Photo credit: Cecily Arno


The Pasadena Art Alliance will hold its annual benefit, SNAP Portrait, on the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2017. This year, the event will be held at Eyeboogie Studios, a captivating production space in the vibrant DTLA area.


At the benefit, 24 unique commissioned photographic portraits created in collaboration with advanced photography students at ArtCenter College of Design will be revealed for the first time. The benefit also includes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid on five incredible works of art by renowned artists Todd Gray, Mark Laita, Ed Moses, Catherine Opie, and Julius Shulman.


The first Art Alliance portrait benefit was in 2003, and has evolved into one of its most popular fundraisers, where the benefactors literally become the art. Dubbed SNAP, as the portraits are primarily photographs, this unique event concept begins with a portrait patron commissioning an art student to create their own likeness, or that of loved ones.


More information on SNAP Portrait, the live auction artists, and tickets to the event is available at


Since 1955, the Pasadena Art Alliance has awarded $5.6 million in grants, awards and exhibition funding to Southern California arts institutions. Their grants foster an appreciation for contemporary visual arts in Southern California by supporting artists, exhibitions, educational programs (college and graduate) and art-oriented, non-profit organizations. The Pasadena Art Alliance Impact Award, given for the first time last year to commemorate their 60th anniversary, complements the grants program by honoring organizations that impact youth through contemporary art. Both programs fill a vital funding need for these institutions.