U.Va. Art Museum Celebrates 12th Annual Holiday Art Auction Dec. 1

November 08, 2007

Nov. 8, 2007 – The University of Virginia Art Museum celebrates its 12th Holiday Art Auction, "When We Were Twelve" on Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Sponsor’s Hall at the Darden Graduate School of Business. This event, held annually on the first Saturday in December, has blossomed over the years to become one of the most-anticipated social and cultural events of the season. For many years the event was organized by the museum’s Young Friends group; it is now a program of the Family and Outreach Committee of the museum’s Volunteer Board.

Through sponsorships and the silent art auction, the event has raised invaluable funds in support of the museum’s family and youth programs, including Summer Arts @ the Museum. This unique summer arts academy offers youth entering grades 4-12 the opportunity to work with professional artists and explore a wide variety of mediums. Nearly half of all Summer Arts participants receive full, need-based scholarships, thanks to foundation, endowment and individual support, as well as funds raised from the Holiday Art Auction.

This year’s theme – "WHEN WE WERE 12" – celebrates the 12th year of this popular event. Donations by artists and businesses as well as decorations and the drink created just for the evening -- the Surly Temple – are inspired by the theme. In addition to the silent auction, for the first time a few works will be auctioned live. Many area restaurants are donating food and refreshments, and those who attend will enjoy listening and dancing to the band Jeebus.

Some of this year’s sponsors are Blue Mountain Brewery and Hop Farm, Caspari, Ecco Domani and Coastal Lumber, as well as numerous fine restaurants, caterers and individuals. Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $250 to $5,000. Sponsors receive complimentary tickets and museum memberships. The museum also invites area artists to donate works to the auction. Participating artists also receive complimentary tickets and museum memberships.

Tickets to the Holiday Art Auction are $50 for members and $55 for non-members, when purchased in advance at the museum. Tickets are $60 at the door.

For information, call (434) 243-8854 or e-mail museum director Jill Hartz at jhartz@virginia.edu.