A long line of female patrons have worked to establish the arts and culture scene in Texas, from Ima Hogg, whose influence was widely felt in the Houston art community, to Velma Fuller Kimbell, who endowed a remarkable portion of her fortune to building Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum. Six women, all part of the giving program Texas Women for the Arts, continue the tradition. They have shared their early arts inspirations and the museums, collections and venues travelers should not miss .
Leslie D. Blanton
It’s no surprise that Leslie D. Blanton’s current passion is the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin: the museum was named for her father-in-law and she now serves on its council. But she first became involved in the field when she moved to Houston in 1975. Some friends introduced Blanton to the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, specifically Hogg’s former home, Bayou Bend, where she fell in love with the mansion’s early American pieces. “It’s spectacular, tactile work,” she said. “I wanted to reach out and touch it, but curators, please note: I never did.” On View Now: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s roster of exhibits includes “English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century.”