Art Dinner


Save the Date for Art Dinner 2019 – Saturday, April 13th!

Kathleen Irvin Loughlin, President of the Board of Trustees, and Lora Reynolds, Chair of the fifth annual Art Dinner, cordially invite you to an evening benefiting The Contemporary Austin's exhibitions program.

The Art Dinner celebrates The Contemporary Austin's 2018 exhibition season, including projects at Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center on Congress Avenue by artists Huma Bhabha, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rodney McMillian, Nic Nicosia, and Jessica Stockholder.

Please join us.
Friday, April 20, 2018 — Art Dinner

The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703

6P Cocktail Reception celebrating Ragnar Kjartansson's S.S. Hangover

7:30P Dinner service courtesy of Uchi

Followed by Art Auction led by Sotheby's

Musical Performance & Dancing on the Lawn

Elegant attire.
Special Thanks to Our Art Dinner Committee

Lora Reynolds, Chair
Valerie Armstrong
Bettina Barrow
Suzanne Deal Booth
Joe Cole
Kristin Gish
Deborah Green
Jeanne Klein
Kathleen Irvin Loughlin
Lorena Junco Margain
Suzanne McFayden
Fredericka Middleton
Elizabeth Stanley
Jesse Parker Stowell

For more information regarding the event, please contact Sarah Schultz, Events Production Manager, at



The fifth annual Art Dinner's Live and Silent Auctions support the exhibitions program at The Contemporary Austin.

Live and Silent Auction groupings, listing information with estimated values, and high-resolution images for each artwork are available by clicking the Preview Artwork button below:


This year's Live Auction includes works generously donated by Ai Weiwei, Huma Bhabha, Sarah Crowner, Liam Gillick, Jim Hodges, Wangechi Mutu, Tom Sachs, Do Ho Suh, and Marianne Vitale.

Kevin Doyle and Christina Williams of Sotheby's will lead this year's live auction following dinner.
This year's new Silent Auction includes works generously donated by Teresita Fernández, Tom Friedman, Ryan Gander, Ragnar Kjartansson, Nic Nicosia, and Jessica Stockholder.

For the Silent Auction, we will be using Handbid, a mobile platform that allows guests to bid from their smartphone.*

  • Download the Handbid App!
    Click here for the iOS application
    Click here for the Android application
  • Create a simple account and be sure to enable push notifications
  • Search The Contemporary Austin's Art Dinner Auctions and select to preview artworks before the event
  • Begin bidding when the Silent Auction opens at 6P on Friday, April 20th, until 10P!

*Guests without smartphones may participate in the Silent Auction through a web browser by visiting
Auction Preview Dates and Times

Select auction artworks will be available for preview at Laguna Gloria beginning Tuesday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 17, and on Thursday, April 19 by appointment only. All auction artworks will be on view on Friday, April 20, by appointment only before the event and during the event beginning at 6P.

Please contact for more information.


Thank you to our 2018 Art Dinner Sponsors!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Art Dinner sponsors play an integral role in supporting the exhibitions program at The Contemporary Austin.

For information about participating as a sponsor, please contact Sarah Schultz at

Past Art Dinners

Take a look back! The Contemporary Austin's annual Art Dinner has celebrated the achievements and vision of the museum's exhibitions program and its commitment to supporting groundbreaking contemporary art and artists at both Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center on Congress Avenue.

The inaugural 2014 Art Dinner celebrated the launch of the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria and honored the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation for its founding gift. The Art Dinner was the culminating event of the opening weekend for the exhibitions A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection and Orly Genger: Current, and featured a special performance by musician Graham Reynolds inspired by Genger's site-specific installation.

The 2015 Art Dinner celebrated Tom Friedman’s Looking Up, a new acquisition to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, as well as the opening of the exhibition Robert Therrien at the Jones Center. Musician and artist Terry Allen, whose sound sculpture Road Angel is on view at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, shared a special performance.

The 2015 Auction featured unique, artist-created stand-up paddleboards by artists Andy Coolquitt, Liam Gillick, Jim Hodges, Roy McMakin, Angelbert Metoyer, Tom Sachs, and Marianne Vitale.

The 2016 Art Dinner recognized the hundred-year anniversary of Clara Driscoll’s 1916 Mediterranean-style villa with a garden party encompassing the Driscoll Villa and the fourteen acres of the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park. The debut of artist Ronen Sharabani's Matchbox, a site-specific outdoor and indoor video projection created for The Contemporary Austin, celebrated the Villa's centennial through a breathtaking performance.

The 2016 Auction featured works by artists Terry Allen, Anya Gallaccio, Jim Hodges, Mark Mothersbaugh, Monika Sosnowska, Sofía Táboas, and Garth Weiser.

The 2017 Art Dinner highlighted The Contemporary Austin's ongoing efforts to transform its Laguna Gloria campus into a unique art-in-nature experience. This vibrant evening of spectacle included a ferris wheel that took guests above the trees, a special performance by Golden Dawn Arkestra, and plenty of dancing. The Art Dinner was part of a larger weekend of celebrations for new exhibitions and works on view by artists Anya Gallaccio, Mark Lewis, Lionel Maunz, and Garth Weiser.

The 2017 Auction featured works by artists Terry Allen, Janine Antoni, John Bock, Carol Bove, Ryan Gander, Jim Hodges, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mark Lewis, Lionel Maunz, Paul McCarthy, Tom Sachs, and Garth Weiser.

IMAGES: Auction and 2014, 2015, and 2017 Art Dinner by Brian Fitzsimmons Photography. 2016 Art Dinner by Annie Parish Photography.