GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WEEKEND
Be the first to experience and enjoy a spectacular weekend of art, performances, discussions, tours, talks, festivities and libations as we premiere our inaugural exhibitions at the Visual Arts Center. Your participation and support will play a vital role in the growth of the VAC as a new center of our dynamic community.
Friday, September 24 COCKTAIL ATTIRE (TIES OPTIONAL)
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. $150 PER PERSON (includes admission to Opening Party afterwards)
Celebration Dinner, catered with exquisite local fare and signature cocktails, accompanied by music from the Butler School of Music. Douglas Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, John Yancey, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, and Jade Walker, Director of the Visual Arts Center, will welcome you with a brief address to celebrate the opening of this vibrant new exhibition space.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Andrea Keene at (512) 471-9270 email@example.com.
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. $30 PER PERSON
Opening Party, with live music from alumni DJs, previews of the inaugural exhibitions, and a special musical performance that will usher this celebratory evening to a close.
To purchase tickets in advance, please contact Xochi Solis at (512) 471-3398 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Saturday, September 25
Closed for private function
Sunday, September 26
Noon – 9:00 p.m. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Public Programs will consist of a multitude of tours, conversations and performances to stimulate your intellect. Our student organization, Center Space Project, will serve as docents and lead tours of the exhibitions throughout the day. The Los Angeles-based Lucky Dragons, an experimental artist collective and music group made up of Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Anderson, will begin the afternoon with a Sumi Ink Club meeting. Sumi Ink Club is a drawing collective that holds regular open meetings worldwide where collaborative, topsy-turvy, detailed drawings are executed using ink on paper. The project is non-hierarchical and we invite all ages and all styles to participate. Taking over The Arcade, a unique 1,980 square foot gallery that contains multiple large video projection spaces and an open window to the rest of campus, Lucky Dragons will use this permutation of the Sumi Ink Club as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. Later in the afternoon, talks and tours will begin with an hour-long conversation in the East Gallery with artist Magali Lara, Dr. Andrea Giunta and Dr. Roberto Tejada, immediately followed by an intimate tour with artist Ry Rocklen of his site-specific installation in the Vaulted Gallery. The opening celebrations will come to a close with a performance by Lucky Dragons and a screening of videos compiled by the duo projected out onto the lawn.
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sumi Ink Club meeting hosted by Lucky Dragons
Geography and Eyewitness: Andrea Giunta and Roberto Tejada in Conversation with Magali Lara
Tour of Vaulted Gallery installation with artist Ry Rocklen
Lucky Dragons performance
Fade In video program, curated by Lucky Dragons
For additional information about the opening weekend events, please contact:
Xochi Solis, Director of Events and Public Programming
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Andrea Keene, Development Officer