California Visionary Gala

Honoring acclaimed California art historian and author, Patricia Trenton, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
6:00–10:00pm
The Gamble House 

The PMCA California Visionary Fund preserves and promotes the state’s rich artistic vision. Its purpose is to further the research and study of California art and design through PMCA-organized exhibitions, publications, and educational outreach programs. Gifts to the California Visionary Fund are welcomed year-round, furthering the larger mission of the PMCA. The California Visionary Gala is hosted biennially to honor an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the study and preservation of California art. Funds raised from the Gala directly support the California Visionary Fund and the donor’s designated project.

In the inaugural year of this initiative, the PMCA Board of Directors has chosen to honor the acclaimed California art historian and author, Patricia Trenton, Ph.D., for her numerous contributions to the study and presentation of California art. She has offered focused analysis on the works of Joseph Kleitsch and Edgar Payne, to name a few, as well as more comprehensive texts surveying the imprint of female artists in California and elucidating key historical movements, such as California Impressionism. Her seminal research has explored how fascination with or inspiration by place—namely California—influenced the visual arts in early twentieth century California and how artistic representations, in turn, made sense of an untrammeled region shaped by pioneers who forged identity and society against the backdrop of the California landscape. The Museum is delighted to pay tribute to one of California’s great art historians and we hope you will join us in honoring her. 


The California Visionary Gala will be an elegant affair hosted at one of Pasadena’s most cherished National Historical Landmarks, the Gamble House. It will feature a brief tour of the Gamble House, a lively cocktail reception, live music, a delicious three-course meal, and renowned special guest speakers who will reflect on the historian’s life and career—including Pat’s longtime friend and Historical Collections of California Art’s President, Robert Ehrlich, and the Autry Museum of the American West’s Chief Curator and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts, Amy Scott, Ph.D.

Proceeds and Recognition
Contributions to the California Visionary Fund as well as proceeds from the biennial California Visionary Gala are recognized on the PMCA California Visionary Fund donor wall and the PMCA website. Donors at the $1,000 and above level will receive acknowledgment of support under the designated project of their choice.

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