Dallas: Who’s Behind the Arts Boom?

Once known for J.R. Ewing, a football team and an assassination, the Texas city is now—thanks to a civic-minded group of philanthropists—a bona fide arts destination. Meet the lone stars behind the Dallas cultural boom.

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John and Lisa Runyon at home in Dallas with Richard Phillips’s Mask, 1995.

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Kenny Goss at home with, from left, Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s Excessive Sensual Indulgence, 1996, and Nigel Cooke’s Experience, 2009.

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Deedie Rose in her living room with Ricci Albenda’s Garden, 2009.

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At the Dallas Museum of Art’s annual Art Ball, from left, standing: Lisa Runyon, Jodie Oliver, Julie Butler Hawes, Jennifer Eagle, gala chairwoman Melissa Fetter, Sharon Young, and Susan Dell. Seated: Deedie Rose and Sarah Perot.

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Howard and Cindy Rachofsky in front of Richard Meier’s 1996 Rachofsky House.

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Gene and Jerry Jones with their daughter, Charlotte, at Cowboys Stadium, with a detail of Lawrence Weiner’s Brought Up to Speed, 2009, on the JumboTron.

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Marguerite Hoffman at home with Andy Warhol’s Little Electric Chair.

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Charles and Dee Wyly in front of the Rem Koolhaas–designed Wyly Theatre.