Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Art of Action Absolute Auction at Union Station in Burlington

A two-year art project concludes this Saturday with an Absolute Auction of 32 pieces from the historic Art of Action exhibition.

The Art of Action, a project born out of Vermonters' hopes, desires and visions for the future of our state, is drawing to a close. On Saturday, July 17th, 32 pieces of art created for the groundbreaking project will be sold at Main Street Landing’s Union Station in Burlington. The public Farewell Reception and Bidders’ Preview will take place from 5-7pm with the Auction beginning at 7pm.

All ten artists commissioned for the project will be represented in the auction and their work ranges in value from $450 to $7500. This is an Absolute Auction which means there is no reserve or minimum bid and all 32 pieces will be sold. Proceeds will help seed a future commissioning project for Vermont artists.

This gala event is the culmination of a historic two-year collaboration between the Vermont Arts Council, entrepreneur and philanthropist Lyman Orton, and Janice Izzi. Artists were commissioned to interpret the social, cultural and political issues affecting the future of the state. 300 artists from 26 states and three foreign countries applied for the project and ten were chosen: Susan Abbott, Gail Boyajian, David Brewster, Annemie Curlin, Phil Godenschwager, Curtis Hale, Valerie Hird, Kathleen Kolb, Janet McKenzie and John Miller. Their commissions, averaging $25,000, were underwritten by Orton and are among the largest in the Arts Council’s 45-year history.

For the past 10 months, the 105-piece collection has been traveling the state in three concurrent exhibitions, stimulating conversations about the issues depicted in the art and, in some cases, inspiring people to take action.

The entire Art of Action collection will be exhibited at Main Street Landing’s Union Station in Burlington from July 1-17. For more information, visit www.artofaction.org.