Palm Springs Art Museum Presents “Art Party 2023” Gala

Event will honor Light + Space Artist Phillip K. Smith III

Celebrating the return of in-person events, Palm Springs Art Museum will hold its signature annual fundraiser Art Party 2023 on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at the museum’s main location at 101 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs.

Art Party 2023 will honor contemporary artist Phillip K. Smith III, who has a long history with the museum. In 2003, he became the first president of the Architecture and Design Council and in 2010, he was part of the museum’s artist-in-residence program where he created Aperture, his first internally lit, light-based sculpture. For his upcoming exhibition at the museum—Phillip K. Smith III: Light + Change—the artist is defining seven individual spaces for intimate and enveloping experiences in light and change. The selection of free-standing objects, wall-mounted works, and immersive installations demonstrates the breadth of his mastery of his medium.

The gala is co-chaired by Sally Kovler, Katherine Malkin, and Leslie Usow, and produced by Frank Goldstin and Momentous. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a catered dinner by Eight4Nine Restaurant & Catering, and then an after-party. New this year are sponsorships for in-gallery dining experiences in which guests will be seated in one of the spectacular galleries, uniquely customized to suit each individual space. For more information on these special opportunities, visit at A limited number of Individual tickets are $1,000 per person and are available online. Cocktail attire is suggested.

“I am thrilled to work with our board and community to usher the museum into the next stage of its evolution,” said Adam Lerner, JoAnn McGrath Executive Director / CEO. “The museum is now fiscally solvent and poised for growth. We are ideally positioned to broaden our engagement with the community, presenting exemplary exhibitions, offering impactful educational programs, and building our collections. We look forward to celebrating past accomplishments and future initiatives at the gala.”

Generous sponsorship support for Art Party 2023 provided by Rebecca Benaroya, Berger Family Foundation, Richard M. Cain & Steven A. Brown, L.J. Cella, Christine Cross, Marcy & Leo Edelstein, Jane Emison & Mike Tierney, Helene Galen & Jamie Kabler, Larry Ginsberg & Robert Levine, Jessica & Gary Grace, Craig Hartzman & James John, Roberta Holland, Vicki & Bill Hood, Amy Dragland Johnson & Bo Johnson, Robert Kohl & Clark Pellett, The Kovler Family Foundation, The Malkin Family, Patsy & David Marino, Tom Minder & Duke Kulas, Barry & Candice Morse, Pam & Jim Muzzy, Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad, Diane Rubin & Lenny Eber, William D. Rutherford & Joan Robertson Lamb, John Sacchi & Stephen Simoni, Phyllis & Gary Schahet, Pamela Schmider, Lisa & Phillip K. Smith III, Becky & Phillip K Smith Jr., Linda M. Usher & Malcolm D. Lambe, and Leslie and Dr. Barry Usow.

For additional information about Palm Springs Art Museum Art Party 2023 visit or call (760) 322-4800.

For more information about Palm Springs Art Museum exhibitions, programs, and events, please visit or call (760) 322-4800.

About Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum is an integral part of the rich history of art, design, and architecture that has come to define the Coachella Valley. As the area’s largest cultural institution, the museum endeavors to honor the past while being resolutely forward thinking. The museum’s mission is to be a welcoming space that embraces all cultures through programs, exhibitions, and experiences that attract and respond to the diverse interests and backgrounds of the community. The flagship building, located in downtown Palm Springs, features compelling art exhibitions, a vast permanent collection, and the Annenberg Theater, all in a 150,000-square-foot, architecturally significant building. Five blocks away, the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, features exhibitions exploring the topics of architecture and design.

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