THE PARTY Art enthusiasts filled the Uline Arena to view pieces available for sale at the Washington Project for the Arts Auction Gala. In between sipping cocktails, enjoying desserts and dancing, guests bid on their favorite artwork created by artists based in cities all over the country, some even as far as Nigeria and Scotland.
THE PEOPLE In collecting the artwork to prepare for the auction, WPA worked with eight talented artist-curators from DC, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. These included Deana Haggag, President and CEO of United States Artists, José Ruiz, artist and director at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Graphic Design Curatorial Practice, and Sarah Stolfa, artist and director of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.
BEST IN SHOW The 174 pieces up for auction included a wide variety of unique and colorful ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photographs and graphics. The designs contained depictions of flowers, nature and people and the sculptures used an abundance of natural-looking materials. The collection also included some captivating graphic design prints. -Marissa Paiano
Photography by Nick Klein