WPA’s 40th Annual Collectors' Night Benefit Auction is now open for bidding! The two-week auction, hosted online by Artsy, features 194 artworks by 96 artists from the DC area and beyond. Artworks range in price from $300 to $15,000. The auction closes on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 pm EDT. Auction purchases will directly support participating artists and all of WPA’s artist-organized programming year-round.

Benefit Auction // Powered by Artsy
Opens 6:30 PM EDT on May 6, closes 6:30 PM EDT on May 20
Check out all auction artworks and register to bid at artsy.net/wpabenefit

This year’s auction theme—Am I Altering Your Aura?—comes from the work of poet and activist Audre Lorde. WPA selected artworks based on, in part, on how well they encouraged reflection on the following quotation:

Am I altering your aura, your ideas, your dreams,
or am I merely moving you to temporary and reactive action?
—Audre Lorde, “Poetry is Not a Luxury” (1977)

Wondering how to bid? Visit artsy.net/wpabenefit to see the full selection of artwork in this year's auction. Register to bid by creating an account on Artsy, then either place a single bid on any lot you wish, or set a maximum bid. A maximum bid allows Artsy's system to bid on your behalf in pre-determined increments, up until your maximum bid amount. Your maximum bid will only be executed if there is a competing bidder up to that amount. If you are outbid, Artsy will notify you immediately. Winning bidders will be notified as soon as the sale concludes at 6:30 pm on May 20. At that point, payment and artwork handoff will be coordinated by WPA.

Questions? Please email Alexa Kaye at akaye@wpadc.org


WPA is pleased to feature artwork by artists from the DC area and beyond in the Collectors’ Night 2021 Benefit Auction.

Ebtisam Abdulaziz ● Sobia Ahmad ● Polly Apfelbaum ● Eames Armstrong ● Mary Anne Arntzen ● Sasha Baskin ● Kyle J. Bauer ● Robin D. Bell ● Wesley Berg ● Sarah Black-Sadler ● Julia Bloom ● Miguel Braceli ● Akea Brionne Brown ● Gerardo Camargo ● Deborah Castillo ● Mahari Chabwera ● Schaun Champion ● HSIN-HSI CHEN ● Natalie Cheung ● William Christenberry ● Michèle Christine Colburn ● Hoesy Corona ● Martin Creed ● Sheila Crider ● Nancy Daly ● janet e. dandridge ● Leigh Davis ● Kyrae Dawaun ● Catherine Day ● Rex Delafkaran ● Brian Michael Dunn ● Nekisha Durrett ● Dee Dwyer ● Alex Ebstein ● Courtney Applequist / Edgar Endress ● Odette England ● Yacine Tilala Fall ● Lloyd Foster ● FAIX ● Gerard H. Gaskin ● Janis Goodman ● Dominic Anthony Green ● Rachel Guardiola ● Avi Gupta  ● Susan Hiller ● Amy Hughes Braden ● Adam Janes ● Jabari Jefferson ● Kaitlin Jencso ● Don Kimes ● Khánh H. Lê ● Cary Leibowitz (“Candy Ass”) ● Andrea Limauro ● Kim Llerena ● Ayana Evans / Tsedaye Makonnen ● Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann ● Matthew Mann ● James Maurelle ● Antonio McAfee ● Maggie Michael ● Greg Minah ● Jonathan Monaghan ● Giancarlo Montes Santangelo ● Amanda Muhlena Hays ● MJ Neuberger ● Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O’Neal ● Betsy Packard ● John Paradiso ● Jefferson Pinder ● Rodrigo Pradel ● Akil Ransome  ● D’Metrius Rice ● Simon Roberts ● E. Brady Robinson ● Amber Robles-Gordon ● Esther Ruiz ● Kate Sable ● Hasani Sahlehe ● Nicole Salimbene ● Kim Sandara ● Katia Santibañez ● Josh Sender ● James Siena ● Johab Silva ● Viva Ventura ● Dafna Steinberg ● A.L. Steiner ● Dan Steinhilber ● Liz Stewart ● Leigh Suggs ● Ira Tattelman ● Paul Thulin-Jimenez ● Kyna Uwaeme ● Elena Volkova ● Sue Wrbican ● Monsieur Zohore


During the two-week auction period, WPA invites you to attend three separate Virtual Studio Visits with Collectors' Night Artists Wesley BergAkea Brionne Brown, and Rachel Guardiola. We hope you can make one of these informal 30-minute events for a behind-the-scenes experience with these incredible artists! 

Please register through the links below, WPA will send the Zoom link to all registered guests on the morning of each studio visit.

Studio Visit with Wesley Berg
Tuesday, May 11 | 7–7:30pm EDT

Studio Visit with Akea Brionne Brown
Wednesday, May 12 | 7–7:30 pm EDT

Studio Visit with Rachel Guardiola
Tuesday, May 18 | 12–12:30pm EDT


Presented by Bernstein Private Wealth Management

A selection of approximately 20 auction artworks, including pieces by janet e. dandridge, Kate Sable, Khanh Huu Le, and Dominic Anthony Green, is installed at WPA’s gallery space in Shaw from April 15–May 18. The Preview Gallery will be open by appointment only for private groups of 6 or less. Book an appointment here.


We're excited to share the Collectors' Night 2021 Publication, featuring a selection of the artwork included in the Collectors' Night Benefit Auction, as well as exclusive content, interviews, and an essay about WPA's artist-organized program model. Preview works by artists such as Akea Brionne Brown, Schaun Champion, Susan Hiller, Tsedaye Makonnen, James Siena, A.L. Steiner, Monsieur Zohore, and many more. Printed copies of the publication will be mailed to supporters of Collectors' Night, and we are pleased to share the digital version below.


WPA thanks the generous sponsors and supporters of Collectors’ Night 2021.


Brittany Bansak, Co-Chair ● Martha Blalock, Co-Chair ● Nekisha Durrett ● Nicole Hollander  ● Philippa Hughes ● Angie Kang  ● Andrea Limauro ● Dale Mott ● Schwanda Rountree ● Caroline Wright 


Helen Chason, The Kreeger Museum ● Melissa Chiu, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden ● Dorothy Kosinski, The Phillips Collection ● Emily Wei Rales, Glenstone ● Kim Sajet, National Portrait Gallery ● Stephanie Stebich, Smithsonian American Art Museum ● Susan Fisher Sterling, National Museum of Women in the Arts


Michael Abrams & Sandra Stewart ● Brittany Bansak & John Crenshaw ● Christina Batipps ● Hayley Cutler* ● Martha Blalock & Chris Delucchi ● Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell & Nathan Greenwell ● Ryan & Jamie Dattilo ● Elissa & Tom Davidson ● Jessica Stafford Davis ● Fabiola R. Delgado* ● Olvia Demetriou // Peter Hapstak ● Jarvis DuBois ● Jacqueline Francis, M.D.  ● Katherine & Paul Friedman ● David Galligan ● Ray Garcia & Fruzsina Harsanyi ● Ashley & J.K. Givens ● Peter Hapstak ● Hilyard Art Advisory● Angie Kang & Colin Shah ● Melissa Ho ● Elise Hoffmann & Chris Niemczewski ● Madeline & Connor Locke ● Anna Mackler ● Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams ● Tsedaye Makonnen* ● RL Martens* ● Sophia McCrocklin & Bill Isaacson ● Faride Mereb* ● Jonathan Monaghan* ● Marvin Morris ● Dale Mott  ● Jessica & Ragan Naresh ● Frederick P. Ognibene, M.D. ● Mary Margaret & Scott Plumridge ● Robin Rose & Judy Penski ● Hannah Rose ● Judy & Andrew J. Sherman ● Jocelyn Sigue & Jair Lynch ● Daniel H. Squire ● Henry Thaggart ● Caroline Wright Art Advisory ● Blair Wunderlich 

*Indicates WPA 2020-21 Artist-Organizer



Bernstein Private Wealth Management ● CityCenterDC ● The Gary and Pennie Abramson  Foundation 


Foulger-Pratt ● Lightility ● Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers ● West End Plastic Surgery


Black Robin Media ● Capital One ● Grosvenor Americas ● JBG SMITH ● MRP Realty ● Of Place ● Streetsense ● Wegner CPAs 


May 6–20, 2021

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