Wendt Award Dinner


Sunday, October 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hollywood, CA

Laguna Art Museum will present the Wendt Award to renowned California artist Tony DeLap during an exclusive dinner on Sunday, October 29.

The Wendt Award, named after one of the great Laguna Beach artists of the past who helped establish the museum, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the knowledge and appreciation of California art. Previous recipients of the award include Ruth Westphal, Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Alexander, and Yvonne Boseker.

The Wendt Award Dinner will be an elegant affair featuring delicious cuisine, live music, and special guest speakers who will reflect on Tony DeLap’s life and ongoing advocacy for California art. The event will take place at an exclusive, private club in Hollywood. For information about the location, please email Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza or call 949.494.8971, x219.

Proceeds from the event support the museum’s modern and contemporary art collection and related exhibitions and education programs.


Tickets and Table Opportunities

Individual tickets and table and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please CLICK HERE to make your reservations. For information, please email Director of Special Events Sarah Strozza, or call 949.494.8971, x219.


About the Honoree

Tony DeLap is Orange County’s foremost living artist. He has been at the nexus of significant art movements throughout his career. A leading practitioner of Southern California minimalism and “finish/fetish,” he also played a part in the development of op art, hard-edge painting, the California Light and Space movement, and site-specific installation. For years he has played with the concept of an artwork’s edge and explored the point where painting and sculpture intersect. His expertise and interest in magic have led him to make objects “float” and otherwise defy explanation. He was the first art professor to be hired at the University of California, Irvine, and taught there for thirty years, influencing generations of young artists.


Wendt Award Event Committees

Executive Committee

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Committee of Honor

Pam Banks Chris Heijnen                     Peter Alexander UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman
Stephen Barker Mike McGee   Stephanie Barron Joe Goode
Sheldon Harte Miriam Smith Larry Bell Marcia Hafif
Robert Hayden, III Yvonne Boseker John Mason
Laddie John Dill Alexis Smith
Doug Dreishpoon Wayne Thiebaud
Peter Frank Ruth Westphal