LCAD’s 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala + Live Auction

The Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) Collector’s Choice Gala and Live Auction was held on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The event included an intimate, in-person VIP experience held at the Big Bend Campus, near the future site of the new LCAD Student Center. The show was also broadcast live, via Vimeo and Mobilecause simulcast, allowing people to share the experience virtually, from anywhere in the world. The event raised more than $170,000 in support of our annual fund and student merit scholarships.

Gala attendees were treated to a film-noir style short film, The Heist, produced by the LCAD Marketing and Communications team. The film, written and directed by LCAD's Director of Marketing and Communications Marc Lyncheski, also stars LCAD Trustees Jared and Kate Mathis, Director of Development Tracy Hartman, and features Richard MacDonald's Angelic Crystal, Atelier donated by Dawson Cole Fine Art. View the full video below.

In an inspiring video, LCAD Graphic Design + Digital Media alumna and merit scholarship recipient, Jessica Necor (2015) recalled how her parents lost their business during the 2008 recession. “There was no money for college,” she said. “When I found out I was offered a full ride scholarship at LCAD, I was over-the-moon excited, and it changed everything for me.” View the full video below.

Another LCAD Alum, Kayla Janes (2021), provided a live demo of a painting that was also featured as part of the silent auction collection.

Featured auction items were a hand-picked collection of paintings and sculptures contributed by several artists and collectors, including Richard MacDonald through Dawson Cole Fine Art, Lisa Dallendorfer, Jorg Dubin, Jennifer Griffiths, Deborah Harold, Mark Jacobucci, Kayla Janes, Tim Lemen, Hilary McCarthy, Elizabeth McGhee, Siân Poeschl, Bradford J. Salamon, Anthony Salvo, Jeff Sewell, Marc Whitney and Scott Yeskel. LCAD supporters that would still like to contribute may give to the students by texting “CC21” to 41444.


Collector’s Choice is lcad’s premier annual fundraising event that directly supports lcad’s students and its programs, and helps to fund the $2.5 million in student scholarships we award annually.


29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala + Live Auction

Friday, November 16th 2018 @ 5:30pm

Montage Laguna Beach

30801 South Coast Highway

Laguna Beach, California 92651


LCAD’s 2017 Collector’s Choice Gala + Live Auction was our most successful event yet! Supporters like you helped to raise over $315,000 for LCAD’s students and programs. Attendees were awed by the elegant and colorful decor at Montage Laguna Beach.  The art for the live auction was comprised of LCAD faculty and alumni and other local professional artists. Along with a “Mystery Item” provided by Carla Arzente and saltfineart, the high-quality fair created a fun and lively experience for all.


Exquisite cuisine was provided by Montage Laguna Beach Executive Chef Rob Wilson paired with fine wine from LCA Wine.


Live entertainment was provided by the dynamic and energetic Saga Strings. Saga Strings’ unique blend of rock and dance tracks mixed with the latest popular hits and classical music packed the dance floor and enlivened the evening for all in attendance.We’re very thankful to our 28th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala and Live Auction Committee. Their hard work, guidance, and vision combined to create this breathtaking and entertaining event.*


Be sure to join us in the spring for our Spring Fundraiser on Friday, April 20, 2018 at [seven-degrees] in Laguna Beach.