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Patrons' Show Info for Artists


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Dear Artists,

Each year, the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser helps The Art League meet its mission: by supporting the artist, we enrich the community. We are dependent on the generosity of our artist community to make this event — our largest fundraiser — a success this year!

For each piece of art donated (valued at $225 or more), we sell one $225 ticket to the Patrons’ Show. Donations are now being accepted for 2018!

Why donate?


Thousands of dollars in prize money is available for artists — more than double last year's:

  • $5,000: Clemente Best in Show for Contemporary Realism*
  • $3,500: Clemente Faculty Award (Art League faculty are eligible)*
  • $3,000: Collector Award (first artwork chosen in the drawing)
  • $3,000: Collector Award (second artwork chosen in the drawing)
  • $3,000: Collector Award (third artwork chosen in the drawing)
  • $2,000: The Patrons’ Show Brenda Kollman Award for Best in Show for 3D Artwork*
  • $1,000: TFAA Artist Award (TFAA artists are eligible)*
  • $400: Van Landingham Award*
  • $250: Geri Gordon Award (first choice raffle award)


*Chosen by the Patrons' Show judge. To be eligible for these awards, artwork must be donated by Monday, February 5, 2018. If you will be donating unframed work as well as framed pieces, make sure they are donated well ahead of time so they can be framed for judging.


And all participating artists are eligible to win multiple awards!


All artists receive a statement following the event with our thanks and the contact information for the patron who selected their work. Plus, thousands of people will view this year's artwork online and through the Art Thief app.


Artist Award Sponsors: 

The Clemente Family
Jerry Kollman and the Nelson Bunn Family
Friends of Geri Gordon


About the judge


Crawford Alexander Mann III is the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Mann’s responsibilities include research, exhibitions, and acquisitions related to the museum’s collection of approximately 25,000 prints, drawings, and watercolors dating from the eighteenth century to the present. His research interests include Italian-American artistic exchange on the Grand Tour, artists of the American South, the impact of East Asian watercolor and printmaking traditions on American art, and the evolving visual constructions of masculinity, femininity, and gender.


The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with artworks in all media spanning more than four centuries. Before joining SAAM, Mann was the Joan and Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, from 2011 to 2017, where he oversaw a collection of more than 8,000 works by American artists. Prior to that, Mann held a Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, where he taught and created exhibitions for the department of prints, drawings, and photographs. His research has also been supported by a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a year in Rome and a Terra Foundation predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Mann received both an M.A. in the history of art and an M.Phil. in the history of art from Yale University. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Yale University.


How to donate


Simply bring your framed, ready-to-hang artwork to The Art League Gallery during our regular hours (these may be affected by Torpedo Factory closures):

  • Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
  • Thursdays until 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, 12:00 noon–6:00 pm

Artists who contribute two or more framed works may also donate unframed works. We also need donations of frames and glass that are 16" x 20" or larger.

If you would like to donate any work you currently have in the gallery, just call us (703-683-1780) or send us an e-mail (gallery@theartleague.org) and we will take care of it! 

Any questions? Please call us at 703-683-1780 or email gallery@theartleague.org.

Thank you for your support!

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