Art Dinner

Thank you to all who joined us for Art Dinner 2019! Please save the date for Art Dinner 2020 on Saturday, May 9. For more information on how to be involved, please contact Sarah Schultz at

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

On April 13, 2019, The Contemporary Austin will host the Art Dinner, an annual celebration held at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria—with a spotlight on its growing collection and temporary works of art, and highlighting in spectacular form all of the museum’s efforts to transform this gem into a sustainable and accessible art-in-nature experience for all to enjoy.

The Art Dinner is the culminating event of a larger celebratory season for The Contemporary Austin, including exhibitions by Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin and Abraham Cruzvillegas at the Jones Center, and the opening of the Moody Pavilions and arrival garden sculpture by Jessica Stockholder at Laguna Gloria.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

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

6P Cocktail Reception
7:30P Dinner + Art Auction
9:30P After-Party

Vibrant elegant attire.
Special Thanks to Our Art Dinner Committee:

Valerie Armstrong (Chair), Bettina Barrow, Suzanne Deal Booth, Kristin Gish, Deborah Green, Danny Hamilton, Karen Hawkins, Jeanne Klein, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin, Lorena Junco Margain, Tracey Marshall, Suzanne McFayden, Fredericka Middleton, Maya Nairn, Lora Reynolds, Elizabeth Stanley, Margo Tate, Teresa Windham


The Art Dinner’s Live and Silent Auctions will support the exhibitions program at The Contemporary Austin. The Live Art Auction will be led by Kevin Doyle and Christy Williams Coombs of Sotheby’s and will take place after dinner. The Silent Auction will take place throughout the evening, with bidding beginning at 6P and concluding at 10:30P.

This year’s auctions include contemporary works generously donated by Ai Weiwei, Sarah Crowner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, N. Dash, Elmgreen & Dragset, Anya Gallaccio, The Haas Brothers, Jim Hodges, Jessica Stockholder, Do Ho Suh, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, and Garth Weiser.

The auctions will also include international travel packages to renowned contemporary art destinations Château La Coste, in the heart of the Provence, France, and Wanås Konst, in the Swedish countryside just north of Malmö, plus a secluded stay at the lush Havenwood Estate in Vermont, and a local light installation, Light Louver, by architect Cameron Campbell.

Listing information and high-resolution images are available below.

Preview Art Dinner Auction

If you are unable to join us for dinner in person, we encourage you to participate in the auction remotely. For information on how to bid, please contact


Thank you to our 2019 Art Dinner Sponsors!

Director Level

Collector Level

In-Kind Support

Media Support

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


For more information regarding the event, please contact Sarah Schultz, Events Production Manager, at For information about past Art Dinners, please visit us here.