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John Eagle, Jennifer Eagle, Alden Pinnell, Janelle Pinnell at Nasher 10th anniversary
John Eagle, Jennifer Eagle, Alden Pinnell, Janelle Pinnell Photo by Kristina Bowman
Tiffany Dillard, Malik Dillard at Nasher 10th anniversary
Tiffany Dillard, Malik Dillard Photo by Kristina Bowman
Allen Questrom, Kelli Questrom at Nasher 10th anniversary
Allen Questrom, Kelli Questrom Photo by Kristina Bowman
Rusty Rose, Deedie Rose at Nasher 10th anniversary
Rusty Rose, Deedie Rose Photo by Kristina Bowman
Anna-Sophia van Zweden, Christie Sheffield at Nasher 10th anniversary
Anna-Sophia van Zweden, Christie Sheffield Photo by Kristina Bowman
Katie Deedy, Will Robison, Ugo Rondinone at Nasher 10th anniversary
Katie Deedy, Will Robison, Ugo Rondinone Photo by Kristina Bowman
Marshella Atkins, Tennell Atkins at Nasher 10th anniversary
Marshella Atkins, Tennell Atkins Photo by Kristina Bowman
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson at Nasher 10th anniversary
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson Photo by Kristina Bowman
John Runyon, Lisa Runyon, Jeremy Strick at Nasher 10th anniversary
John Runyon, Lisa Runyon, Jeremy Strick Photo by Kristina Bowman
Carly Grimes, Jayne Grimes at Nasher 10th anniversary
Carly Grimes, Jayne Grimes Photo by Kristina Bowman
Christina Rees, Richard Patterson at Nasher 10th anniversary
Christina Rees, Richard Patterson Photo by Kristina Bowman
Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith at Nasher 10th anniversary
Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith Photo by Kristina Bowman
MIchael Corris, Alfredo Jaar at Nasher 10th anniversary
MIchael Corris, Alfredo Jaar Photo by Kristina Bowman
Margaret McDermott, Jeremy Strick at Nasher 10th anniversary
Margaret McDermott, Jeremy Strick Photo by Kristina Bowman
Lucie Bazin-Asamoah, Chelsea Geiger, Kim White at Nasher 10th anniversary
Lucie Bazin-Asamoah, Chelsea Geiger, Kim White Photo by Kristina Bowman
Howard Hallam, Fanchon Hallam at Nasher 10th anniversary
Howard Hallam, Fanchon Hallam Photo by Kristina Bowman
Mary Cook, Dan Patterson, Wendy Strick at Nasher 10th anniversary
Mary Cook, Dan Patterson, Wendy Strick Photo by Kristina Bowman
John Eagle, Jennifer Eagle, Alden Pinnell, Janelle Pinnell at Nasher 10th anniversary
Tiffany Dillard, Malik Dillard at Nasher 10th anniversary
Allen Questrom, Kelli Questrom at Nasher 10th anniversary
Rusty Rose, Deedie Rose at Nasher 10th anniversary
Anna-Sophia van Zweden, Christie Sheffield at Nasher 10th anniversary
Katie Deedy, Will Robison, Ugo Rondinone at Nasher 10th anniversary
Marshella Atkins, Tennell Atkins at Nasher 10th anniversary
Derek Wilson, Christen Wilson at Nasher 10th anniversary
John Runyon, Lisa Runyon, Jeremy Strick at Nasher 10th anniversary
Carly Grimes, Jayne Grimes at Nasher 10th anniversary
Christina Rees, Richard Patterson at Nasher 10th anniversary
Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith at Nasher 10th anniversary
MIchael Corris, Alfredo Jaar at Nasher 10th anniversary
Margaret McDermott, Jeremy Strick at Nasher 10th anniversary
Lucie Bazin-Asamoah, Chelsea Geiger, Kim White at Nasher 10th anniversary
Howard Hallam, Fanchon Hallam at Nasher 10th anniversary
Mary Cook, Dan Patterson, Wendy Strick at Nasher 10th anniversary

More than 250 arts-minded Dallasites gathered in The Joule’s Mosaic ballroom to commemorate the opening of Nasher Xchange, the first citywide art exhibition held in conjunction with the Nasher Sculpture Center’s 10th anniversary. The setting was apropos, as it overlooked the twinkling lights of downtown Dallas.

The evening began with a spirited champagne reception, followed by a three-course seated dinner. Joining arts patrons — including Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Marguerite Hoffman, Christen and Derek Wilson, Christina Rees, Richard Patterson, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Jennifer and John Eagle, Janelle and Alden Pinnell, Anna-Sophia van Zweden, Christie Sheffield, Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith, and Margaret McDermott — were the local, national and international artists of Xchange, whose works are represented in 10 diverse sites around Dallas.

Nancy Nasher, owner of NorthPark Center and daughter of Raymond and Patsy Nasher, welcomed guests warmly and spoke of continuing her parents’ legacy of making outstanding art accessible to the public. Mayor Mike Rawlings followed and joked about the flood of traffic in the Arts District as throngs of people headed to Aurora 2013.

“I don’t know whether to call the mayor and complain about the traffic or pat him on the back,” Rawlings quipped.

Nasher director Jeremy Strick offered his sincerest thanks to the museum personnel and artists who made the Xchange program possible. The projects range from a “virtual” fountain aimed at raising funds for important Dallas charities to a colorful pier installed at Fish Trap Lake, adjacent to La Reunion, the 1850s utopian community that reaches back to Dallas’ earliest roots.

Information about these pieces, as well as a complete list of artists and all 10 Xchange sites, can be found online or by downloading a free app. The works are on display until February 16, 2014.

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