The BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART’S most anticipated party of the year is on April 12th from 8pm to midnight and we have all the details for you from the Host Committee Chair Anne Carter Smith.

Pulp Art – The 2019 Gala is a night of festivity and philanthropy and the highlight of the Bechtler’s fundraising calendar. In its 10th year, the Gala will again transform the museum for a memorable evening featuring various entertainment acts, food, cocktails and activities offered throughout the museum.

Buy your tickets to Pulp Art now

Be sure to check out the VIP option which gives you access to the VIP lounge throughout the evening!

Inspiration for this year’s theme came from presenting sponsor Domtar, one of the largest manufacturers of pulp in the world, with their US corporate office in Fort Mill SC. They design, manufacture, market and distribute a wide variety of paper and personal care products from copy paper to baby diapers.

We had a meeting at Domtar’s offices in the fall and they were showing us everything that can be made with their paper.  Sculptures, furniture, dresses, masks, giant post-it notes- you name it!  We saw in one of their offices this pressed piece of art that had been made with their pulp and that got the ideas rolling. – Anne Carter Smith

Besides the fabulous party, the reason to attend the Bechtler’s Gala is that all proceeds benefit the museum’s operating costs, including exhibitions, public programs and community outreach initiatives that encourage an appreciation of the arts, culture, education and inclusiveness.

Host Chairs & Committee

Host Committee Chairs: Anne Carter and Dean Smith

Host Committee: Barrie and Matt Benson, Amy and Philip Blumenthal, Tricia and John Boyer, Lindsay and Rob Carter, Jessica and Alex Churchill, Keith Cradle, Jesse Cureton, Caroline and Ben Dellinger, Theresa and Doug Drew, Jody and Bryan Droze, Mary Katherine and Dana Dubose, Catherine and Frank Edwards, Liz and Lane Faison, Cassell and John Fitzhugh, Dorlisa and Peter Flur, Sally and Curt Fochtmann, Kitty and Ted Garner, Lynn and Brian Good, Heather and Kevin Gottehrer, Maureen and Dan Haggstrom, Amy Jolly, Sarah and Zain Khan, Donna and Bob Lilien, Holly and Marshall Phillips, Anne and Walker Poole, Haley and Scott Poole, Mary Margaret and Fritz Porter, Sally and Russell Robinson, Patricia Rodgers, Vickie and Chris Rolfe, Laura and Mike Schulte, Marjorie Serralles-Russell and Terry Russell, Trey Sheridan, Shannon Smith and Daniela Sebova, Lisa and Glenn Sherrill, Jennifer and Eric Steigerwalt, Margaret and John Switzer, Gail and Scott Syfert, Liz and Jeff Tarumianz, Ann and Michael Tarwater, Jaz Tunnell, Cassandra and Dave Wagner, Charlotte and John Wickham and Mary and Chris Winston. 

Now that you have Pulp Art on your calendar, what to wear?

We are using almost every single color of paper in our decoration that Domtar makes.  From bright neons, to pastels and whites and grays.  I think anything goes! I think because this crowd is always so artistic and creative that most people love to show off their personal style in their own ways which also makes this event so interesting and fun!

– Anne Carter Smith

We’ve taken Anne Carter Smith’s advice and pulled some fabulous looks inspired by fabric and papers from Neiman Marcus for you to consider. We agree with her take ~ this is a not a stuffy crowd when it comes to attire, so have fun with the theme and don’t stress about your outfit!

(CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO BUY or go by our local NM and they can order for you to try on)

NEIMAN MARCUS SHO Sleeveless Wide-Leg Jumpsuit with Sequin Top & Crepe Bottom $270.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Marchesa Notte Off-the-Shoulder 3D Floral Embroidered Cocktail Dress $845.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Shona Joy Rafaella Plunge-Neck Long-Sleeve Frill Mini Dress $295.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Alexis Maxima Strapless Satin Fringe Jumpsuit $796.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Bardot Fae Lace Bustier Ruffle Mini Dress WAS $139.00 NOW $104.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Helmut Lang Cellophane Plaid Shell Mini Dress $645.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Catherine Deane Mimosa Sleeveless Graphic Lace Cocktail Dress $800.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Elliatt Rose Long-Sleeve Shirred Lace Mini Dress $190.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Mestiza New York Katalina Ruffle One-Shoulder Mini Cocktail Dress WAS $525.00 NOW $131.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Saylor Sequin Multicolor Striped V-Neck Sleeveless Jumpsuit $264.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Fizzah Sleeveless Asymmetric Batik-Print Body-Con Dress w: Draped Shoulder $750.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Marchesa Notte Floral-Print Flutter-Sleeve Pleated Cocktail Dress w: Tiered Skirt $695.00
NEIMAN MARCUS Dolce & Gabbana Puff-Shoulder Floral Mini Dress $2,895.00 (If money is no object of course!!)