A big thank you to everyone who attended GLAAD's 7th Annual OUTAuction this past Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Close to 600 people attended the event and over $135,000 was raised!
OUTAuction is a unique event for GLAAD - a chance for art patrons, collectors, artists, celebrities and friends of GLAAD to come out and support our work while viewing and bidding on 100 pieces from both established and emerging artists.
The event drew notables like three time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, actor Jensen Atwood from Logo's hit show Noah's Arc, celebrated portrait artist Robert Risko, fashion designer and Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth, and many more.
Attendees were able to bid on pieces through a silent and a live auction. The live auction included works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Herb Ritts. We were lucky enough to be assisted in displaying the pieces during the live auction by both Jensen Atwood and by Derek and Drew Riker, the subjects in the Herb Ritts piece being auctioned.
The winning bidder of the Herb Ritts piece not only got to take the original custom framed photograph home, they also got their picture taken with the Riker twins AND the twins offered up a private lunch at the last moment to help drive up the bidding price.
At the event we also announced the 2008 OUTAuction Emerging Artist winners. The winner are selected from hundreds of submissions falling into three categories - Photography, Mixed Media, and Painting/Drawing.
This year's winners are below.
2008 Best Emerging Artist - Photography
"Birthing of Epiphany" by Troy Duham & Jeff Eason
2008 Best Emerging Artist - Painting/Drawing
"Muslim Icon" by Komail Aijazuddin
2008 Best Emerging Artist - Mixed Media
"White 2" by Dragana Zoric
Our professional photographer will have more pictures from the event soon. For now, take a peek at some of the shots I took here.