The Academy of Art University Announces 16th Annual Faculty and Alumni Fine Art Auction

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The Fine Art Auction provides the public with an opportunity to directly support the Fine Art Student Scholarship Fund by bidding on paintings, prints, sculptures and jewelry works created by the most distinguished faculty and alumni artists.

The Academy of Art University is proud to announce that the 16th Annual Faculty & Alumni Fine Art Auction will take place on November 12 in San Francisco. The Fine Art Auction provides the public with an opportunity to directly support the Fine Art Student Scholarship Fund by bidding on paintings, prints, sculptures and jewelry works created by the most distinguished faculty and alumni artists.

This year’s Fine Art Auction includes over 350 pieces of art created by 70 artists, including Academy alumni Suhas Bhujbal and Siddharth Parasnis, who are internationally known for their abstract paintings. Other notable alumni include Brian Blood, Laurie Kersey and Kathleen Dunphy, who are nationally acclaimed landscape painters.

Faculty member work includes Carolyn Meyer’s expressionistic cityscapes; Craig Nelson’s figurative and environmental paintings; Tomutsu Takishima’s portrait and figure works which are collected in Asia as well as in the U.S.; Kevin Moore’s contemporary realist works; and Peter Schifrin’s well-known contemporary sculptures.

The auction provides attendees with an opportunity to build or begin their collections in a philanthropic manner as the funds raised benefit the University’s Student Scholarship Fund as well as the Bay Area Arts community as a whole. Fifty percent of auction proceeds are donated directly to the Student Scholarship Fund and are tax deductible, while the remaining 50 percent is dispersed directly to the artist. The University’s Student Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to the top student artists at the Annual Spring Show.

Starting Wednesday, November 9, art enthusiasts, collectors and the media are welcome to preview the artwork from 10am-7pm. The official Live Auction, which will be conducted by a professional auctioneer from Bonhams & Butterfields, begins on Saturday, November 12 at 3pm, following a reception that begins at 2pm. The Silent Auction will conclude approximately 30 minutes after the close of the Live Auction. All events are hosted by the nonprofit galleries of the Academy of Art University and take place at The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth St., in San Francisco. Live Auction registration and absentee bidding is available at http://www.academyart.edu/auction.

Cash, Visa, and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (415) 618-3700.

For media inquiries and requests for high-resolution images of featured artwork, contact Dana Sornstein (415) 618-6115, dsornstein(at)academyart(dot)edu

About the Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University, the largest private university of art and design in the United States, is educating students for the art and design jobs of the 21st Century. Established in 1929, the Academy is an output-based higher education model that provides open admissions to all students, but imposes a rigorous curriculum that requires the students to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a mastery of their field in order to graduate. Students are taught by a faculty of professionals from the existing marketplace, which provides them with an understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s business environment. The Academy’s hands-on curriculum produces graduates that possess great artistic and design skills -- and equally as important, the ability to put those talents to work immediately after graduation. As a result, Academy graduates are ready to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st Century in the fields of Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography and Web Design & New Media. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER), (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH). Visit http://www.academyart.edu for more information.

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