Tickets for Museum members are $40 and tickets for
non-members are $50. Tickets are available in advance
by calling 434.243.8874 or email

Proceeds from the event will support the Museum's 2003 Summer Youth Art Program, which serves more than 90 local youth, half of whom receive need-based scholarships to attend the camp.

Artists represented this year include Sam Abell, Michael Fitts, Elizabeth Gillaland, Jon Golden, Gray Ibbeken, Mary Kalergis, William McDonough, John Ruseau, Italo Scanga, Sharon Shapiro, Bill Sublette, William Wylie, youth from the Summer Art Program 2002 and many others.

Generously co-sponsored by:

Barboursville Vineyards


Our generous supporters for this event to date:


albemarle Magazine
John and Renee Grisham


Sarah Bedford and Jay Scott
Alex and Ann Gould
Gail and David Haines
Tricia and Tom Humphreys
Kate and Chris Patrick
Stedman House Interiors of Charlottesville
Courtney and Whit Stolz


Michael Alexander
Melanie Benjamin
Melissa and Erik Carlson
Alison Dickie
Erica and Adam Goldfarb
Bayne Henyon
Liz Jones
Gail and Phil Kiester
Christine and Colter Knight
Grayson Crawford McNeely


albemarle Magazine
Blue Light Grill and Raw Bar
Festive Fare
The Hook
Lex Yeux du Monde at dot2dot
Starr Hill Restaurant and Brewery
Studio Art Shop
Virginia Glass
The Virginia Company

The silent auction, which comprises more than 70 works of art on view for silent bidding, is an annual event organized and sponsored by the Young Friends of the Museum. In addition to raising vital education program funds, the event will present local, national and internationally known artists’ work to the Charlottesville community.

Last year, more than 350 patrons bid on 62 works of art by artists from all over the world. The auction raised $13,000 with proceeds returning to the Museum to help fund educational programs, conservation of works of art in the collection and Young Friends family programs. This year, proceeds will be allocated to the Museum’s Summer Youth Art Program, now in its third year, to help underwrite scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to attend the camp. Campers work with artists and educators to investigate works in the Museum and create their own art. This past summer, over 90 children, ranging from 5th through 11th grade, worked with National Geographic photographer Sam Abell to learn techniques and make their own artistic photographs.

This special event is generously co-sponsored by Barboursville Vineyards. Catering for this year's event is presented by Feast! and will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The event will also feature a prize drawing for such items as a signed copy of Sam Abell: The Photographic Life, a gift certificate to Cityspa, a signed poster from the Virginia Film Festival and more! The evening will conclude with dancing at Starr Hill. Patrons at the auction will receive a discount on admission to Starr Hill, where they are invited to enjoy music and dancing after the auction.

The event is open to the public.

The University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public without charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information about the University of Virginia Art Museum, call (434) 924-3592.