Terri Loewenthal’s “Psychscape157 (Our Lake MT) Courtesy of the gallery

SF Camerawork Stages Benefit Art Auction

Ferry riders familiar with the many charms of Fort Mason may wish to explore a new event and venue for the photographic arts.

SF Camerawork’s (SFC) always anticipated Benefit Art Auction returns this year to in person festivities at its new home on San Francisco’s waterfront, with a preview exhibition in its gallery, a live auction and celebration, and the opportunity for collectors across the globe to bid online.

This year’s auction features the work of over 50 critically-acclaimed photographic artists both local and international, including Awoiska van der Molen, Wesaam Al-Badry, Nigel Poor, Lissette Solorzano, Kija Lucas, Lucas Foglia, and Chloe Sherman.

Over the span of its 49 year history, SF Camerawork has been a vital arts organization, promoting contemporary photography, and acting as a launching pad for many artists’ careers by supplying financial support, exhibition space, curation, and patronage. This is its most important fundraiser of the year.

Aay Preston-Myint, SFC’s new Executive Director, says, “I am excited for this new era at SF Camerawork and to be organizing the first benefit auction at our new home in Fort Mason. The auction proceeds will not only directly support artists but will connect them with new and long-time collectors. The benefit portion is critical for carrying SFC into the future, and will allow us to continue to provide funding and opportunities for contemporary photographers, and to offer diverse and free public programs for Bay Area communities and beyond.”

The Benefit Art Auction’s main event is a celebration and live auction on September 30. Guests enjoy food, drink, music, and community while bidding. The public can view a preview exhibition free of charge from September 16-28 at SFC’s gallery space overlooking the Golden Gate at Fort Mason Center for the Arts & Culture.

There are several preview events for VIP ticket holders as well, including a first look auction preview event Friday, September 15, and a VIP preview walkthrough led by the Auction Host Committee on Saturday, September 16. Tickets for both the live auction celebration and VIP events can be purchased at https://givebutter.com/SFCAuction23.