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2008 Silent Auction and Scholarship Awards Party
Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 6:00pm to Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 9:00pm
Portland State University Art Department Launches Online Art Auction Hosts 2008 Scholarship Award Celebration.

The PSU Department of Art will celebrate its student award winners in art, art history, and graphic design with the opening of the 2008 Scholarship Exhibition, live music, refreshments, and additional entertainment in the form of two auctions, one silent, one online The public is invited to join the festivities.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008
MK Gallery in the PSU Art Building (2000 SW 5th Avenue)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A special feature of this year's event is the first annual online auction, presenting contemporary paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture donated by 100 artists from across the nation. Participating artists all have a connection to Portland State, whether as faculty, alumni, MFA students, or distinguished visitors. The brainchild of PSU Professor Harrell Fletcher and a committee of art experts, including gallerists and curators Jane Beebe, Stuart Horodner, Elizabeth Leach, Stephanie Snyder, and Linda Tesner, among others, the auction departs from the conventional bidding-war format to offer instead certificates for purchase, ranging in price from $100 to $2500. Certificates entitle their holders to select among all the artworks available, with those holding the costliest certificates choosing first. Thus a collector might acquire a photograph by internationally known Conceptual artist Dan Graham; a cast-hydrocal multiple by Allan McCullom from his recent Visible Marker series; a miniature bronze/blanket piece, Worrystone, by Marie Watt; or a soft sculpture by Sarah Wolf-Newlands, suggesting a floral bouquet but made of buckwheat hulls and monkey socks. For a complete inventory of artworks, browse the auction website at The online auction will go live to the international public on June 6 and continues until all 100 certificates are sold.

A big-screen introduction to the online auction site will be featured at the June 12 scholarship award celebration, along with a silent auction of artworks, oddities, and engaging functional objects donated by friends of the art department. Among this year's contributors to the silent auction are Augen, Butters, Igloo, and Mark Woolley Galleries and the New American Art Union. Proceeds from both auctions, benefit art students at Portland State University.

For photographs and further information, contact the PSU Department of Art at (503) 725-3515 or Alexa Pengelly at (503) 725-3334 or