Form & Function

Dallas Museum of Art designs dazzling spring gala for picture-perfect evening

Dallas Museum of Art designs dazzling gala for picture-perfect evening

Scott Smetko, Ashley Smetko
Scott Smetko, Ashley Smetko Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lisa Robbins, Kimberly Rosenbaum
Lisa Robbins, Kimberly Rosenbaum Photo by WJNPHOTO
Molly Bruder, Hollie Lamont, Christina Bird
Molly Bruder, Hallie Lamont, Christina Bird Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lindsey Collins, Amanda Shufeldt
Lindsey Collins, Amanda Shufeldt Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kara Goss, Randall Goss
Kara Goss, Randall Goss Photo by WJNPHOTO
Meredith Plunkett, Mark Plunkett
Meredith Plunkett, Mark Plunkett Photo by WJNPHOTO
Erin Duvall, Clane LaCrosse
Erin Duvall, Clane LaCrosse Photo by WJNPHOTO
Charlie Anderson, Moll Anderson
Charlie Anderson, Moll Anderson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nancy Neuhoff, Ben Kelley
Nancy Neuhoff, Ben Kelley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Abigail Rust, James Rust
Abigail Rust, James Rust Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ashley Freeman, Brandon Freeman
Ashley Freeman, Brandon Freeman Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dhruv Narayanan, Prisha Gaddam
Dhruv Narayanan, Prisha Gaddam Photo by WJNPHOTO
Blake Wright, Fred Holston
Blake Wright, Fred Holston Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Huntley, Catherine Rose
David Huntley, Catherine Rose Photo by WJNPHOTO
Susan McIntyre, Ingrid Van Haastrecht, Kim Bryan
Susan McIntyre, Ingrid Van Haastrecht, Kim Bryan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ashley Cathey, Louise Marsh
Ashley Cathey, Louise Marsh Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mary Noel Lamont, Justin Myer, Jake Walton
Mary Noel Lamont, Justin Myer, Jake Walton Photo by WJNPHOTO
Agustín Arteaga (DMA Director), John Dayton, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime
Agustín Arteaga, John Dayton, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alvise Orsini, Tim Adair, Faisal Halum
Alvise Orsini, Tim Adair, Faisal Halum Photo by WJNPHOTO
Itzel Crow, Nathan Crow
Itzel Crow, Nathan Crow Photo by WJNPHOTO
DMA Art Ball 2019
Artists create a mural that guests could help color with chalk. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Natasha Hallam, Andrew Hallam
Natasha Hallam, Andrew Hallam Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kristen Gibbins, Reed Gibbins
Kristen Gibbins, Reed Gibbins Photo by WJNPHOTO
Angelia Venker, Greg Venker
Angelia Venker, Greg Venker Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lindsay Brown, Cindy Brown
Lindsay Brown, Cindy Brown Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tori Ross, Mulford Ross
Tori Ross, Mulford Ross Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jeff Manson, April Manson
Jeff Manson, April Manson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Roslyn Walker, Brendan McGuire, Helen McGuire
Roslyn Walker, Brendan McGuire, Helen McGuire Photo by WJNPHOTO
DMA Art Ball 2019
The Eclipse dancers introduced each segment of the program. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Monica Zambrano, Alana Sada, Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray
Monica Zambrano, Alana Sada, Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray Photo by WJNPHOTO
Eboni Kelley Williams, Hardmon Williams
Eboni Kelley Williams, Hardmon Williams Photo by WJNPHOTO
Elizabeth Davidson, Jackie Davidson
Elizabeth Davidson, Jackie Davidson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lewis Chang, Grace Cook
Lewis Chang, Grace Cook Photo by WJNPHOTO
Scott Smetko, Ashley Smetko
Lisa Robbins, Kimberly Rosenbaum
Molly Bruder, Hollie Lamont, Christina Bird
Lindsey Collins, Amanda Shufeldt
Kara Goss, Randall Goss
Meredith Plunkett, Mark Plunkett
Erin Duvall, Clane LaCrosse
Charlie Anderson, Moll Anderson
Nancy Neuhoff, Ben Kelley
Abigail Rust, James Rust
Ashley Freeman, Brandon Freeman
Dhruv Narayanan, Prisha Gaddam
Blake Wright, Fred Holston
David Huntley, Catherine Rose
Susan McIntyre, Ingrid Van Haastrecht, Kim Bryan
Ashley Cathey, Louise Marsh
Mary Noel Lamont, Justin Myer, Jake Walton
Agustín Arteaga (DMA Director), John Dayton, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime
Alvise Orsini, Tim Adair, Faisal Halum
Itzel Crow, Nathan Crow
DMA Art Ball 2019
Natasha Hallam, Andrew Hallam
Kristen Gibbins, Reed Gibbins
Angelia Venker, Greg Venker
Lindsay Brown, Cindy Brown
Tori Ross, Mulford Ross
Jeff Manson, April Manson
Roslyn Walker, Brendan McGuire, Helen McGuire
DMA Art Ball 2019
Monica Zambrano, Alana Sada, Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray
Eboni Kelley Williams, Hardmon Williams
Elizabeth Davidson, Jackie Davidson
Lewis Chang, Grace Cook

Hundreds of Dallas philanthropists and arts patrons donned their black-tie best for the most beloved gala of spring, Dallas Museum of Art's Art Ball.

Themed "Form + Function — A Celebration of Craftsmanship Throughout the Collection," the DMA's premier fundraiser celebrated the details captured among the museum's vast collection and the materials artists use to create them.

On an unseasonably warm spring evening April 27, ladies picked up their ballgown skirts and made their way, arm-in-arm with their dapper dates, up the stairs and into luxurious tents on the grounds of the DMA. Event planner extraordinaire Todd Fiscus and his team had brought the theme to life with vignettes and a bar installation of varying textures and materials. “Wood, marble, metal, paint, glass, and so much more were used to create texture and space design,” he explained in a post on Instagram.

Before securing a glass of Ruinart bubbly or lining up at the bar for craft cocktails, party-goers posed at the step-and-repeat and cheek-kissed with friends. Those mixing and mingling included Kara Goss, Randall GossCharlie Anderson, Moll AndersonAlvise Orsini, Tim Adair, Faisal HalumAngelia Venker, Greg VenkerItzel Crow, Nathan Crow, Scott Smetko, Ashley SmetkoJessica Nowitzki, and Dirk Nowitzki (looking sharp in a tux but utterly relaxed in retirement).

At the far end of the reception, an opportunity to help color a mural with brightly colored chalk allowed guests to try their own hand at design. Then they could pause at a high-top table and enjoy a bite or two of truffle popcorn.

When the dining tent opened, attendees streamed into a room fairy-tale ballroom, complete with floral installations hanging from the ceiling.

Dancers from a troupe called Eclipse introduced each part of the program with a choreographed vignette shadowed behind a large screen, adding to the mystical ambiance of the night.

Guests were given a warm welcome, via pre-recorded video, by event chairs Lindsey Collins and Amanda Shufeldt, and DMA Director Agustín Arteaga. Big thanks went to all the sponsors, with special recognition for presenting sponsor Headington Companies.

Each course of dinner was a work of art by Cassandra Fine Catering. First came citrus-cured salmon dotted with crème fraiche, caviar, and a delicate crispy potato. Main course was pan-roasted merluza with eggplant, tomato conserva, and water cress butter sauce, embellished with a colorful flower on top. Dessert paired a passion fruit tart with a milk chocolate mousse with dark chocolate bittersweet apricot truffle.

After dinner, auctioneer Robbie Gordy, associate vice president of Christie’s New York, took the stage for a live auction of nine extraordinary items that included a Viking river cruise in Europe; a New York fashion adventure; an art-filled birthday party at the DMA, and more.

Each package was introduced by Eclipse, with a shadowed dance vignette that spelled out a word at the end. Their introduction of a safari in Kenya, for example, created shapes of animals and spelled out “Africa." Bidding for the package got fierce and eventually fetched $50,000.

The most exciting auction moment of the night, though, was a bidding war that broke out for a trip to Mexico with the DMA’s Arteaga. Up to eight people could spend five days exploring the cultural institutions of Mexico City and enjoying fine dinners in private homes. In the end, one trip turned into two, each selling for an astounding $110,000.

To celebrate, servers brought out bottles of Maestro Dobel tequila for each table and a shot for each guest.

In total, the live auction alone raised $393,000.

With the live auction concluded, the after-party could begin, with the beats provided by DJ Elusive. Those who wanted to continue the evening kept the dance floor moving and the bartenders busy.

Not including this year's event, for which fundraising dollars are still being totaled, Art Ball has raised more than $28 million for the DMA. Such support, Arteaga told guests, has allowed the museum to engage nearly 830,000 visitors with free admission, present 31 special exhibitions, and provide access to learning experiences through more than 5,000 free or low-cost programs.

Among those helping to further the Art Ball efforts in 2019 were Natasha Hallam, Andrew Hallam, Kristen Gibbins, Reed Gibbins, John Dayton, Carlos Gonzalez-Jaime, Mary Noel Lamont, Justin Myer, Jake Walton, Susan McIntyre, Ingrid Van Haastrecht, Kim Bryan, David Huntley, Catherine Rose, Blake Wright, Fred Holston, Dhruv Narayanan, Prisha Gaddam, Abigail Rust, James Rust, Erin Duvall, Clane LaCrosse, Ashley Cathey, Louise Marsh, Lisa Robbins, Kimberly Rosenbaum, Nancy Neuhoff, and Ben Kelley.