By Aubrey Almanza, Published in Washington Life Magazine, April 1, 2016

Washington Project for the Arts hosts its 35th annual Auction Gala to promote and benefit contemporary art.

Today marks the opening day of Washington Project for the Arts Auction Week and its 35th annual gala. The Auction Week kick-off begins tonight with an opening reception, where guests will preview the impressive collection. This year, the auction is featuring pieces of art by over one hundred upcoming and established artists. The exhibition pieces have been carefully selected by renowned museum curators, top independent curators and the WPA Board of Directors.

Over the next week, attendees can return for curator and artist-led tours, talks and other informational events. Guests include over 700 collectors, art professionals, business leaders and artists, making the WPA Auction one of the most highly anticipated Washington, D.C. art events of the year.

"A Sensation of Shyness" painting (Image courtesy of Jeremy Flick of WPA)

Haley Josephs, "A Sensation of Shyness," 2015. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in. Courtesy the artist

The week’s culminating event is the WPA Auction Gala, which takes place the night of Saturday, April 9. During the renowned gala, the WPA’s exhibition artworks will be sold through silent auction. The gala also includes an open bar, dinner and dessert catered by Design Cuisine, followed by a DJ-hosted dance party. By many accounts, it is the most exciting and enjoyable art gala in Washington, D.C.

The Auction Gala is the WPA’s most important fundraising event, with proceeds mutually benefiting artists and the WPA’s mission to promote contemporary art in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. The Washington Project for the Arts is a non-profit organization that stimulates public awareness and appreciation of art and culture. The WPA also works to support artists at every stage in their careers by presenting exhibitions and projects that have reached hundreds of thousands of visitors since its founding in 1975.

Photo courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts

Tickets for the WPA Auction Gala are available here.

All of this week’s events will take place in downtown DC at 1333 H St NW, in a two-story atrium repurposed for the event and donated by MRP Realty and the Center for American Progress.

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April 1, 2016