Children’s Museum of the Arts Celebrates Best of Contemporary Art with Art Auction 2012 on October 23rd

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Co-Chairs Ethan & Ryan Hawke, Brent Sikkema & Daniel Garcia, Jennifer McSweeney, and Artist Co-Chairs Swoon & Steve DiBenedetto Team Up to Support the Children’s Museum of the Arts; Paddle8’s Alexander Gilkes to Auction Works by Mickalene Thomas, Robert Longo, William Quigley & Others to Raise Funds for CMA’s Free Community Outreach Programs Including the Young Artist Kollective

Celebrating its first anniversary in its innovative new SoHo location, the Children’s Museum of the Arts will hold Art Auction 2012 to benefit a range of free art programs for underserved children and teens. The event, taking place on October 23, 2012, is CMA’s highly anticipated eighth annual art auction and is supported by the New York City arts community.

More than 500 of the museum’s patrons are expected to attend the event, celebrating CMA’s mission to bring the arts to all children and their communities. Paddle8’s Alexander Gilkes will lead live and silent auctions featuring pieces by Mickalene Thomas, Shane McAdams, Jon Pylypchuk, Paul Henry Ramirez, Nina Boesch, and 70 other established and emerging artists. will also exclusively host online sales for the auctions. Beginning Tuesday, October 9, the artworks will be previewed and available for online bidding or immediate purchase via a dedicated section on the site.

Art Auction 2012 co-hosts include co-chairs Ethan and Ryan Hawke, Brent Sikkema and Daniel Garcia, and Jennifer McSweeney, and artist co-chairs Swoon and Steve DiBenedetto. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Dream Downtown hotel, and will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music curated by DJ Lina. Art Auction 2012 is presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, with special thanks to Baked By Melissa, Brooklyn Brewery, Champagne Henriot, St. German and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Proceeds from the annual art auction support CMA’s free art programs, making the arts accessible to all children regardless of means. One such program is the Young Artist Kollective, a free program that provides emerging young artists in sixth through ninth grades with free studio space and materials, artistic guidance, and a chance to learn about professional opportunities across the art world. YAK members will also have the opportunity to work with new mediums such as animation and design software, collaborate with peers, or work on their own art.

Tickets for the eighth annual Art Auction start at $150. More information about the event and the artwork up for auction is available at

Paddle8 ( is the definitive online exhibition destination and marketplace. It offers a curated selection of the world's galleries, foundations and other institutions an online presence, to expand their reach to a global collector base that sees the web as an important, useful space for viewing, learning about and purchasing art. Paddle8 has streamlined the acquisition process and aims to provide the most sophisticated experience for buying art online. Paddle8 For Good is a new initiative aimed at supporting select non-profit art organizations with unique and collaborative projects.

Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, the Children’s Museum of the Arts provides authentic hands-on art experiences for children with practicing artists, both in our art-filled museum and in the community. CMA’s mission is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers.

CMA works to fulfill its mission through four distinct initiatives: On-Site Public Programming that includes interactive art stations and artist-led workshops, early-childhood arts workshops, after-school classes, intensive art camps and special family programs; School & Community Outreach Programs throughout New York City; Art Exhibitions; and a Permanent Collection of 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. More information is available at

Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 274-0986

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