2020 Auction Preview Exhibition

Jun 2–Jul 9, 2020
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Aaronel Deroy Gruber & Irving Gruber Gallery
4808 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

2020 Benefit Auction Preview Exhitbion

Bid Now on Artsy

Bidding Runs from Thursday, June 25 to Thursday, July 9th at 7pm

Make an appointment to see the gallery in person

See all the lots up for bid

Welcome to Silver Eye Center for Photography’s biennial Benefit Auction, powered by Artsy. This is our most important fundraiser and proceeds from the Auction support our exhibitions, our artists, our educational programs, and keeps our gallery free and open to all.

In keeping with our continued commitment to uplift and empower the voices of Black artists, a portion of proceeds from the Auction will go to Sibyls Shrine, new artist residency for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes who are mothers and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The photographs in this auction represent many of the most talented, generous, and creative artists working in photography today. They have been gathered by our staff, board, and friends over a period of years and create one of our most exciting exhibitions. We will also have the work from the Auction on view in our gallery in June so that local bidders can see all of the lots in person. Of course for our physical space we will have full social distancing measures in effect, including requiring masks, and only allowing four people in the space at one time. We know this is a big change from a format that has served us well for more than 20 years, so please reach out to us if you have any questions at all.

When you place a bid at the Auction or purchase a Ticket to the Virtual Preview Party, you are keeping compelling, beautiful, and challenging art in our community.

See all the lots and bid with our partner Artsy, starting June 25th

Virtual Preview Party

Friday, June 26th, 2020
On Zoom, 7–8pm
Tickets start at $25

Keeping the community spirit of our traditional Preview Party alive, on Friday, June 26th we will be holding a Virtual Auction Preview Party! You may be asking yourself, what on earth is that? Since we can’t be together in real life we are planning a giant zoom bash where we can digitally come together, share a toast, meet a few of the amazing artists in the auction, and explore all the photos up for bid while we listen to a special performance by WYEP's 2018 local artist of the year, twnspple.

Preview Party Tickets

Last Call Party

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
On Zoom, time TBD
Tickets start at $25

In a live auction, when bidding slows down the auctioneer calls out a fair warning, giving one last chance to increase the bid before the hammer comes down. In this spirit we will be hosting a digital Last Call Party on July 9th. It will be one last chance to come together and watch the final flurry of bidding as the clock on auction winds down.

Last Call Party Tickets

Lot Notations, How to Bid & Conditions of Sale

All bidding will take place on Artsy beginning on June 25th and ending on July 9th. Learn more about bidding on Artsy here. The conditions of sale can be found here. Click here for information about lot notations.

For questions please contact Kate Kelley

Exhibition Events

    • Still Life^2, 2019 Archival Inkjet Print
    • Auction Past
    • Virtual Preview Party

    • Fri, Jun 26, 2020,78
    • 2020
    • An online bash where we can digitally come together, share a toast, meet a few of the amazing artists in the auction

    • Connell Auction 2020
    • Party Past
    • Last Call Party

    • Thu, Jul 9, 2020,67
    • 2020
    • Come together to see the final flurry of bidding for our 2020 Auction!