Now in its 37th year, the WPA Auction Gala is one of DC's most highly anticipated art events. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, dessert, a silent auction of more than 200 artworks, and a DJ-fueled dance party.  It is the primary way the WPA raises funds for its artist-driven exhibitions, programs, and projects, and sales are split 50-50 with the artists. The event this year will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the historic Uline Arena.


This year WPA invited a national art committee of six artists, collectors, and curators to help identify the artists whose work would be presented in the silent auction. We are grateful for their expertise.  

Edgar Arceneaux, artist, LA
Mark Beasley, Curator of Media and Performance, DC
Jocelyn Miller, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1, NYC
Frederick P. Ognibene, M.D., collector, DC
Jessica Stafford Davis, collector and founder, The Agora Culture, DC
Renée Stout, artist, DC


The Individual Ticket and Corporate Sponsorship portals are now live.

Party Tickets will be available in April.

If you have any questions, please contact Nathalie von Veh, Development & Outreach Manager, at or 202-234-7103 x101.


List in formation 

Douglas Development
White & Case

Brittany Bansak
Design Cuisine
Jennifer Baxter and Naomi O'Grady
Please Bring Chips
Judy and Andrew J. Sherman
Alexia and Roderick von Lipsey
Winmar Construction

Flux Studio
Fritz Ewins Art Transport
Hickok Cole Architects
Mary Snider State Farm Insurance
The Tower Companies

City First Bank
The Kimberly Hoover and Lynn Hackney Fund
No Kings Collective
Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds
Wollam Gardens

auction gala committee

Martha Blalock, Co-Chair
Lauren Hilyard, Co-Chair
Brittany Bansak
Zoë Charlton
Patty Delk
Linn Meyers
Jessica Naresh
José Ruiz


Uline Arena

1140 3rd St NE, 4th Floor



Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7pm