The Contemporary Dayton’s virtual art auction is open for bidding

The Contemporary Dayton’s 26th Annual Art Auction — one of its biggest fundraisers — has gone virtual this year.

The event, now underway, will continue through Aug. 30, with the auction on livestream at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. There is no cost to participate. Online bidding is available at Bidding will close on Sunday at 9 p.m.

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“While we will miss the liveliness of the typical auction party, we are thankful to be hosting virtually and keeping our community members safe during this time,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of The Co.

More than 100 works of art including paintings, photographs, prints, jewelry and sculpture in ceramic, wood, glass, and bronze created by artists from the Miami Valley will be available for online bidding and the live auction livestream. Prices start at $60.

“The Contemporary Dayton Art Auction is one way in which we showcase, promote and celebrate the vast talent of our region’s numerous artists. This much-anticipated event draws tastemakers, young professionals, community leaders, and philanthropic donors who truly believe art elevates our daily lives,” Buttacavoli said.

Among the artists represented in the 2020 Art Auction include some of the region’s most notable, including Dave Ackels, Willis “Bing” Davis, John Emery, Katherine Kadish, Mychaelyn Michalec, Andy Snow and Terry Welker.

Viewing artwork and registration is free but you must register to bid.

Proceeds will provide critical funding to The Co in support of programs for artists and the public that build understanding of and appreciation for the role of art in today’s society.

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The Co will also donate 10% of proceeds raised from the art auction to The RubiGirls Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ students and straight allies and the YWCA Dayton’s Stand Against Racism Campaign 2020, both of which are working on the frontlines of social justice and anti-oppression.

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