Local Artist Couple Display Their Works at Briscoe Museum Night of Artists Exhibit

Caroline and William Carrington

Caroline and William Carrington

San Antonio based artist, Caroline Carrington and husband, William Carrington, new-found sculptor, display their love of Western landscapes and wildlife through their works on display at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s 2018 Night of Artists Art Show and Exhibition.  

Husband and wife artists Caroline and William Carrington share a joint admiration for Texas land and wildlife and have turned their passion into full-fledged careers. Both native San Antonians, Caroline grew up in the Texas Hill Country where she discovered her love of art which led to a career in landscape painting.  William, who made a career switch from production design to teaching art and elementary education, is currently entering the second year of his full-time endeavor as a sculptor of wild animals. This artistic duo’s works are currently on display at the Briscoe Museum’s 2018 Night of Artists Art Show & Exhibition which is open to the public until May 6, 2018.

Learn more about Briscoe Museum at www.briscoemuseum.org.

 

You’re Invited to An Afternoon in Neverland Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild

Ballet Austin Guild’s 2nd Annual Fundraising Tea celebrating Ballet Austin’s season finale, Peter Pan.  Proceeds support Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund.

 Sunday, April 29, 2018

Driskill Hotel

604 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

512-439-1234

https://driskillhotel.com/

 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Ticket Info:  $75 for adults, $35 children 12 and under

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-afternoon-in-neverland-tickets-39336316983?aff=es2

Event Information:

Never grow up! Please join Ballet Austin Guild as we present “An Afternoon in Neverland”, our second annual Sunday tea. Adults will enjoy a traditional tea menu while sipping on tea, and champagne, of course; and children will get their own special tea menu to please their palates. As a prelude to Ballet Austin’s performance of Peter Pan, we will be celebrating with fabulous décor by Mandarin Design Lab, live music, fun photo ops, characters from the beloved children’s book and festivities for guests of all ages.  Learn about Ballet Austin from Artistic Director Stephen Mills and hear about the importance of dance and dance scholarships from a Ballet Austin dancer. Amazing raffle baskets will be available (think weekend in Colorado, spa days, family day out, etc.) and all proceeds go to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund. Your ticket purchase makes classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of his or her family’s economic situation. Help us reach our goal in raising $60,000 for the Youth Scholarship Program!

About Ballet Austin Guild:

Celebrating our 34rd year hosting our Spring Fundraiser, Ballet Austin Guild continues its mission in supporting and promoting Ballet Austin in its commitment to excellence in dance through fundraising, community outreach, and education. We are a group of dedicated volunteers who have supported and furthered the mission of Ballet Austin for over 40 years. The Guild consists of energetic volunteers who want to learn more about ballet and contribute to one of Austin’s finest cultural institutions. The Guild is open to anyone with an interest in promoting Ballet Austin. For more membership information, please visit our
website, https://balletaustin.org/contribute/guild

Presenting Sheila Elias: Painted Pixels

May 17 – September 23, 2018 - Lowe Art Museum University of Miami.

Art has been a part of Sheila Elias’s life for as long as she can remember: at the tender age of eight year, she was so moved by a work by Henri Matisse on view at the Art Institute of Chicago that she told her Mother on the spot that she was going to attend art school there. And that is exactly what she did 2 years later! Such grit and determination has served Elias well over the course of her long and distinguished career, which has equally benefited from her restless curiosity, her enormous versatility, and her willingness to take risks. This nimbleness is reflected in the chameleon-like quality of her oeuvre, which includes sculpture, collage, drawings, photography, painting, and now painted pixels.

Horned Deity

60 x 48 Horned Deity

Elias first began making art in the digital sphere when she tired of transferring art supplies between Miami and New York in 2010. In 2010 she purchased her first Apple Ipad, treating the screen of her device like a canvas or sketchpad, she relished the creative possibilities that technologies has opened up, which have only fueled her already vast and prolific creative output. The artist notes:

“I do many sketches every day and some are related to final finished products. I produce these as scales on a piano to write the symphony or a writer writing notes for a novel. There is a great deal of freedom doing small sketches both in content and material and this allows more freedom in the final stages. I like to bring an awareness of new directions and individual inventiveness. The evolution of technology has always paralleled my work throughout its development. From the original copy machine to today’s iPad, the influence of electronics permeates my process. Through life experience, I incorporate visual, emotional, and psychological impressions and feed them into my art. My work, whether it is photography, sculpture, or paintings, has always been a visual interpretation of my internal landscape, which is significantly influenced by external landscapes. I attempt to portray a visual language that has hopefully not been spoken before”.

 

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For more information visit www.sheilaelias.com.

Women & Their Work Celebrates 40 Years

Austin visual and performing art organization remains a  staple of a community and an art market in flux

Women &Their Work (W&TW) is celebrating 40 years of service in the Austin arts community. The nonprofit organization will mark this milestone with exhibitions, performances, and special programming, culminating with a benefit on April 14, 2018. For nearly four decades, W&TW has consistently stayed at the forefront of the arts movement. It remains a vital institution in a city increasingly defined by change.

“Anonymity and invisibility have historically been the chief obstacles women artists face,” said Executive Director Chris Cowden. “Over the last 40 years, Women & Their Work has provided a significant opportunity for them to be seen and for the work to speak for itself.”

A vanguard in contemporary art in Texas, W&TW was founded in 1978, when Austin had a single art museum and women artists remained largely unseen and undervalued. The organization presents the work of women visual and performing artists in diverse exhibitions, performances, programming and education initiatives for audiences of all ages. Women & Their work also equips artists with financial and technical support.

In recognition of the quality of their work, W&TW has received many national honors. It was the first organization in Texas to receive a grant in visual art from the National Endowment for the Arts and has additionally received support from the prestigious Warhol, Rauschenberg and Ford Foundations. The nonprofit has actively developed the careers of more than 1,900 artists in 310 visual art exhibitions, 124 dance, theater, and music performances, 15 film festivals, 28 literary performances, 115 publications, and 620 educational workshops.

Women & Their Work will be toasting this 40-year milestone at their annual spring tour-de-force fundraiser. During this year’s event, themed “I am Art,” partygoers will spend an evening as an artist and a muse, an enchanter and enchanted.

The 2016 Benefit Bash, Rose is a Rose is a Rose, was a Dada-inspired fete. Guests at the 2017 benefit, The Bosch Bash, reveled in fantastical creatures and hedonistic tendencies. Each event has raised more than $60,000. This year’s benefit will, once again, extol the art-filled life, and be a magical reflection of hard-earned change. I am Art will offer a multi-media experience featuring performance, human paintbrushes, self-portrait stations, an art auction, live music and more. Suggested attire for the evening is enchantment, drawing inspiration from mirrors and metallic.

I am Art will take place at a private residence in central Austin on April 14, 2018. VIP reception from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The party is open to all ticket holders from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets start at $200, and are on sale at womenandtheirwork.org.

For more information, visit womenandtheirwork.org.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a Hilariously Instructive Spectacle

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin’s presentation of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a hilariously instructive spectacle of just how absolutely ungentleman-like an impoverished Englishman can become, given the proper motivation!

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Set in the early 1900’s, our protagonist, Montague “Monty” Navarro receives an unannounced visitor at his shabby flat on the night of his mother’s funeral and quite unexpectedly learns of a secret that his mother had kept from him all his life. Monty isn’t just the son of a lowly washerwoman, he’s a member of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family and ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst!

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Emboldened by this new revelation, Monty races to share the incredible news with the love of his life, Miss Sibella Hallward, who has historically refused to marry him because of his poverty. As encouraging as Monty’s news is to Sibella, she dubiously remarks that eight people would have to die in order for him to become earl and the most whimsical and musically lyrical plots and acts of murder ensue!

 National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

The spectacular music, hysterical lyrics, dynamic singing and soaring harmonies bound energetically throughout the performances as we’re introduced to all eight of the D’Ysquith family heirs to earldom including Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith, Reverend Lord Ezekial D’Ysquith, Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Sr., Henry D’Ysquith, Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, and Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey. Needless to say, the ultimate comical demise of each these hysterically unconventional family members leaves you bearing down in feeble attempts to stifle the fact that you’re laughing about their murders and cheering Monty on to his next unwitting target. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never laughed so uncomfortably hard in your life!

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Drama and hysteria continue to run amuck as Monty comes to a successful end of his murderous antics and Miss Phoebe D’Ysquith, a fellow distant family member not in the line of succession shows a strong affinity for Monty. A love triangle forms as both Miss Phoebe and Miss Sibella realize they both fancy Monty’s initiative and rapid ascent to earldom, and while naturally pitted against each other, find themselves defending Monty’s innocence as Scotland Yard authorities erroneously charge Monty for the murder of Lord Adalbert. Just when you think your tummy will get a rest from laughter Monty is miraculously found innocent and a tenth heir to earldom, Chauncey D’Ysquith is discovered with his own sinister plans to be earl.

You’ll smile from ear to ear as the plot unceasingly thickens with the drop of the final curtain and the murderous attempts between Monty and Chauncey are left to your imagination as a euphoric exhaustion washes over you and you sigh, “Wow, that was insane!”.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
WHEN: March 20 – 25, 2018
Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712
TICKETS: Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

School of ROCK The Musical is Going to Rock You

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin brought the proverbial house down again this Wednesday night with the opening of the musical “School of Rock”!  Warning, if you have a knack for the mundane, this performance will knock it clean out of you.  All the better, if the word, “rebellion” rolls easily off your tongue, then race for the ticket line, because the spirit of Rock and Roll will never be so hysterically thrown in your lap!

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The high energy pace of the whole show rolls right over the top of you from the get go with the standard announcement about audience conduct.  Just when silencing your cell phone is mentioned, the screeching vocals of Dewey and the Heavy Metal playing of his big hair band thrusting out of their Marshall amps physically sets you back in your seat.  Sadly we quickly learn that Dewey, in all his zeal, has no idea that his fellow band members have decided to kick him out of the band and replace him with a stronger recruit in preparation for the upcoming and much anticipated annual Battle of The Bands contest.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

Things go from bad to worse when Dewey’s crash pad is jeopardized when his friend’s wife demands that Dewey start paying rent or get out after years of mooching off his generous friends.  Desperation grows and in a flash of deviant genius, Dewey gets the hair brained idea to impersonate his friend as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green private school to make some quick cash for rent.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Quite unavoidably, Dewey bumbles and fumbles his way in to the teaching gig and  squarely sets himself in the cross hairs of the school principal and fellow faculty members with his uncouth behavior and slovenly  appearance which only heightens the fact that Dewey has absolutely no earthly idea of how he’s going to pull of acting like a teacher, let alone trying to act like a grown adult.  Yet amongst all the classroom follies, Dewey makes the most unexpected discovery when one day his students start pulling out instruments for music class and he realizes that these kids can ROCK!!!!

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Now at last, class is truly in session for Dewey and he’s headed for stardom with his new dream band that he enthusiastically names “School of Rock”!  And folks, just in case you’re wondering, all of the cast memebers on stage are really playing their own instruments and these kids are insanely talented!

Tensions grow as we learn of the individual student’s home lives and the intense pressures placed upon them by their parents to achieve scholastically.  All the while the Battle of The Bands contest is fast approaching and it almost seems like Dewey’s delusions of grandeur may actually come true!

Emotions erupt when the parents and the principal find out about Dewey’s plans to enter his young band in the contest and in a blink of the eye, Dewey’s Rock and Roll world unravels before him when they pull the proverbial plug on his plans.  Beleaguered, Dewey makes his way back to his soon to be lost crash pad, beat down and hopeless of ever achieving Rock greatness.

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Thankfully, his student’s rebel determination pulls Dewey from his emotional abyss and on to the contest stage of the Battle of The Bands to learn yet another unexpected life lesson and redemption reigns when Dewey is offered a new full-time position at Horace Green teaching music and almost magically joy returns to Dewey’s Rock and Roll world!

“School of Rock” is the most energetic and enthusiastic stage performance that I have ever seen!  When the elderly audience members are dancing their way out of the auditorium after the performance as much as, if not more than the teenagers, you know that you have been a part of Rock and Roll history!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

School of Rock  – The Musical

February 13 – 18, 2018

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

Austin Influential Group Proudly Presents The Opulence Ball: Kavïat 24

Austin Influential Group proudly presents The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24, benefiting Austin Pets Alive! (www.austinpetsalive.org), happening on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00pm – 1am at The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX.

From the grandiose and over-the-top phantasmagoria of the Baroque and Rococo to the immersive, hyper-saturated and vibrating glamour of disco, housed in the ever-influential and conscious-altering philosophy “be what you want to be” of Ball Culture, we bring to you our biggest creation to date; KAVÏAT 24! In benefit of Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Influential Group invites you to bear witness and forever scream your piece to not just dream it, but BE IT, at our 6th annual Opulence Ball! Come dressed to impress, transgress and express your wildest dreams of elegance and extravaganza and be seen in the styles of Baroque France, decadent Italian masquerade, Rococo brilliance, the hottest, slickest, and smoothest threads of disco or arrive in a married combination of them all!  The sky’s the limit! Can you dig it, madame and monsieurs?  At the heart of the chateau, we’ll present our largest and most grand parade of spectacle, flare, drama and theatre featuring a carefully selected showcase of Austin’s finest movers and shakers of Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque and one very special import of sensational proportions. This Valentine’s season, it may be larger than life . . . but it’s just the right size!

Event:  The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24

Date:  Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time:  9pm – 1am

Location:  The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1137579276386291/

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJS44sTY9zU&feature=youtu.be

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-opulence-ball-kaviat-24-tickets-39899690047

The Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is Royal

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Matthew Murphy.

On Tuesday, December 12, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts opened its 2017 – 2018 season with a proverbial bang with their presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I”.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Opening night was truly a step back in time and a journey to a far off land.  The setting was Siam. The time was long before the modern day Thailand might ever have been imagined.  These were the times of pomp and pageantry.  These were the times of deep seated traditions and customs that were brought to bear upon the savy English widow Anna Leonowens, the “school teacher”, and her young son Louis as Anna enters the employ of the King of Siam.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

The feeling of joy felt throughout the audience was palpable as the Bass Concert Hall filled with the classic and familiar tune “I Whistle a Happy Tune” as Anna and Louis stepped off the boat with great trepidation and on to their new homeland.  Equally enthralling was watching Anna being introduced to the numerous royal wives and even more numerous royal children while singing “Getting to Know You” in the royal court.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Inevitably, amidst this newly forged arrangement, tensions arise as Anna must delicately, yet firmly, navigate a foreign society and a royal household known for great civility and even greater incivility.  These tensions come more acutely to light as we learn of the king’s personal struggles of being in absolute barbaric power before his subjects while privately and quite humbly, at times, questioning the very nature of the expansive world surrounding him.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Not surprisingly, the bullying egocentric attitude of the king and Anna’s proud obstinate disposition make the plot ripe for confrontation both petty and literally deadly.  Yet, sweet undertones of admiration and respect for one another develop amidst their strife, and devotion flourishes as these unlikely companions become the greatest of allies.  As the final curtain fell, it was hard not to feel a great sense hope of being able to come together as one people.  For surely, if the barbarian king and the proper English lady can do it, then so can we.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

The Lincoln Center Theatre Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

December 12 – 17, 2017

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

The Lincoln Center Theater Production Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations, LLC announce a national tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin for a limited one-week engagement, December 12-17, 2017. Tickets on sale now.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  The production is currently playing an open-ended Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards®); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nomination); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Ticketes start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com

Briscoe Western Art Museum Names Debbie Montford Recipient of Inaugural Dolph & Janey Briscoe Legacy Award

Debbie Montford

Debbie Montford

The Briscoe Western Art Museum on November 8 announced Debbie Montford as the recipient of the newly established Dolph & Janey Briscoe Legacy Award. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated the philanthropic spirit of the late Texas Governor and his wife through altruistic contributions and support of the Briscoe Museum and all of South Texas. Montford will be presented with the Briscoe Legacy Award during a luncheon in her honor on Wednesday, December 6 beginning at 11:30am at the Briscoe’s Jack Guenther Pavilion.

For more than 30 years, Debbie Montford has dedicated her philanthropic expertise and generous support to nonprofits across the state of Texas. Through her exceptional leadership and tenacious efforts as chairman of the board for the Briscoe Museum, Debbie was integral in the grand opening of the Museum in 2013. She is currently an advisory board member of the Briscoe, board secretary of Humanities Texas, and an advisory director of the Plum Foundation.

“The Briscoe Museum is deeply grateful for Debbie Montford’s unwavering dedication and advocacy,” said Michael Duchemin, President & CEO of the Briscoe Museum. “Her continuous philanthropic efforts and devotion to our Museum aptly embody the core values of this award.”

Debbie has served on numerous boards and has received many notable awards including the Champion of the Arts Award presented by Texas Monthly in association with Texas Women for the Arts. With a personal approach to fundraising and a deep passion for the arts, education, and the health of the San Antonio community, Debbie and her husband, John T. Montford, are often dubbed “the dynamic duo,” with a goal to raise $1 billion dollars for charity in their lifetimes.

“Debbie Montford has been a great champion of the arts. She has been a leader in creating The Tobin Center and The Briscoe Western Art Museum. San Antonio is fortunate to have Debbie Montford contributing to our community in such a dynamic and dedicated fashion,” said the Honorable Nelson W. Wolff.

Legacy Award Luncheon chairs include Jane Macon, Tracy Wolff, and Nancy Loeffler. The award itself will be presented to Debbie by her husband, John T. Montford, a former member of the Texas State Senate (District 28) and former chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. Please call 210.229.4499 or visit BriscoeMuseum.org for sponsorship information and tickets.