Art Dinner

Join us for a spirited evening under the stars inspired by the vibrancy of Austin!
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 6–11P
The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703

  • 6P Cocktails
  • 8P Dinner + Auction
  • 9:30P After-Party


Don your finest duds and enjoy locally inspired food and drink, contemporary art, and lively entertainment all against the backdrop of one of Austin’s most iconic locales, Laguna Gloria.

Tickets and tables to Art Dinner 2021 are sold out. For more information on this year’s event, or to join our event waitlist, please contact

Covid-19 Safety

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) within 72 hours of the event or full COVID-19 vaccination will be required of all guests. An online portal will be shared ahead of the event to upload either your proof of vaccination or recent negative test. While the majority of the event will be held outdoors in open air, masks will be required indoors.

We ask guests do not attend if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and/or if within the last 14 days you have tested positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. In this instance, tickets may be transferable or fully refunded by contacting


The Contemporary Austin’s 2021 Benefit Auction hosted by Sotheby’s is open for bidding! Anyone can bid in the online auction now through October 18 or contact us to place an absentee bid in the live auction taking place October 16.

We encourage Art Dinner guests to download the app and register as a bidder in advance.

The auction includes contemporary art ranging from photography, painting, and original drawings, to local artisan jewelry and priceless art experiences. The museum will offer up to 50% of the sale price back to participating artists, thus with each art purchase you are supporting The Contemporary Austin’s Mission AND an artist directly.




Bid in-person following dinner or contact to request a phone bid or absentee bid ahead of the event.



Bid in the silent auction online through Sothebys or through their app. Simply search The Contemporary Austin's 2021 Benefit Auction hosted by Sotheby's and register an account to place your bid!



Bid in-person at the event on October 16 in the Driscoll Villa or contact to place a remote bid.

Need help? Contact To learn more about previewing the auction in-person before October 16, reach out to Alyssa Miller.
THANK YOU to the participating artists, galleries, Sotheby’s, and auction supporters who’ve generously partnered with us this year.

Support the Laguna Gloria Art Fund

Laguna Gloria has come to be recognized for its world class art nestled within the unique and magical landscape of this lakeside gem. We’re asking you to join us in investing in our city’s creative landscape by contributing to the Laguna Gloria Art Fund.

Starting this fall, we will be launching a new, two-year series of seasonal artist-driven projects that activate Laguna Gloria. The debut work in this endeavor is a site-specific sound sculpture, Foghorn Elegy, by Austin-based artist Steve Parker that will engage and delight audiences of all ages.

The Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation has generously pledged to match the funds we raise for this project. Help us reach our goal of $250K this October to bring the Laguna Gloria Art Fund to life. To support this initiative, simply raise your paddle following the live auction or contact Elise Embry to make a donation ahead of October 16.

Image: Orly Genger, Current (detail), 2014. Lobster rope and latex paint. Dimensions variable. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.


Special thanks to our 2021 Art Dinner Committee!

Kristin Gish and Kathleen Irvin Loughlin (Co-Chairs)

Nak Armstrong, Jessica Barnard, Bettina Barrow, Suzanne Deal Booth, Anne Campbell, Jamie Chandlee, Tia Cripps, Deborah Green, Anna Hardeman, Carrie Hicks, Katie Jaffe, Walter Marcantoni, Suzanne McFayden, Fredericka Middleton, Lauren Moorman, Maya Nairn, Danielle Nieciag, Kristen Nix, Amanda Oudt, Lora Reynolds, Emily Slingerland, Elizabeth Stanley, Margo Tate and Teresa Windham


Special thanks to our supporters!

$50,000 Presenting Level

$25,000 Director Level

$12,500 Collector Level

After-Party Sponsor

Auction Support