Save the Date with Co-Chairs
About the Event
The ARTrageous Gala benefits dynamic and diverse performances, exhibitions, and arts education and outreach programs presented by Scottsdale Arts through its six dynamic branches. Due to exciting expansions to the Scottsdale Arts campus, The ARTrageous Gala with Co-Chairs Anita Lang and Oscar De las salas will be held in the neighboring Scottsdale Stadium. This iconic venue will be an unforgettable backdrop for an evening of celebration and performances. Upon arrival, the stadium will be transformed into a light-filled wonderland designed to excite and immerse gala guests.
ARTrageous attendees will enjoy an array of site-specific art installations and cirque-nouveau performances by Quixotic Fusion. Cocktail hour will include red carpet interviews, elevated culinary and beverage stations, and a silent auction. Guests will then proceed into the Field House for a stunning three-course dinner with live music and entertainment throughout dinner service.
Dinner features a Scottsdale Arts program, including a live auction and presentation of The Herberger Award for the Arts. Following dinner, the magic continues with an energizing and enigmatic grand finale performance by Quixotic. Using the power of music, dance, large-scale props, and stunning lighted projections, this celebration of multidimensional arts will light up the night.
“Mesmerizing” — The Atlantic
Quixotic is an innovative performance art collective that fuses imagination with technology, dance, projection mapping, and live music to create fully-immersive, multi-sensory experiences.
Quixotic was given Silicon Valley’s unofficial stamp of genius when they were invited to perform at the global TED Conference in 2012. A unique blend of performance art, technology, and emotion, Quixotic fuses all these elements into what The New York Times branded an “innovative circus performance,” and Men’s Journal declared “one of the best contemporary [cirque] acts.” They have performed for audiences worldwide and have helped launch brand products for companies such as BVLGARI, Faena Hotels, Garmin, HP, Smithsonian, and Toyota.
Quixotic harnesses light, rhythm, and expressive emotion.
Our 2022 Gala Co-Chairs
Anita Lang and Oscar De las salas
Anita Lang, Founder IMI Design
A sought-after interior designer, Anita Lang spearheads IMI Design, a premier luxury design firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects. Lang believes that good design elevates the human spirit. She brings a design philosophy of emotional intention behind every space she crafts. Since founding her firm in 1992, she has chosen to create spaces that speak as an extension of the people that dwell within them, eschewing both the simply functional and passing trends.
Under her leadership, IMI Design expanded its luxury residential and commercial design throughout the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica. The growing project roster includes luxurious residences, restaurants, club houses, spas, and midrise developments, earning the company a strong reputation for acumen in architectural detailing, materiality, bespoke appointments, and the artful curation of furnishings and art.
The exceptional skillset and talent behind the designs has been recognized through numerous accolades. In 2020, Lang became a centurion recipient of awards from the American Society of Interior Design, receiving her 107th award that year. In 2021, she was named Master of the Southwest by Phoenix Home and Garden. Her work has been showcased on upscale lifestyle television programs and she has been published more than 50 times in numerous shelter magazines. Her passion for refined taste in materials and furnishings is exemplified through her own product line offered through her company, Design 528, which includes a range of bespoke furnishings.
Community involvement and support of charitable organizations has been a benchmark of Lang’s career. In 2007, she established a nonprofit organization, the Inspire Foundation, which combines the talents of designers, architects, and artisans—along with educational institutes and students—to help support the community and bring the power of design to the lives of the distressed, especially women and children. As an art proponent, Lang supports many organizations and causes, locally and internationally, and currently serves on the board of directors of The Walter Hive. Feeling blessed by the incredible opportunities her creative career has provided, she feels compelled to forward the channels of the arts as much as possible to bring self-expression, empowerment, and joy to others.
Oscar De las salas
A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Oscar De las salas is an internationally recognized architect, specializing in interior architecture, with nearly three decades of experience designing federal, municipal, and community projects. De las salas’s early career led him to serve as lead project architect for the construction of four United States embassies in Bolivia, Colombia, Singapore, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Since his move to the United States from Spain, he has invested his talents locally, with several municipal projects across Arizona, including the award-winning Peoria Fire Station No. 196. He was also the facilitator and construction administrator for the permanent iconic public art installation Waterworks at Arizona Falls, located at Herberger Park on Indian School and 56th Street.
De las salas has served as the business development lead and design manager for the multinational design firm of Gensler since 2017 and is part of the regional client relationship leadership team.
As a strong supporter of the arts and youth guidance, De las salas is the vice-chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Diversity, Equality and Inclusion board; sits on the Friends of Phoenix Public Art Board and the Southwest Shakespeare board of directors; and has served for more than 15 years as advisory board member of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). His volunteering efforts have helped to raise more than 40 million dollars for some of the most accredited local, regional, and national organizations, and he has been recognized with honors by Valley Youth Theatre, City of Phoenix, and the Arizona House of Representatives.
During these unprecedented changing times, De las salas believes that our community can bring the best of the American spirit to the forefront and capitalize our potential for adaptation, innovation, and ingenuity to make us stronger as we emerge on the other side.
Become an ARTrageous Insider
To learn more about The ARTrageous Gala and gala committee, or to donate an auction item, please contact Lauren Zapien, membership and events manager, at 480-425-5347 or [email protected].
To become a sponsor of The ARTrageous Gala, please contact Denise Wisdom, corporate and foundation relations manager, at 480-874-4669 or [email protected].