Art and Celebrities Shined at GLAAD’s 8th Annual OUTAuction NYC

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the 8th Annual OUTAuction presented by Bud Light in New York City on November 15, 2009! Over 600 guests from the art, fashion, and philanthropic communities attended the annual fundraising event that celebrates established and emerging artists, raising over $100,000, all proceeds going to benefiting GLAAD’s work to bring the stories and amplify the voices of LGBT people and issues.

JoelGreyandRossBlecknerThe evening began with a glamorous cocktail reception including beverages from Barefoot Wines and Stoli as well as cuisine from Scott’s Café and Catering where guests placed bids on the GLAAD’s Top 100 emerging artist pieces, as chosen by OUTAuction NYC 2009’s Arts Advisory Committee. The pieces composed, In/Out: An Exhibition and Auction, and were deftly displayed around and on the walls of the Metropolitan Pavilion using fabric installations from Pink Inc. All the artists were eligible for the GLAAD Best Emerging Artist Award in three categories, Mixed Media, Painting/Drawing, and Photography that were announced after the live auction.

Guests could also participate in GLAAD’s OUTAuction Raffle for three different amazing packages. One package, valued at $6,450, consisted of two beautiful customized long gowns donated by Oleg Cassini and a pearl necklace donated by Jewels of Ocean. The next package, valued at $3,920, consisted of a one-year membership to David Barton, a two-night stay in a suite bedroom plus breakfast at the Marriot New York Marquis, and a gift basket from Anthony Logistics for Men. The third package, valued at $12,000, consisted of an interior design consultation donated by Clodagh, and a cooking instruction for up to ten people by chef Ruben Nolan Cajigas.

After the silent auction bids were in place, GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios began the night by addressing the guests and welcoming the honorary host committee that included: Bryan Batt (Mad Men); Pulitzer-prize winning dramatist Edward Albee; Academy Award winning actor Joel Grey; ABC’s One Life to Live stars, Brett Claywell, Scott Evans, and Nicholas Rodriquez; singer-songwriter Todd Alsup; Hip-Hop singer-songwriter Talia Coles; DeMarco Majors (Shirts & Skins); Kairon John (Noah’s Arc); Brad Boles (The Real Housewives of New York City); singer-songwriter Ari Gold; and DJ Lady Fay.

JarrettBarrios addressed the guests with a story of Chicago high school student who reported a teacher for using the term black f-g who GLAAD worked with to share his story with national media. Barrios then welcomed stage and screen legend Joel Grey to the stage.

Grey introduced artist Ross Bleckner, who received GLAAD’s first Out in Art Award. Bleckner was honored by GLAAD for being an openly gay artist, whose work has earned him the title of the Greatest AIDS Memorialist, having been inspired by personal loss during the AIDS crisis. "Advocacy and tolerance of LGBT artists of all disciplines have always been a conscience and pioneers of our cultural lives through images and words,” said Bleckner during his acceptance speech, “that’s why the work of GLAAD is so important and that's why I'm here."

Joel Voigard won the Best Emerging Artist award in Mixed Media for his piece “Bullets.” The piece was constructed out of metal bullets and assorted manufacturing pieces to create two affixed bullets that are standing in the air, by the manufacturing pieces, allowing observers to imagine their trajectory. Jennifer Andrew‘s oil painting, “Cho Lon II,” received the Best Emerging Artist award in Painting/Drawing. The painting features an empty dystopian background, highlighting the decaying foreground of balanced rusty appliances, symbolic of “Cho Lon,” or a large market in Vietnamese. Laurie Schorr received the Best Emerging Artist award in Photography for her black and white photograph “Taking Root.” The photograph is a black and white negative, causing the image to contain a black sky, and stark white roots poking through the gray earth.

stagemiroandkandinskyThe winners of the silent auction were announced and then the live action began where guests placed bids on a selection of pieces, featuring, Herb Ritts’s Madonna I, II, III, Miami 1992; Joan Miro’s Composition I; and Wassily Kandinsky’s Accompagnement en Noir.

The event concluded with a VIP after party behind the auction stage where guests danced to mixes of today’s hottest artists by DJ M+M (Mathieu Mercusot & Maxime Alazet) and DJ Xavier, and celebrated a successful and enjoyable evening.

GLAAD would like to extend many thanks to all the artists who donated their time, commitment, and artwork to the event, making it a success and an evening to remember.

Click here to view a complete list of this year’s artists.

A special thanks to our media attendees: AOL Travel Tips, bleu, Celebrity Good Life.com, Edge, Gay City News, GO! Magazine, Guest of a Guest, The MEN Event, NGLCC NY, NEXT, Passport, Pink Banana Media, Shane O’Neill, Time Out New York, TV Diva Girl, The Quest For “It”, and The Village Voice.

GLAAD would also like to thank all of our sponsors for their generosity: Presenting Partner: Bud Light; Corporate Partners: American Airlines, Barefoot Wine, Chelsea Frames, Marriott Hotels, Pink Inc, Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, the Metropolitan Pavilion, and Stoli,; Special Thanks: Beekman 1802, Jewels of Ocean, DJ Xavier, M+M, Oleg Cassini, and Richard Renda at Totally Cool Video Services.

Special thanks to Peter Lau and Mateo Saenz/BS Photography for capturing the event.