Art Dinner


Please SAVE THE DATE for The Contemporary Austin’s fifth annual Art Dinner on Friday, April 20, 2018, an evening benefiting The Contemporary Austin’s exhibitions program, including 2018 artists Huma Bhabha, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rodney McMillian, Nic Nicosia, and Jessica Stockholder.

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

For information about participating as a sponsor, please contact Andrea White, Rentals and Corporate Sponsorship Manager, 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: 2014, 2015, and 2017 Art Dinner by Brian Fitzsimmons Photography. 2016 Art Dinner by Annie Parish Photography.