For over 40 years the Lawrence Arts Center has been a creative fixture in the community, playing a central role in nurturing artistic development for people of all ages. The Annual Benefit Art Auction was established by artists in 1981 as a way to fund the not-for-profit Arts Center gallery and raise the funds needed to support the Exhibitions Program, now occupying five spaces and enriched by Art Talks, films, and more.
This year we are excited to partner with the Department of Art History at the University of Kansas to provide background and insight on participating artists and their work. David Cateforis, Department Chair and Art History Professor, will lead graduate students enrolled in the course Art Here, Art Now as they select and research some of the artists participating in the Art Auction. The Arts Center Exhibitions team will facilitate the project by connecting graduate students to artists, allowing the students a chance to visit artists in their studios. Students’ profiles of Auction artists will be available here on the Lawrence Arts Center blog.
Our goals for this collaboration are to promote the appreciation of local artists and, of course, to encourage people to buy art!
Approximately 175 pieces generously donated by artists will be on exhibit for four weeks, and bids can be made in the Lawrence Arts Center galleries and online from March 8 through April 12. The live auction will be held April 13. Bidding on art is a great way to help support exhibitions at the Lawrence Arts Center and a fantastic opportunity to own one-of-a-kind, original art.