Donating artwork to a fundraising auction can help artists to increase exposure for their work while also benefiting a good cause. This fall I am donating framed prints to two events that raise money for important causes while also focusing on art — both events are coming up soon and tickets are still available.
Art for Life, now in its 15th year and a highlight on the art calendar, supports the Whitman Walker Clinic’s HIV/AIDS prevention services for communities of color. The event includes a beautiful color catalog, a gallery-style exhibition, and the excitement of a live auction (as an artist, there is nothing as nervewracking — and exhilarating — as watching people bid on your work).
Art for Life will be held Friday, November 14, starting at 6:00pm, at the Carnegie Institute of Washington at 1530 P Street NW. For tickets and information see: www.wwc.org/artforlife/index.html
Critical Exposure is holding their first fundraising auction, titled Picture Equality: An Evening of Empowerement through Photography, in conjunction with Fotoweek DC. Critical Exposure is a nonprofit organization that teaches middle and high school students to document issues that impact their lives through photography and to use their images and voices to advocate for change. The event is devoted solely to photography, and the organizers have managed to get support and donated artwork from luminaries in the field.
Picture Equality will be held Wednesday, November 19, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, at L2 Lounge at 3315 Cady’s Alley NW in Georgetown. For more information about the event see: www.criticalexposure.org/pictureequality.