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    High Museum of Art Hosts Gala Fundraiser for The First Emperor

    ATLANTA, October 16, 2008—The High Museum of Art will host The Emperor's Pavilion Gala on Friday, November 14, 2008. This black-tie event will celebrate the opening of The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army and benefit future programs at the High Museum of Art. Organized by Gala Chairs Monica Dioda and Louise Sams, the evening will include a reception, seated dinner and exclusive gallery access to the exhibition. Morgan Stanley is the Gala Sponsor, the Atlantan is the Media Partner, and Neiman Marcus is the Favor Partner.

    Benefactor tickets for the Gala are available per couple at the $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 level. Individual tickets are $1,250. To purchase or inquire about tickets, call 404-733-5290 or email Rebecca Guberman.

    Gala Chairs
    Monica Dioda
    Louise Sams

    Benefactor Chairs
    Nena Griffith
    Roya and Bahman Irvani
    Karen and Richard Parker

    Benefactor Party Hosts
    Jack Sawyer and William Torres

    Host Committee
    Marcia and John Donnell
    Robin and Hilton Howell
    Sarah and James Kennedy
    Charlene and Ernest Ingram
    Jane and Hicks Lanier
    Jada and Tom Loveless
    Lorri and Forrest McClain
    Laura and Rutherford Seydel
    Sharon and Louis Shirley
    Amanda Taylor
    Sacha and Mark Taylor
    Lani Wong

    The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army
    The First Emperor was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Featuring over 100 works, including 15 terracotta figures, the exhibition represents one of the largest groups of important works relating to the First Emperor ever to be loaned to the U.S. by the Museum of the Terracotta Army and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shaanxi Province in Xi'an, China. With rarely seen and recently discovered objects from his famed tomb complex, the exhibition will provide insight into the legacy of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who reigned from 221–210 B.C.

    The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army is made possible by Lead Sponsor GE, Presenting Sponsor Portman and Official Global Delivery Partner UPS, Official Airline Partner Delta Air Lines, and Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting. Generous support is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support provided by The E. Rhodes and Leona Carpenter Foundation and The Blakemore Foundation. This exhibition is presented in association with the British Museum with support from Morgan Stanley.

    High Museum of Art
    The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant "village for the arts" at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.

    The Woodruff Arts Center
    The Woodruff Arts Center is the largest arts center in the Southeast as well as one of the four largest in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines five visual and performing-arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.

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