The New Dallas: Who Are the Next Generation of Art Collectors in the Texas City?

When it comes to Dallas art collectors, the city’s three power couples are the default mental association of most people in the know: the Hoffmans, the Rachofskys, and the Roses. Together, they made a promised gift in 2006 of 900 artworks, valued at more than $300 million, to the Dallas Museum of Art. But they are far from the only ones in the game. Though the contributions of those others may not be on the level of that circle, many other local collectors maintain relationships with institutions, and their homes overflow with art—and there’s a new generation on the rise.

Exterior of the The Power Station of Art.

The Power Station of Art, founded by Janelle and Alden Pinnell.

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The contemporary art collection, classic to cutting-edge, of investor and philanthropist Alden Pinnell and his wife, Janelle, has grown large enough—in the hundreds of works—to warrant a personal gallery on their property, and their dedication to new art pushed them to open an exhibition space, the Power Station, in the city’s Deep Ellum neighborhood.

City Electric Supply CEO Thomas Hartland-Mackie and his wife, entrepreneur Nasiba Adilova, are constantly in pursuit of the best in contemporary art. Dianne and Mark LaRoe are also focused on emerging artists. Money manager Mark Giambrone’s vibrant holdings range from Frank Stella, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Günther Uecker to Damien Hirst and Angel Otero.

Geoff Green, a partner at GWG Capital, and his wife, Sheryl Adkins-Green, Mary Kay chief marketing officer, are developing a collection with a strong focus on African-American artists. John Sughrue, who cofounded the Dallas Art Fair in 2009, is also a notable collector.

Yet another recent addition to the city’s collecting scene is Jordan Jones, granddaughter of longtime Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who brought contemporary art commissions into the new Cowboys stadium when it opened in 2009. (Jordan’s Fort Worth–based aunt, Cowboys VP Charlotte Jones Anderson, is also a collecting force.) And keep an eye on Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, a tenth-generation Texan whose family founded the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston back in the 1970s.

“The collecting scene in Dallas has continued to strengthen as new players emerge on the scene focusing on emerging and contemporary art,” Dallas Art Fair director Kelly Cornell told ARTnews. “The philanthropic intentions behind the collections of established and emerging collectors have been instrumental in the growth of our museums. Collections are being built with intentions far larger than individual enjoyment—this is so important for our city.”

Names to Know:

Patrick Collins

Mark Giambrone

Claire and Brian Gogel

Debbie and Eric Green

Geoff Green and Sheryl Adkins-Green

Thomas Hartland-Mackie and Nasiba Adilova

Tim Headington

Kaleta Blaffer Johnson

Jordan Jones

Dianne and Mark LaRoe

Janelle and Alden Pinnell

John and Marlene Sughrue

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