answers for sponsors, artists, and patrons
- What are the sponsor opportunities? Find sponsor levels and benefits here.
- Why should I sponsor the Cabinet Oak Project? Your sponsorship will provide critical funds needed to develop an immersive visitor experience of the Texas White House. Our goal to is to achieve excellence in the restoration of the Texas White House and to educate and inspire future generations.
What will the funds raised be used for? The Park’s most urgent priority is the restoration of President Johnson’s beloved Texas White House. Closed since 2018 due to structural and mechanical issues, the Park is embarking on a complete restoration of the home.
Although the Park Service has been allocated federal funding, it falls short of the amount needed to provide much needed enhancements to the visitor experience. Proceeds from the Cabinet Oak Project will directly benefit the restoration and preservation of this national treasure for generations to come.
In addition to supporting restoration of the Texas White House, a portion of the proceeds will go toward funding the development of a future Artist-in-Residence Program at the Park. Park officials have received a study by art consultant Mark Smith that analyzed similar programs at other National Parks. Your support will help to make both projects a reality.
- Who is hosting the Cabinet Oak Project? The Cabinet Oak Project and celebration is hosted by the Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, which supports the National Park Service by providing ongoing financial support for programs, restoration efforts and recreational events at the Park.
- Who is the juror for the Cabinet Oak Project? Katie Robinson Edwards, Ph.D., Executive Director and Curator of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum in Austin, will serve as the juror and will select invited artists to participate. You can learn more about her here.
What does the source material look like and how big are the pieces? You can see pictures of some of the material here.
If selected by the juror, what kind of wood object will I be provided to use? The Cabinet Oak team will select your unique part of the fallen live oak limb. You are welcome to submit to us any specific preferences in the Concepts and Techniques file upload that fit your idea for what you will create.
- If selected, how much time do I have to create my work? You should receive your portion of the wood no later than August 31, 2022. We need to receive photos of your completed art by March 15, 2023.
What kind of works may be created from the wood? All kinds of contemporary art are acceptable, including the full range of styles and techniques found in the current art scene.
Can the wood be used for techniques other than carving and construction of sculpture? Yes, all forms of contemporary art are encouraged, including photography, video, printmaking, conceptual art, minimalist art, installation art, cast bronze, etc.
Are there restrictions to how the wood may be used? No. It can be modified and/or added to in any way.
May I involve collaborators and/or added materials in creating the work? Yes, as needed. Multiple artists operating as a recognized art producer will be considered.
How is the wood, then the art, transported? We encourage you to pick up and/or deliver the wood/final work in person in Johnson City. If not, the Friends of LBJ National Historical Park will ship it to you at their expense. You will need to deliver or ship (at your expense) the finished work to a designated location in the Hill Country.
Do I get any portion of the auction sale of my work? Artists are asked to select a contribution level of 55%, 65%, 75% or 100%. All funds raised go directly to the Texas White House Restoration and the Artist-in-Residence Program.
What if my work does not sell at the auction? The Friends of LBJ National Historic Park will continue to market the work on their website. If any works are not sold after a period of time to be determined, it will be returned to you at the Friend’s expense, or picked up by you, in person.
- When is the Live Auction and Celebration? The Live Auction and Celebration will be on May 6, 2023 in Hye Texas near the LBJ Ranch.
- When is the Live Auction and Celebration? The Live Auction and Celebration will be at Garrison Brothers Distillery on May 6, 2023.
- Where can I see the art before the Live Auction and Celebration? You can see photographs of the finished artwork here (coming spring of 2023).