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Art auction aims to catch the green

January 14, 2004

Image of collage of man's face and several photos of him and othersThink you have to be a Medici or Getty to be a patron of the arts? Not so, say organizers of an art auction at the campus' Fine Arts Gallery on Friday, Jan. 16, to benefit the University’s Headlands Center for the Arts graduate artist-in-residency program.

Called "Out of the Red and Into the Black," the event is free and features a silent auction of more than 50 works of art donated by current and former faculty and alumni artists, electronic ambient music by Grey Otter, poetry performances and refreshments.

The artwork includes photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics and textiles. Starting bids range from $10 to $50. Among the donations are a framed-screen print by British artist Joe Tilson, whose work is in the Tate in London, and a lithograph called the "3 Graces" by Mexican artist Raúl Anguiano.

MFA student and painter Bohdanna Kesala organized the benefit to raise at least $3,800 for the Art Department's yearly graduate residency scholarship at the prestigious Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County. Recipients enjoy free studio space, the opportunity to segue from art school into life as a professional artist and the company of an exceptional group of pioneering artists working in all disciplines -- visual, literary, film/video, performing and interdisciplinary -- from throughout the United States and the world.

Image of metal and ceramic pieceBudget cuts prevented the department from funding the scholarship last year, Kesala said. "So we put together an auction committee and asked alumni, faculty and the community to get us out of the red and into the black by donating and buying art."

Past SFSU Headlands scholarship recipients include Rueben Lorch-Miller, represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, and Christian Maychack, whose work was recently on view in "Closer than You Think" at the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco. Both artists donated pieces for the auction.

Image of ceramic guitarFaculty who have donated work include David Kuroaka, ceramics; Candace Crockett, textiles; Barbara Foster, printmaking; and Art Department Chair Sylvia Walters, printmaking.

In addition to SFSU, other co-sponsoring institutions include California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, University of San Francisco and Mills College. Each organization is responsible for funding the scholarship.

The auction will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery in room 238 of the Fine Arts Building.

-- Susan Arthur


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