Calling All Artists! Now Taking Submissions for This Year's OUTAuction

August 17, 2011
GLAAD's Artist Outreach Committee and Curator for OUTAuction are looking for artists to submit art works to be auctioned at our signature art event – OUTAuction. We are looking for art works in the following categories: painting/drawing, photography, and mixed media. Artists, both emerging and established, are encouraged to submit their work to be auctioned off at this year’s event. Submissions are due by October 21. OUTAuction is an annual event that heralds 10 years of celebrating established and emerging artists while recognizing GLAAD’s Top 100 Artists. All proceeds from artwork sold at the event will go towards GLAAD. This year’s OUTAuction will take place on November 20, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Photo from last year’s OUTAuction, image courtesy of Jake Simp Photos.

Artists selected to participate will receive 2 complimentary tickets to attend the event, where they will have the chance to communicate with art lovers about their auction piece and about their work in general. Of these selected pieces, a handful will be nominated for our Best Emerging Artist awards in each of the three categories, the winner of which will be determined by a vote of top New York art foundations and galleries. Nominated pieces will be grouped together in a special display section at the event. Please visit our website to submit artwork online, download the application, or obtain more information. To view more pictures from last year, go here. Stay tuned for more updates about the event and for exciting announcements about this year’s celebrity participation. While the event is always entertaining and well received, this memorable evening also raises critical funds necessary for GLAAD to remain vigilant in the fight to tell the stories and lives of LGBT people fairly and accurately.  Your involvement helps us continue our advocacy efforts. OUTAuction Event Information Since 2002, GLAAD has produced an annual fundraising art event, OUTAuction. Part glamorous cocktail party, part art auction, this event celebrates established and emerging artists and recognizes GLAAD’s Top 100 Artists. This year marks the tenth year of OUTAuction, GLAAD’s fourth biggest fundraiser right behind our Media Awards series. Not only has the event grown in corporate support, but also guest attendance, while continuing to gain awareness from the art world. OUTAuction continues to provide a tremendous opportunity to build connections and educate people about GLAAD’s work and provide emerging artists with an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Photo from last year’s OUTAuction.

On Sunday, November 20, 2011, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, GLAAD will feature a live and silent auction with 100 original pieces of art. Over 700 guests from the art, entertainment, fashion and philanthropic communities are scheduled to attend. Additionally, the 3rd annual Out in Art award will be given to an artist or foundation for their unique and unwavering commitment to LGBT issues. The previous recipients of this award are Ross Bleckner and David LaChapelle. Our Arts Advisory Committee has included the support of: Ross Bleckner, Clodagh, Brian English and Mark McKenna / The Herb Ritts Foundation, Wayne Snellen / The Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Ryan McGinness, Patrick McMullan, Asher Remy Toledo / Remy Toledo Gallery, Wessel+ O’Connor Fine Art, Matthew Higgs / White Columns and Jeanette Ingberman / Exit Art. Participating artists have included: Pablo Picasso, Herb Ritts, Ross Bleckner, Steven Klein, Ryan McGinness, Karim Rashid, Clodagh, Annie Leibovitz, Karim Rashid, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Max, Rosie O’Donnell, and Patrick McMullan, among many others.

Photo from last year’s OUTAuction, image courtesy of

Celebrities who have participated / attended in the past include: Tom Ford, Vanessa Williams, John Waters, Susie Essman, Patricia Fields, Eva LaRue, John Cameron Mitchell, Donna Summer, Jensen Atwood, Edward Albee, and Junior Vasquez among others. Past Corporate Partners of the event include: Absolut® Vodka, American Airlines, Bud Light, Cargo, Chelsea Frames, Clos Du Bois, Dancing Bull, Deutsche Bank, Earthlink, Fiji Water, Here!, Imperia Vodka, Jaguar / Land Rover, Marlo Copy & Printing Center, Perrier, Svedka, TimeOut New York, Vange / Dom, W Hotel / Aloft. GLAAD welcomes submissions from all artists, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, location, national origin, citizenship status, race, color, religious creed, age, or other personal characteristics as may be protected by applicable law.