored by internationally renowned jeweler Cartier. During dinner, Cartier jewelry was presented on models who strolled throughout the tent, arriving on stage for a finale presentation as part of a live performance by The Dolls with DJ Mia Moretti and violinist Caitlin Moe.

As dinner came to a close, Lydia Fenet, International Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s Auction House, began the live auction, which consisted of nine specialty packages, including an exclusive experience at the opening of the 2013 Venice Biennale and a couture-inspired trip to Amsterdam with designers Viktor & Rolf.

Following dinner and the live auction, Art Ball attendees and special guests moved to a separate tent at the DMA’s Flora Street Entrance for the after party hosted by Classic BMW and BMW of Dallas. The enthusiastic and colorful San Francisco group Pop Rocks commanded the stage and guests danced the night away on the BMW-inspired dance floor built over the Museum’s entrance fountain.

Notable guests included:

  • Jennifer Karol, Co-Chair, Untitled: Art Ball 2013, and her husband, Tom Karol
  • Catherine Rose, Co-Chair, Untitled: Art Ball 2013, and her husband, Will Rose
  • Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art
  • Honorable Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, and his wife, Micki Rawlings

Other VIPs included:

  • Elaine and Neils Agather
  • Anne Bergeron, Associate Director of External Affairs, DMA
  • Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum
  • Ken Downing
  • Jennifer and John Eagle
  • Todd Fiscus
  • Sheryl Adkins-Green and Geoff Green
  • Julie and Ed Hawes
  • Karen and Alan Katz
  • Sheryl and Eric Maas
  • Margaret McDermott
  • Laure and Olivier Meslay, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, DMA
  • Rajan Patel
  • Cindy Rachofsky
  • Deedie and Rusty Rose
  • Lela Rose
  • Viktor and Rolf
  • Capera Ryan
  • Jason Schwartzman and Brady Cunningham
  • Jan and Jim Showers
  • Rachel and Rob Stein, Deputy Director, DMA
  • Marlene and John Sughrue
  • Ann and David Sutherland
  • Merry and Chad Vose
  • Sharon and Michael Young

Art Ball 2013 Sponsor details include:

Event Presenting Sponsor
Headington Companies on behalf of The Joule Hotel & Retail

Dinner Sponsor

After Party Sponsor
Classic BMW and BMW of Dallas

Young Artists Program Sponsor
The Gene and Jerry Jones Family

Entertainment Sponsor
Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers

Floral and Décor Sponsor
Faye Briggs

Patron Party Sponsor
Jennifer and John Eagle | Aston Martin of Dallas

Auction Technology Sponsor

Live Auction Sponsor
Christie’s Auction House | Capera Ryan

DMA Graduate Student Art Ball Prize Sponsor
Dallas Art Fair

Silent Auction Sponsor
Delivery Limited, Inc.

Financial Services Sponsor
JPMorgan Chase

Red Carpet Sponsor
Neiman Marcus

Gift Bag Sponsor
David Sutherland Showroom

Golden Ticket Sponsor
Grange Hall

Catalog Sponsor
Jan and Jim Showers
Sharon and Michael Young

Program of Events Sponsor
Peggy and Carl Sewell

Sweet Dreams Sponsor
Julie and Ed Hawes
Merry and Chad Vose

Evergreen Sponsor
Southern Botanical

Security Sponsor
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Announcement Party Sponsor
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Claire Dewar

Valet Sponsor
Chubb Personal Insurance

Cocktail Party Sponsor
SODA Bar at NYLO Dallas South Side

Patron Party Fashion Sponsor

Spirits and Wine Sponsor
Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods

Travel Sponsor
Jim Strong | Strong Travel

Media Sponsor
FD Luxe

Event Production Sponsor
Todd Events

Official Airline
American Airlines

In-Kind Donors
Dude Sweet Chocolate
Todd Events
Top Pot Doughnuts

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 22,000 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 DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Mission Statement

The Dallas Museum of Art is both a responsible steward of cultural heritage and a trusted advocate for the essential place of art in the lives of people locally and around the globe. The DMA is transparent, ethical, and takes informed risks. It promotes research, dialogue, and public participation, helping to reveal the insights of artists from every continent over the last 5,000 years.

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