The annual CCA gala plays an essential role in providing need-based scholarships to talented students. Thanks to generous supporters, 78% of CCA students receive scholarships and financial aid—our goal is to ensure that cost is never a barrier to an excellent education for aspiring artists and designers.


Honoring Jack Wadsworth

Adrienne Barry, John Berggruen, Jack Wadsworth, Susy Wadsworth

Adrienne Barry, John Berggruen, Jack Wadsworth, and Susy Wadsworth. Photo by Drew Altizer Photography.

California College of the Arts (CCA) celebrated long-time supporter and trustee Jack Wadsworth as the 2024 honoree at its annual gala, which took place Thursday, March 21. The event raised over $1.24 million for student scholarships. Organized by co-chairs Stanlee Gatti and Kimberlee Swig, attendees celebrated Wadsworth’s impact on the CCA community and his commitment to arts and design advocacy. The gala also paid tribute to Stephen Beal and his transformative leadership during his 25 year tenure as provost and president at CCA. San Francisco Mayor London Breed and other notable leaders from major art organizations came to show their support for CCA’s impact on arts education.

Past Galas

Unforgettable moments

A double exposure of two images overlooking dinner tables with guests at previous CCA Galas.

Remembering the fun

Previous galas have honored leaders in art and design, from the late Wayne Thiebaud to community leader Roselyne C. Swig, with the goal of raising important support for art and design students. We’ve gathered highlights from past celebrations in a collection of photos, videos, and more.


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