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About Texas Women for the Arts Travel

TWA membership offers the opportunity to participate in yearly cultural excursions to different arts destinations within and outside of Texas. These unique trips are designed specifically for TWA members and afford exciting VIP experiences and access. Past trips have included: behind-the-scenes museum tours, rooftop soirees, invitations to private homes and collections, arts festivals, exclusive dining and shopping experiences, and much more.

Trip fees vary per location and are in addition to membership dues. Airfare is not included in the trip fees.

Past Trips

El Paso, Texas

October 23-25

  • Legacy Add-on
  • Zuill Bailey private performance at the home of Tania Schwartz
  • El Paso Museum of Art tour
  • Private home tour led by Ginger Francis
  • Rocketbuster Boots cocktail party
  • TWA Grantee Kids Excel Performance at the home of Judy Robison
  • Private home tour led by Carrol Maxon
2019

Marfa, Texas

October 21-23

  • Private home tour led by Lory and Jonny Rogers 
  • Conversation with author Ben Saenz and artist Antonio Castro at the home of Isha Rogers Santamaria 
  • Gaspar Enriquez studio tour and conversation 
  • Judd Foundation tour 
  • Performance by Marfa Live Arts at the Brite Museum 
  • Star gazing at the McDonald Observatory 
  • Chinati Foundation tour 
  • Gallery tour and conversation with photographer James Evans 
  • Studio tour with Julie Speed
  • Marfa Ballroom tour
  • Prada Marfa group photo

Palm Springs, California

April 1-4

  • Private home tours led by author Michael Stern
  • Tour of Desert X 2019 in the Coachella Valley
  • Visit to Sunnylands Gardens and tour of the Annenberg Estate
  • Private Receptions and tours with studio and gallery owners
  • Accessed incredible art collections in private homes

San Miguel Allende, Mexico

November 12-15

  • Private studio tour and painting lesson with Juan Zaragoza
  • Historical explorations of El Jardin and Sanctuary of Atotonilco 
  • Shopping experiences at El Mercado de Artesanias and Recreo 
  • Cocktails at Quince, the world’s number one rooftop destination
2018

Seattle, Washington

September 16-18

  • Private tours of Betty Merken studio and John Grade wood-working shop 
  • Curated experience at Chihuly Garden and Glass 
  • Afternoon excursion in Pike’s Place Market
  • Private tour of Microsoft’s art collection

Los Angeles, California

April 9-12

  • Private tours of the extraordinary homes of Steve Tisch and Hutton Wilkinson 
  • Exclusive shipping events at Gucci and Elaine Kim Studios 
  • Curated programming at Wood Kusaka Studios and Christie’s Los Angeles
  • Dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago 
  • A surprise photo-op with Tracy Morgan 

Aspen, Colorado

September 17-21

  • Lunch and tour of James Surls’ studio 
  • Crated programming at Aspen’s premier galleries and museums such as Anderson Ranch, Powers Art Center, and Gallerie Maximillian 
  • Private events at the homes of: Charlotte Tripplehorn, Patty Nail, and Sue Hostetler, editor-in-chief of Art Basel 
2017

New Orleans, Louisiana

April 3-6

  • Tour of The Robinson House 
  • Artist conversation at Octavia Gallery 
  • Tour of Ogden Museum and Henry Hobson Richardson library 
  • Tour of private home of Thomas Coleman
  • Private tour of the vault at M.S. Rau, purveyor of antiques, fine arts, and jewelry 
  • Exploration of the French Quarter

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

September 18-22

  • Private guided tour of Barnes Foundation
  • Conversation with Margot Berg, Public Art Director, next to “LOVE”
  • Fairmount Park Houses Tour (Cedar Grove Mansion, Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion, and Schuylkill Stroll)
  • Private, guided tours of Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
  • Cocktail reception at Pennsylvania Ballet 
2016

Washington, District of Columbia

April 17-21

  • Legacy Trip 
  • Curator led tour of sculpture garden and decorative arts at the National Gallery
  • “Warren Buffet Tour” of Newseum 
  • Private tour and then dinner at the Kennedy Center 
  • Cocktails at the Roosevelt House 
  • Private tour of the National Museum for Women in the Arts 
  • Tour of CSPAN offices with conversation by Mark Farkas and CEO, Susan swain, creators of the series, “First Ladies”
  • Private tour of the National Geographic Archives 
  • Capitol tour 
  • Private tour of Hillwood Museum at the Merriweather Post House

Palm Beach, California

October 5-8

  • Shopping at Worth Avenue 
  • Studio presentation and tour of Bruce Helander’s Studio and home 
  • Garden tour at Beth DeWoody’s home
  • Museum tour at the Flagler Museum 
  • Cocktails at EmKo Private Gallery 
  • Garden tour of The Society of Four Arts 
  • Tour of Mar-A-Lago 
  • Dinner at Café Boulud
2015

Santa Fe, New Mexico

September 20-24

  • Tour and demonstration at Tesuque Glassworks 
  • Lunch at the private home of Wendy Lane 
  • Studio tour of the Billy Schenk Studio
  • Museum tour of the O’Keeffe Museum and Research Center 
  • Museum tour of the Museum of Indian Arts 
  • Museum Tour of the Spanish Colonial Museum 
  • Shopping at Canyon Road Galleries 
  • Private tour of Andrea Fisher’s home
  • Home and Garden Tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Home of Abiquin 
  • Museum tour of the Folk Art Museum 
  • Meal at James Beard Award winning Chef Lois Frank 
  • Followed by a Legacy trip to Taos, New Mexico

Santa Barbara, California

March 22-26

  • Legacy Council Trip
  • Conversation and meal with Miki Garcia, executive director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, followed by a tour of the Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • Tour of Private Collection at the home of Jacquelyn Klein-Brown
  • Day trip to wine country for tasting and tours at various vineyards and wineries
  • Conversation with Executive Director Gwen Staffer and tour of Lotus Land
  • Heath London trunk show at Antoinette’s with cocktails
  • Architectural talk with Clay Aurell of AB Design Studio
  • Winemaker’s dinner in the garden of the Biltmore

Newport, Rhode Island

October 8-10

  • Legacy Add-on
  • Tour at Stone House/Waterlot, home of Tracey Roberts
  • Dine at New York Yacht Club
  • Garden tour and Conversation with author Bettie Bearden Pardee
  • Drinks at Newport Country Club
  • Tour of Bellevue House & Gardens, home of Ronald Fleming
2014

Boston, Massachusetts

October 5-8

  • Tour of private home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Owens on Mt. Vernon Street, Beacon hill
  • Dinner at Chilton Club, with classical chamber ensemble
  • Boston Athenaeum tour with curator David Dearinger
  • Late afternoon galleries and boutiques along Newbury Street
  • Cocktails at home of Juan Prieto, Commonwealth Avenue
  • Tour of the Institute of Contemporary Art

Hudson River Valley, New York

September 8-11

  • Opening night reception at Cesar Galindo Studio
  • Tour of Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park
  • Docent tour of Olana, home of Frederick Church
  • Tour of Culinary Institute of America
  • Storm King Art Center
  • Cocktails at Clermont House

Carmel, California

April 14-17

  • Tour of private home and collection of Frank Hevrdjes
  • Cocktails and dinner at Spanish Bay with a bagpiper at sunset
  • Gallery tour and talk with Patricia Qualls
  • Sunset dinner at Post Ranch Inn
  • Art demonstration and studio tour with Andre Balyon
  • Carl Cherry Center for Arts tour with Robert Reese, gallery and sculpture garden
  • Chateau Julien winemaker’s tour and tasting
  • Hawthorne Gallery at Big Sur
  • Carmel Art Association talk and shopping

San Francisco, California

October 14-17

  • Reception at the Cliff House Terrace Room
  • Private tour of the home of Ann and Gordon Getty
  • Gallery Crawl at the Gallery Gulch
  • Tour of Bulgari DeYoung Museum 
  • Lunch at the San Francisco Opera
  • Tour of The Edible Schoolyard
  • Tour of the Bay Lights
  • Tour of the Fisher Art Foundation
  • Dinner at Alice Water’s Chez Panisse
2013

Hudson River Valley, New York

October 8-12

  • Exploration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Tour of Lyndhurst, America’s premier Gothic Revival mansion
  • Visit of Kykuit, which is home to four generations of the Rockefeller family
  • Tour of Union Church
  • Private tours of Olana and Cedar Grove, former residence f artists Frederic Edwin Church and Thomas Cole, respectively
  • Tour of Edgewater through special invitation of Richard Jenrette
  • Tour and exploration of the Hyde Park Museum
  • Tour of the Beaux Arts Vanderbilt Mansion
  • Luncheon and conversation with Matthew White
  • Exploration of Dia:Beacon, an impressive collection of modern art housed in a converted box factory on the banks of the Hudson
2012

Chicago, Illinois

October 10-13

  • Reception at the Weston private Asian Art Collection
  • Tour of Millennium Park with Ed Uhler, co-creator and executive director
  • Tour of the Impressionist and Modern Wings at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Viewing of the Private Collection of Marilyn and Larry Fields
  • Cocktails at the Casino Club
  • Attended the Tony-Award winning production of “Red” at the Goodman Theatre
  • Architectural River Cruise
  • Tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Lunch at the Arts Club of Chicago

 

2011

Charleston, South Carolina

October 17-20

  • Historic Charleston Foundation guided tours via horse-drawn carriages of Misroon House, French Quarters, and South of Broad
  • Tour and collections study at the Mary Helen McCoy Gallery
  • Tour of the Nathanial Russell House
  • Wine reception at the Cleland Kinloch Huger House
  • Historic Charleston Foundation guided tour of the Gibbes Museum
2010

Santa Fe, New Mexico

October 21-23

  • Tour of the Nedra Matteucci Gallery
  • Tour with Forrest Moses of LewAllen Galleries
  • Tour of Altermann Gallery and Action House
  • Reception at Donna Whitworth’s House
  • Dinner at Geronimo
  • Tour of Research Center at Georgia O’Keefe Museum
2009

Washington, District of Columbia

October 1-4

  • Attended Broadway: Three Generations at the Eisenhower Theater
  • Tour of the State Department
  • Breakfast at the Senate Family Dining Room
  • Performance of La Traviata at the Kennedy Center Opera House
  • Tour and lunch at the National Museum for Women in the Arts
  • Front of House Tour at the Kennedy Center
2008