Southern Utah Museum of Art
 
One Starry Night: 26th Annual Art Auction

SOUTHERN UTAH MUSEUM OF ART HOSTS 26TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION

SUMA’s Annual Fundraiser Illuminates its Galleries as an Homage to Southern Utah’s Strikingly Beautiful Night Skies and Landscapes

One Starry Night by Diane Walsh
Diane Walsh
One Starry Night, 2019
Oil on paper, 19.5 x 22.5 in.

CEDAR CITY, Utah - Feb. 4, 2020 - Celebrate an evening of art, community, and tradition during One Starry Night as Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) presents its 26th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, March 7 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Designed to be an “evening under the stars,” the 26th Annual Art Auction will transform the gallery space at SUMA into One Starry Night. Inspired by the breathtaking night skies and landscapes of Utah, the event will be a celebration of the diverse beauty and history of the region while supporting the museum’s upcoming exhibitions and efforts to preserve the permanent collection. Past proceeds have allowed the museum to bring high-quality work of contemporary artists to its galleries such as Al Farrow’s Wrath and Reverence exhibition on display this past fall.

“Now that the museum is planning exhibitions two to three years in advance, the annual fundraiser is even more important as it helps us build an exhibition fund–allowing us to conduct research and pay deposits for exhibitions months or years in advance,” said Jessica Farling, director/curator of SUMA. “This year, guests will find another beautifully transformed space and can expect to enjoy a Southwest-inspired dinner prepared by Das Nest. Since we have an award-winning facility, I am excited to see the event return to the museum this year. It is such a wonderful opportunity for us to display work by local artists, as well as show off the flexibility of our gallery space.”

Michael Bahr, education director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, will return as this year’s master of ceremonies. The event will feature a wide variety of media including paintings, photographs, ceramics, fused glass, and sculptures.

The evening’s festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour featuring live entertainment by folk/Americana band The Backyard Revival and another live painting by TJ Eisenhart. This will also mark the official start of the silent auction where guests will have the opportunity to bid on additional works of art. The silent auction continues throughout the night’s program until winners are announced at 7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while perusing the artwork in the live auction before it begins at 6 p.m. During the live auction in SUMA’s main gallery, local favorite, Das Nest will serve a delicious and unique dinner for guests to enjoy.

25th Annual Art Auction BiddingNew this year, artwork that will be up for auction will be on display in SUMA’s galleries for visitors to experience prior to the event. Artwork will be available for public view from Feb. 21 until March 6.

The Art Auction once again features even more work from local and regional artists than in previous years. This year’s participating artists include Carol Bold, Eric Brown, Royden Card, Jenny Christiansen and Mike Ryan, Megumi Dold, TJ Eisenhart, Jeremy Fagergren, Nick Froyd, Susan Harris, Brad Holt, Brian Hoover, Willamarie Huelskamp, Mary Jabens, Brian Jorgensen, Andrew Kent-Marvick, Roland Lee, Coleton Lunt, Glen Lyman, Megan Marshall-Nelson, Marta Mitchell, Ann Mailee Oberhelman, Valerie Orlemann, Micah Player, Michael Plyler, Ron Rencher, Debbie Robb, Stewart Seidman, Kate Starling, Carol Stenger, Anna Tillett, Carrie Trenholm, Kim Twitchell, Robyn Twitchell, Stephen Van Handel, Katharine Villard, Diane Walsh, Robert Warren, Mona Woolsey, Steve Yates.

Join Southern Utah Museum of Art to celebrate and support the visuals arts in southern Utah. Tickets are $50 for Friends of SUMA members and $75 for not-yet members. Registration is available online through Eventbrite, or by going to SUMA’s website at go.suu.edu/artauction. The 26th Annual Art Auction would not be possible without the generous support from Zions Bank, ERA Realty - Donna Christensen, Artisans Gallery, and Megumi Dold.

We also extend our thanks to additional support provided by Art Works Gallery, Joanne Brattain, Colette Cox of Copiers Plus, Katering Koncepts and Ripple Effect.

 

Event Sponsors

Art Auction Sponsors

The 26th Annual Art Auction would not be possible without the generous support from Zions Bank, ERA Realty - Donna Christensen, Artisans Gallery, and Megumi Dold.

We also extend our thanks to additional support provided by Art Works Gallery, Joanne Brattain, Colette Cox of Copiers Plus, Katering Koncepts and Ripple Effect.