Art Auction to Benefit Kent State’s Center for the Visual Arts Construction

The School of Art at Kent State University has announced three upcoming events to celebrate and raise support for the construction of its future home, the Center for the Visual Arts. By bringing together all visual arts disciplines under one roof, the new building will provide a space for art students and faculty to collaborate, share ideas and showcase their work.

Kent State faculty and alumni understand the vital impact this new space will have on generations of young artists and the Northeast Ohio arts community and beyond. An online auction, featuring faculty- and alumni-donated artworks, will open for bidding on April 3 and culminate in a live auction on May 6 at Gray’s Auctioneers in Cleveland. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Center for the Visual Arts building fund.

Benefit Art Auction Reception
Friday, April 10, 6–8 p.m.
Transformer Station
1460 W. 29th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

$25 per person / RSVP in advance; space is limited
Checks payable to KSU Foundation/CVA Mail to: School of Art, Attn: Jenifer Warren
Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001
Contact: Jenifer Warren at or 330-672-2260

Join Kent State’s School of Art at the Transformer Station, one of Cleveland’s pre-eminent spaces for contemporary photography, for an evening of celebration, art and refreshments, featuring a special presentation on the Center for the Visual Arts project. Gray’s Auctioneers will have auction catalogues on hand for viewing and early bidding. And in anticipation of the live auction, one special work will be auctioned that evening to the top bidder.

Benefit Art Auction and Artist Reception/Preview Party
Thursday, April 23, 6–9 p.m.
Exhibition: April 21–26
William Busta Gallery 2731 Prospect Ave. East, Cleveland, OH 44115

Come meet the artists and view firsthand the variety of artworks created and donated by faculty and alumni of Kent State’s School of Art. This premier preview exhibition and free public reception are hosted by William Busta Gallery. Gray’s Auctioneers will be available at the reception to assist with early bidding.

Live Benefit Art Auction
Preview Exhibition, April 30 – May 5
LIVE AUCTION: Wednesday, May 6, 11 a.m.

Gray’s Auctioneers
10717 Detroit Ave., Cleveland / 216-458-7695

Online bidding opens April 3. Visit for details.

Gray’s Auctioneers will provide a final opportunity to view the artworks as it host a preview exhibition from April 30 to May 5. The culminating live auction will take place on May 6 at 11 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to bid on pieces by Kent State’s renowned faculty and alumni artists. All participants will make an indelible impact on the future of Kent State’s School of Art. If you are unable to attend the live auction, you may join in by phone, online or through absentee bidding. Please contact Gray’s Auctioneers for more information.

Visit this Facebook page for select images of work to be auctioned. More information about Kent State’s Center for the Visual Arts campaign is available at

For more information about Kent State’s School of Art, visit

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Photo Captions:
Photo of Hilary Gent Artwork          
“78th North Lot,” oil on canvas, 20” x 18”

Photo of Karin Waskiewicz Artwork       
“Hiding Boulder,” 2014, acrylic on panel, 20” x 24”

Photo of Donna D’Aquino Artwork       
“Red Structural Circle Earrings,” sterling silver and powder-coated brass

Media Contacts:
Alex Parrott,, 330-672-2714
Eric Mansfield,, 330-672-2797


POSTED: Friday, April 3, 2015 12:15 PM
Updated: Friday, April 3, 2015 12:16 PM
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