The Moulton Company's Transformational Gift Announced at LCAD's 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Gala

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) raised over $300,000 at its 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser held on Friday, November 16th at Montage Laguna Beach. The College also announced a $1 million gift from The Moulton Company to benefit the student experience at LCAD. It is the largest donation ever to the private, non-profit college that has been located in Laguna Canyon since 1961.


“The Moulton family has been a member of the LCAD family from our earliest days,” said President Jonathan Burke. “Their extraordinary generosity and volunteer leadership supports the success of LCAD students during their time at the College.”

Jared Mathis, chief executive officer of The Moulton Company and chair of the LCAD Board of Trustees was on hand to acknowledge the excitement of the crowd. “My family and I are incredibly inspired by LCAD’s young artists and designers who pursue their work with a commitment to excellence and absolute dedication,” he said. “We are honored to be part of LCAD’s legacy and to expand its support programs for the next generation of creative leaders.”


LCAD’s 29th Annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser was co-chaired by LCAD Board of Trustees members Carla Arzente of saltfineart and Sue Greenwood of Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Lou and Lara Rohl served as honorary co-chairs.


Auctioneer Jim Nye excited Orange County art collectors, LCAD donors, trustees, faculty, students and staff to bid for exceptional paintings, sculptures and luxury experiences donated by college alumni, faculty, respected artists and Laguna Beach galleries including saltfineart and Sue Greenwood Fine Art. Peter Neptune, master sommelier and Laguna Beach resident donated a magnum of Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2012, the top tier of Tuscan wines made from the Sangiovese grape to kick off the live auction. The artists who donated paintings and sculptures included Gerard Basil Stripling, Jonathan Burke, James Galindo, Michael Harnish, Kathy Jones, Jason Kowalski, Richard MacDonald, Adrienne Stein and Joseph Todorovitch. Arzente donated a mystery item later revealed to be a sculpture titled, Titanium by Cristian Castro. Additionally, Montage Laguna Beach donated a dinner at the Chef’s Table at Studio.


LCAD Drawing and Painting Alumnus and faculty member, Miguel Gonzales (2016) expressed his gratitude for the financial aid support he received as a student at LCAD. According to the College, nine out of ten students receive financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships.


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