Meadows Masterpiece

Dallas museum adds artful new gala to fall social calendar

Dallas museum adds artful new gala to fall social calendar

Peggy and Carl Sewell, Meadows Museum gala
Peggy and Carl Sewell will be the honorary chairs. Photo courtesy of Meadows Museum
Jay Henry, Pilar Henry, Meadows Museum gala
Pilar Henry will chair the gala. Photo courtesy of Meadows Museum
Museum of the Americas presents "Tribute to Salvador Dali" opening day
The gala will coincide with a Salvador Dali exhibition in the fall. Photo courtesy of Museum of the Americas
Peggy and Carl Sewell, Meadows Museum gala
Jay Henry, Pilar Henry, Meadows Museum gala
Museum of the Americas presents "Tribute to Salvador Dali" opening day

Dallas art lovers and socialites should get out their date books — a new event has arrived. The Meadows Museum will host its inaugural Masterpiece Gala on October 13 at the museum on the Southern Methodist University campus.

Gala proceeds will launch an endowment fund for the Museum’s Director of Education position, the museum says. The event will coincide with the highly anticipated exhibition "Dalí: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936," on view from September 9-December 9, 2018. Taking inspiration from the work of the Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, the theme of the gala will be "The Color of Dreams."

Chaired by Pilar Henry, with Peggy and Carl Sewell serving as honorary chairs, the event will be presented by Sewell Automotive. Decor will be provided by Fleurt by Margaret Ryder.

The black-tie event will include a cocktail reception on the plaza featuring dance performances by SMU students, followed by a seated dinner in the museum’s galleries catered by Cassandra Fine Catering. After dinner, guests will enjoy an exclusive musical performance, dessert buffet, dancing, and live music by Cuvée.

Gala attendees will also have the opportunity to view the Dalí exhibition, which will be composed of nearly two dozen of the artist's small-scale paintings from the height of his Surrealist period, including The Accommodations of Desire (1929, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), The Angelus (c. 1932, Private collection) and The Weaning of Furniture-Nutrition (1934, The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida).

The museum’s Director of Education endowment will ensure strong leadership of its education and outreach efforts, establishing a healthy financial base from which to recruit and retain highly qualified staff and allowing the museum to direct more resources toward programming. 

 The Meadows is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

Sponsorships for the 2018 Meadows Museum Masterpiece Gala range from $2,500-$50,000 and are available now; individual tickets will be available in September. For more information or to purchase a sponsorship, contact meadowsgiving@smu.edu or call 214-768-4189 or visit the event website.