Thank you to all who helped make the COP Celebration and Auction a success!

But we're not done yet!


What started more than two years ago as a fallen limb of the 300-year-old Cabinet Oak on the LBJ Ranch led to inspiration for a unique fundraiser and art auction, the Cabinet Oak Project. Months of hard work by the Friends board culminated in a celebration and auction on May 6, 2023 at Garrison Brothers Distillery. Proceeds from both online and live art auctions exceeded $75,000.

More than 120 artists from across the country responded to a call for entries, and more than 50 were selected for participation in the exhibition/auction by juror Katie Robinson Edwards, Ph.D., Executive Director and Curator of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.

Seven pieces receiving special juror’s awards, and one voted “People’s Choice”, were auctioned at the event. The Best in Show award went to Harold Greene, whose Cabinet Oak Project submission “Voting Box” was inspired by his recollection of President Johnson’s signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Additional juror’s awards were given to Rusty Yates, for the submission “Quercus Concilium Johnsonii”; Tom Garrett, for “History’s Witness”; Mariko Jesse, for “Conversations I”; Katy Nail, for “Storyteller”; DorRae Stevens and Marti Corn, for “Our Natural Splendor”; and Pecos Pryor, for “Cone”. Cindee Klement’s submission "Contemplation" won the People’s Choice award.

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson


Deep Roots in the Texas Hill Country

President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a deep attachment to place, heritage, and nature. In particular, he had a deep connection to his beloved ranch in Stonewall, Texas—where he was born, lived, and spent over one-quarter of his presidency.

The ranch was his respite, but it was also his workplace: he held important meetings with his Cabinet, international dignitaries, celebrities, and friends.

Many of these events,...


Juror and Art Advisers

Our Cabinet Oak Project juror and art advisors each offered wide-ranging experience, a distinct point of view and important contributions to critical art discourse and curatorial practice. They shared their thoughtful perspectives in selecting innovative artists and works throughout the process.

Katie Robinson Edwards, Ph.D.

Katie Robinson Edwards is the Executive...


2023 Live Auction and Celebration - Thanks!

The unique importance of place and local ties defined so many aspects of LBJ’s presidency. We are so grateful to our many generous sponsors and host committee members. Their support not only helped preserve this legacy, they’ve played a part in its history.

We are especially indebted to the outstanding support of Garrison Brothers Distillery for for hosting the event and, the tireless work of their staff, and the donation of two bottles...