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Artists: Over $21,150 in Awards for Patrons’ Show Donations

Artists: Our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up, and we need your help! Read on for details on why, and how, to donate to the 51st Anniversary Patrons’ Show Fundraiser.

Who will take home your artwork?

The Patrons’ Show Fundraiser is The Art League’s biggest event of the year, making it possible for us to meet our mission: “by nurturing the artist, we enrich the community.”

Our success depends on our generous and talented artist donors! For each piece of artwork donated (valued at $225 or more), we can sell one ticket to the Patrons’ Show Fundraiser. For more about the fundraiser, visit our website.

Get your donations in by (new deadline)Feb. 7 at noon to be considered for awards!

Why should I donate?

Thousands of dollars in prize money is available for artists!

  • $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 February 4, 2019. 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!

Did we mention that hundreds of Patrons’ Show Fundraiser ticketholders (and non-ticketholders) will view your artwork online, in person, and in the Art Thief app?

What are we raising funds for?

The Patrons’ Show Fundraiser is critical to ensuring The Art League is able to fulfill its mission each year. Funds go to:

The Art League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which means that your donation is tax-deductible. Currently, the IRS allows artists to deduct only the cost of materials used in donated artwork, not the artwork’s full value.

How to donate

Simply bring your framed, ready-to-hang artwork to The Art League gallery during 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

If you’d like to donate artwork currently in our gallery, please contact us (gallery@theartleague.org) and we’ll take care of it!

Important dates

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019: Tickets go on sale, online only
  • Monday, February 7 (extended) at noon: Deadline for artwork to be eligible for awards
  • Sunday, February 17: The Patrons’ Show Fundraiser!

Deadlines for Donations:

Thursday, February 7: To be eligible for these awards, artwork must be donated by this date. 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!

Friday, February 8: Deadline for donations not considered for awards

Interested in Volunteering for Patrons’ Show? Each year we need extra help with installing artwork, and on the night of the event. If you would like to help contact our volunteer coordinator, Caroline Walsh carolinew@theartleague.org.

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