The 29th iteration of this exhibition highlighted some of the region's most talented artists, presenting a broad range of media and styles of both new and emerging artists as well as more established career artists.  As an annual WPA presentation, the auction exhibition has gained new stature and recognition, evolving from a brief 'showing' of artists' works as a preview for the WPA's auction event, to one of the most prestigious and recognizable art showcases of its kind.  Cream was a notable survey of contemporary art in the region and beyond, featuring works by more than 110 local and national artists selected by an esteemed group of eight top curators including scholars, museum directors, practitioners and collectors.  The works were on view until the WPA 2010 Art Auction Gala on March 6, during which the exhibited works were sold to the highest bidders. Auctioneer Henry Howard Sneyd of Sotheby's started the evening off to a lively start with the auction of an original work by Robert Mapplethorpe. This exhibition and related programming was supported in part by:  the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center; Haleh Design, Allied Telecom, Arent Fox, Arnold & Porter, LLP, DC Magazine, Handle With Care, Inc.; J+J/Invision; MOI; TTR Sotheby's International Realty, Akridge, Michael-Cleary, Inc., Robert Shields Interiors, and The Washington Post Company.


  • Ken Ashton, Visual Artist and Museum Technician for Works on Paper, Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Kristen Hileman, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Carol K. Huh, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
  • Joanna Marsh, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director and Visual Artist, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • Charles Ritchie, Visual Artist and Associate Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art
  • Mera Rubell, Co-founder, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
  • N. Elisabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA

Participating Artists: Margaret Adams, Chan Chao, Natalie W. Cheung, Billy Colbert, Frank Hallam Day, Matthew Girard, Avi Gupta, James Huckenpahler, Michael Dax Iacovone, Hatnim Lee, Marissa Long, Kate MacDonnell, Beatrice Valdes Paz, Ding Ren, E. Brady Robinson, Ken Ashton, Clarke Bedford, iona rozeal brown, Renee Butler, David Carlson, ZoÎ Charlton, Mary Coble, Jennifer Dorsey, Susan Eder & Craig Dennis, Bernhard Hildebrandt, Ryan Hill, Brece Honeycutt, Dean Kessmann, Cara Ober, Erik Sandberg, Joe White, Jon Bobby Benjamin, Howard Carr, Neil Greentree, Max Hirshfeld, Tim Hyde, Franz Jantzen, Courtney Jordan, Martin J. Kotler, Jeffrey Smith, Stanley Staniski, Oliver Vernon, Mark Dion, Michelle Elzay, Kota Ezawa, Devon Johnson, Mark Newport, James Prosek, Jean Shin, Joseph Smolinski, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Rene Trevino, William Christenberry, Tom Green, Jacob Kainen, Betsy Packard, Lisa Scheer, Jeff Spaulding, Alan Stone, William Willis, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Jay Bolotin, Astrid Bowlby, Georgia Deal, Douglas Florian, Cassandra Kabler, Mark E. Karnes, Karey Ellen Kessler, Sangram Majumdar, Rob Matthews, Beverly Ress, James Stroud, Lynn Sures, Bill Thompson, Alice Whealin, John Wilson, Janine Wong, m. gert barkovic, Holly Bass, Judy Byron, F. Lennox Campello, Rafael CaÒizares-Yunez, Adam de Boer, Mary Early, Victoria F. Gaitan, Carol Brown Goldberg, Pat Goslee, Jason Horowitz, Barbara Liotta, Patrick McDonough, Brandon Morse, Dan Steinhilber, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Irene Clouthier, Joelle Meredith Francht, Ron Johnson, Sue Johnson, Kirsten Kindler, Martin McFadden, Susan Noyes, Erling Sjovold, Jessica Van Brakle, Barbara Weissberger, Andrew Wodzianski, Amy Glengary Yang, Shannon Young, Robert Mapplethorpe

Additional works on view in the exhibition included a new series of glass sculptures created by Joe Corcoran, David D'Orio, Steve Jones, and Megan Van Wagoner, all members of DC GlassWorks, a public access glass blowing and sculpture facility located in Hyattsville, MD.  These pieces were featured in the museum exhibition and on the dining tables during the auction event.

Opening Reception: January 30, 6:00-9:00pm

Curator's Talk & Alice Denney Award Presentation: Thursday, February 25, 6:30-9:00pm


January 30 - March 6, 2010


American University Museum, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC