Thank you for making the 2018 Benefit Art Auction a success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2018 Benefit Art Auction a success. Together, generous sponsors, a dedicated staff and board of directors, talented artists and the art buyers who appreciate their work were able to raise funds to support the Exhibitions Program that will bring over 20 exhibitions to the Lawrence community in the coming year.

We are fortunate to have such amazing sponsors who believe in the program.

Since 2015, Edmonds Duncan has been our signature sponsor, and they never cease to amaze me with their steadfast generosity. Their team believes in the power of art, and the vision of the Lawrence Arts Center’s Exhibition Program.

Stevens & Brand and Lawrence Business Magazine have been longtime supporters of the arts and the Exhibitions Program at the Arts Center, as have the great people at Mainline Printing who continue to provide us the most beautiful print materials, including the gorgeous auction catalog.

And what would a party be without spirits, food, and flowers? City Wine Market and Merchants Pub & Plate went above and beyond, providing over-the-top hors d’oeuvres and drinks for our guests. Free State Brewing Company, Boulevard Brewing, and Bittersweet Floral brought the beer and blooms.

Additional and essential support was provided by Biemer’s BBQ, Checker’s Foods, Paden Photography, and Sunflower Rentals.

We are incredibly fortunate to have them all as a part of the Arts Center family.

Thank you to everyone who made a purchase of art.

We are so grateful to you for supporting the program in this way. We hope that you will get to know the artists better, and continue collecting and living with art throughout the year.

I appreciate every staff and board member who helped make this fantastic event happen.

Their dedication to this organization and support they showed through their efforts on April 14 makes me confident about the future of the Arts Center. I would especially like to thank Tony Julo, Brent Lind, Kelly Rodriguez, Jeremy Rockwell, Cindy Maude, and Alex Olson.

Last but not least, thank you to the artists.

Without your support, the Exhibitions Program could not exist. Working with artists throughout the year is a privilege, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity. I always look forward to seeing you in the gallery and having great conversations. The artwork in the 2018 Benefit Auction was stunning.

Thank you!
Ben