Deborah Colton is a patron of the arts in the United States and internationally. Having served as a Board Member of Exit Art and the Advisory Committee of Artadia in New York, Colton has been a Board Member of the Dallas McKinney Art Contemporary (MAC) since 2007 and currently also serves on the Advisory Board of Anthology Films Archives in New York. In Houston, in addition to supporting many art non profits over the years, Colton continues her mission through various endeavors to help make Houston a destination city for the arts, nationally and internationally and to provide Texas with more significant arts and culture.
As part of this mission, Colton opened the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston shortly after she and her family moved back from Asia in 2000. Over the years, Deborah Colton Gallery has sponsored numerous exhibitions that featured artists from Asia, the Middle East – Arab world, Russia, Canada, Latin America and Europe, with the goal of encouraging more understanding and cross cultural exchange through the arts. A strong part of the gallery’s mission is to promote Texas and national artists also and provide a forum to connect Texas, national and international artists to help create positive change.