Join fellow art lovers and collectors for the annual fundraiser benefiting the INFOCUS organization. Now in its eighth year, PhotoBid is a fun and festive event, for seasoned or new collectors, or anyone who has a passion for photography. The live auction, conducted again this year by popular New York City auctioneer Rick Wester, will feature more than 30 signed, limited edition photographic prints by acclaimed photographers from Arizona and the United States. And, this year, for the first time, the silent auction component, curated by well-known Phoenix-based photographer David Emitt Adams, will comprise work by promising and accomplished students in photography at Arizona universities, offering a chance to purchase outstanding work from artists who do not yet have an established market. As in the past, the silent auction will also include a selection of photography books by well-known authors and artists. Guests at the auction will enjoy a raffle, door prizes, music, hors d’oeuvres and a well-stocked bar.
The photographic works presented in the PhotoBid exhibition and live auction are selected by internationally recognized curator, Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., the Norton Family Curator of Photography at Phoenix Art Museum and Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Previous Auctions have included works from eminent photographers such as Debra Bloomfield, Barbara Bosworth, Linda Connor, Binh Danh, Ralph Gibson, Luis Gonzalez-Palma, Kenro Izu, Mark Klett, Danny Lyon, David Maisel, Nicholas Nixon, Alex Webb, Rebecca Norris Webb and Joel-Peter Witkin; and work by increasingly well-known emerging photographers such as David Emitt Adams, Mary Ellen Bartley, Chris Colville, Sean Deckert, Daniel Leivick, Chris McCaw, Lisa Robinson and Jamey Stillings.
Typical opening bid prices have ranged from $350-2,500 and prints offered vary in size and subject matter, and have included diverse processes such as platinum/palladium, gelatin silver, archival inkjet, wet plate collodion, lenticular and more. The auction and raffle items are generously donated by the artists and their galleries.
Another exciting element at PhotoBid is the presentation of the annual INFOCUS Founders Award, that honors an individual, business or organization whose efforts have advanced the cause and improved public awareness of fine art photography in Arizona. Recent recipients were Allen Dutton in 2013, Dick Arentz in 2014, and James Hajicek in 2015. The recipient of the 2016 Founders Award will be announced next month.
All of the auction items will be shown in exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum starting on October 26 through November 16, and an online gallery will also be available for preview and absentee bidding.
In addition to the PhotoBid event itself, an exciting schedule of artist talks and activities leading up to the auction is planned. More details on each of these events will be forthcoming as plans are finalized. All lead-up events are open to the public, will take place on several Wednesday nights, and on First Friday, November 4, when the Museum is open until 9 PM, with no admission charge.
Get your Early Bird tickets now and save!
A limited number of Early-Bird Tickets are on sale for only $39 from August 1 through September 23. After that, discounted advance purchase tickets will be $49, and go up to $60 on the day of the event and at the door. Admission includes one complimentary cocktail, appetizers and one ticket for door prize drawing.
We also now offer an Underwriter level ticket for those who are able to support INFOCUS and the greater photography community at a higher level. Underwriter tickets include two event tickets, four extra drink tickets, two extra door prize tickets, preferred seating for the Live Auction and recognition during the event.
The PhotoBid 2016 Gala Art Auction will be held in the Great Hall at Phoenix Art Museum.
Live auction conducted by Rick Wester of Rick Wester Fine Art, New York.
Silent auction, plus raffle and door prize
Founders Award presentation
Appetizers by Santa Barbara Catering
Business Casual Attire
If you would like to make a donation to INFOCUS (over and above your ticket purchase), you may do so in the same transaction when you purchase your ticket. Select your ticket, then scroll down past the different types of tickets to the line that says "donation" and enter your amount, then checkout as usual. And we thank you for whatever you feel you can give!
Refund and Cancellation Policy
No refunds on PhotoBid 2016 tickets. In the event you must cancel, you may transfer your ticket to someone else with 48 hours notice or contribute your purchase as a tax-deductible donation to INFOCUS (less transaction fees).
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INFOCUS, a vibrant support group of Phoenix Art Museum, is composed of people actively interested in photography as a dynamic art form. Photographers, collectors, and photography enthusiasts working together enable INFOCUS to provide a high-quality forum for the making, study, display, and production of fine art photographs.
INFOCUS provides access to world-class photography and photography experts through exhibitions and lectures at Phoenix Art Museum, at galleries and studios throughout Arizona, with national and international trips to significant photography sites and collections. The photography exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum is drawn from the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, which is the largest institution in the world devoted to documenting the history of North American photography.