Celebrating 10 Years of Art, Design & Decoration

Above: The Independent Woman Luncheon always attracts a capacity crowd. Independent Woman Luncheon, 2019. 

Now in its 10th year, the Independent Woman Luncheon has become one of the most exclusive and exquisite benefit events in the Valley, distinguishing itself for its sheer panache, style and attention to detail. The luncheon celebrates the local community of premier designers, who come together each spring in support of exhibitions and arts education programs at Phoenix Art Museum. This year’s event will be held on March 2, 2020.

Above left: Ellen Katz, who created and chaired the inaugural IWL, is the 2020 honoree. Above right: Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is the 2020 keynote speaker. 

This year’s event will honor Ellen Katz, who created and chaired the inaugural luncheon in 2011, along with other former chairs. Serving as the 2020 co-chairs are Lisa Portigal and Libby Cohen and the Committee Advisor is Matthew Boland. Committee members include George Abrams, Molly Dalton and Katie Drost. Distinctive Custom Cabinetry is the Partner Underwriter and Executive Sponsors include David E. Adler Fine Rugs, Desert Star Construction, Inc., PHX Architecture and Salcito Custom Homes. 

Above: Two examples of Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s design projects.

Continuing its tradition of welcoming a high-profile designer to serve as the keynote speaker, the event will present Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whose work will inspire one-of-a-kind centerpieces designed by Valley design firms for the occasion.

Bullard is a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based interior designer renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting, interiors. He has been consistently named one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Decor’s A-List, and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter

Above: All of the tablescapes were adorned with striking floral centerpieces and unique tabletop items. Independent Woman Luncheon,  2019.

His work has appeared in more than 4,000 publications worldwide, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Bullard’s celebrity clientele include Kylie Jenner, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes, to name a few. 

Bullard will be available to sign copies of his book Design & Decoration. The event also promises one-of-a-kind themed centerpieces created by top Valley design firms, which will be inspired by Bullard’s dynamic work. Guests will enjoy an auction during which they can bid on tablescapes to remember the unique occasion.

Above: Last year’s keynote speaker, Cathy B. Graham, addresses the attendees. Independent Woman Luncheon, 2019.


The Independent Woman Luncheon, created by longtime Museum supporter Ellen Katz, has become a much-anticipated annual event. The Museum honors the many volunteer chairs and committee members who work tirelessly each year to advise, organize and produce the Independent Woman Luncheon. Through their efforts over $2,000,000 has been raised on behalf of Phoenix Art Museum since IWL’s inception, further expanding access to art across our diverse community. For more information, visit

WHEN: March 2, 2020 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Phoenix Art Museum

CONTACT: or 602.307.2012

ATTIRE: Luncheon Chic

TICKETS: $300 per person. Sponsorships and tables are available.