Fred Gans, Shelby Gans, Wayne Thiebaud and Colleen Casey

See Inside CCA’s Gala Honoring Wayne Thiebaud

The event raised over $1.2 Million for Student Scholarship Fund!

Artist Wayne Thiebaud was honored last week by California College of the Arts at its annual gala, raising over $1.2 million for CCA student scholarships.

Over 350 supporters attended the event at the college’s Eighth Street campus in San Francisco, which Stanlee Gatti Designs transformed into a colorful tented space inspired by Thiebaud’s painting Two Paint Cans (1987).

Wayne Thiebaud
Wayne Thiebaud

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Joining in the celebration of the legendary 98-year old artist, who received an honorary doctorate in 1972 from CCA (then known as California College of Arts and Crafts), were leaders of major San Francisco arts institutions, such as John and Gretchen Berggruen, Nion McEvoy, Jennifer Biederbeck, Gary Garrels, Kelly Purcell, Lawrence Rinder, Lauren Ryan and Charlie Spalding.

Wayne Thiebaud's Two Paint Cans (1987)
Wayne Thiebaud’s Two Paint Cans (1987)

Notable designers, architects, and artists we spotted at the event included Sara Bird, Squeak Carnwath, Arthur Gensler Jr., George Jewett, Byron Kuth, Zack Lara, Stanley Saitowitz, Sandy Walker, Alyssa Warnock, and Sonya Yu.

Carol Bonnie, Gretchen Berggruen and Penny Coulter
Carol Bonnie, Gretchen Berggruen and Penny Coulter

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Among the many cultural and society figures attending were Todd Berardi, Victoire Brown, Lorna Meyer Calas and Dennis Calas, Jim and Penny Coulter, vice president of user experience at Google Catherine Courage, John and Ellen Drew, Fred and Shelby Gans, Stanlee Gatti, Michael Krasny, Deedee McMurtry, Michele and Chris Meany, Eileen and Peter Michael, Amanda Michaels, Diana Nelson and John Atwater, Katie Paige, Alexandra Pelosi, Paul Pelosi, Alison Pincus, Cathy and Mike Podell, Leslie Podell, John Pritzker, Clint and Janet Reilly, Norah and Norman Stone, Kim Swig, Katie Traina, Kay Kimpton Walker and Sandy Walker, and Summer Walker.

Stanlee Gatti, Lorna Meyer Calas, Steve Beal and Cathy Podell
Stanlee Gatti, Lorna Meyer Calas, Steve Beal and Cathy Podell

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

The gala, helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Cathy Podell and Stanlee Gatti with honorary committee chair Lorna Meyer Calas, began with a lively cocktail reception, where guests enjoyed libations by Rye and musical entertainment by Eric Long while mingling amid an exhibition curated by CCA alumna Lisa Jonas Taylor (MFA Fine Arts 2014) that brought together work from current students and alumni influenced by Wayne Thiebaud.

Berlin Gabrielle Barrera, Eleni Berg, Rebekah Goldstein, Woody De Othello, and Leah Rosenberg were the artists whose works were presented.

Janet Reilly, Paul Pelosi, Sandy Walker and Clint Reilly
Janet Reilly, Paul Pelosi, Sandy Walker and Clint Reilly

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Following dinner (catered by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events), CCA President Stephen Beal kicked off the evening’s program by highlighting the college’s major initiatives and the bright future ahead for the college.

Cathy Podell, Stanlee Gatti, Steve Beal, Carol Nash and Steve Nash
Cathy Podell, Stanlee Gatti, Steve Beal, Carol Nash and Steve Nash

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

“We’re working with MacArthur Award–winning architect Jeanne Gang to design our new campus, which will be a living, learning laboratory for creative experimentation in the heart of San Francisco,” stated President Beal.

“This exciting future is possible thanks to the legacy of CCA faculty and alumni and by the world class, creative community in the Bay Area. Wayne Thiebaud is surely one of the most distinguished leaders of that community.”

Timothy Anglin Burgard, Carolyn Kovats, Carol Nash and Steve Nash
Timothy Anglin Burgard, Carolyn Kovats, Carol Nash and Steve Nash

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Following keynote remarks by scholar Steven Nash, and some impromptu words by Thiebaud, a video tribute featuring an exclusive interview with KQED Forum host Michael Krasny covered Mr. Thiebaud’s approach to being a painter, philosophies on being an artist, the importance of teaching, and his contributions to art history.

Alexandra Pelosi, Paul Pelosi
Alexandra Pelosi, Paul Pelosi

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

In a surprise close to the evening, a never-before-seen page from Mr. Thiebaud’s sketchbook, showing nine pen-and-ink drawings of compositional studies for his iconic paintings, was auctioned for $42,000.

See more photos from the stellar evening below!

LeShelle May, Gary May
LeShelle May, Gary May

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Zack Lara, Sonya Yu

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Katie Traina, Katie Paige
Katie Traina, Katie Paige

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Norman Stone, Sonja Perkins, Norah Stone
Norman Stone, Sonja Perkins, Norah Stone

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Leigh Matthes
Leigh Matthes

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Richard Kramlich, John Berggruen
Richard Kramlich, John Berggruen

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Emily Johnson, Alyssa Warnock
Emily Johnson, Alyssa Warnock

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Kitty Morgan, Charles Desmarais
Kitty Morgan, Charles Desmarais

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Cathy Podell, Kay Walker, Lorna Meyer Calas
Cathy Podell, Kay Walker, Lorna Meyer Calas

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Michelle Harris, Katherine Wagner, Maria Hemphill, Kelsey Shell
Michelle Harris, Katherine Wagner, Maria Hemphill, Kelsey Shell

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography