Running through Friday this week, the S’eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery in B136 is hosting the 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts silent auction. Presented by the UFV visual arts department, the auction features over 40 works of art from UFV students, alumni, local artists, and faculty.
Organized annually by current BFA students, the auction raises funds for the production of the BFA grad exhibition in April. The event allows everyone, from UFV students to the public, to bid on original artworks including sculpture, painting, print media, photography, and more. To ensure that only the best art was made available for purchase, the artworks were carefully selected by a jury.
This year’s auction features an unusual amount of artwork from faculty, including one of the five existing prints of Tetsuomi Anzai’s album cover photograph for punk band You Say Party. Other faculty works available for auction include pieces from Grace Tsurumaru and Melanie Jones.
The auction is “silent” in that the bidders write their bids on a bidding sheet left on a table in the middle of the gallery. Starting amounts range from $10 to $50 and increase by $10 bid increments, making the artworks very affordable, particularly when considering that they are all originals.
The 2016 BFA Silent Auction runs daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for the final day. On Friday, the auction ends at 5 p.m., with the highest bidders being contacted shortly thereafter. So, take this opportunity to show your support for the BFA students by bidding on some affordable original art. With such a wide variety of pieces, one is bound to catch your eye!