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Throwback Thursday – KCAC Annual Art Auction 1984

Then: Throw back to February 1984 when the Annual KCAC Art Auction was beginning to find its place in the Kansas City community.

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February 1984 Jane Pronko is the current KCAC president and with the help of board of directors, KCAC members, patrons and artists they begin a long standing tradition that to this day continues to be a huge part of how KCAC runs exhibitions and programming. This is the first year that the Artists Coalition take on the Live Auction element and boy do they run with it! We see many familiar faces in these pictures and that list of contributing artists does not look far off from the very list we put together for this years auction.

Now: The 32nd Annual Art Auction is in full swing…


Jane Pronko is not only this year’s Sealed Bid Artist but also the Honorary Chairwoman for the very event she helped to create! We are so thankful and honored to have people like Jane Pronko, Philomene Bennette, Lou Marak, Rita Blitt and Colette Bangert continue to help us shape and mold this organization into a thriving and important element of what the arts are in Kansas City.

As we continue to organize and run the Auction each year we are reminded of all the people that came before us and stand behind us to help keep us a viable and critical arts organization in an ever change and growing city. The artists of KCAC past and present are what make this organization work as well as it does.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every artist that has come through KCAC since the beginning. Your innovations, ideas and stick with it attitudes are what has kept the Kansas City Artists Coalition going for nearly 40 years.

So, lets get started on another 40 years by making this Auction the best in KCAC history!!

See all of you very soon!

Thank you all for another successful Art Auction!

The art auction raised over $68,750! Corporate sponsorships were $7,800, donations from local businesses were approximately $9,620. That, with ticket sales and 100′s of volunteer hours created another successful auction!

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What an amazing result! These funds allow KCAC to match government grants, fund exhibitions, services, advocacy, grants, and residencies. Thank you for your support of the 31st Annual Benefit Art Auction of the Kansas City Artist Coalition. We are honored by the donation of art that you gave to KCAC.

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The auction generates not only funds, but also excitement for our mission of promoting visual arts and artists in Kansas City. This outcome would not have been achieved without you and all the artists and volunteers, including our Auction Honorary Chairperson Mayor Sly James and Mrs. Licia Clifton-James, and the KCAC Board of Directors.

Your help provides a lifeline for the Artists Coalition, keeping it strong and in turn making Kansas City a truly exciting place to be an artist.

The auction is more than a great fundraiser for the Artists Coalition; it can be a great marketing tool for you too. Now is the time to keep working and get the word out about your shows. Send show notices to your buyer and build a bigger, better audience for you and the arts, one patron at a time. Use the list to increase your audience for your work at future exhibitions.

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When you help the Kansas City Artists Coalition you help create our community’s culture. Together we are making Kansas City a truly exciting place for the arts. I hope you will keep the 2015 art auction in mind as you plan your future charitable giving. The 32nd Annual KCAC Art Benefit Auction is set for Saturday, February 21, 2015. Next year is a very special year, commemorating KCAC’s 40th year in existence!The Artists Coalition is a 501 (c) 3 charity and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Sweetheart Reception

Thank you so much for everyone that attended our Sweetheart Reception Wednesday night! With nearly 300 people in attendance, we had 29 buyouts.  Honorary Chairperson Mayor Sly James spoke and seemed to have quite the time.

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But there is plenty more art for sale on Saturday at the 31st Annual Art Auction.  Doors are at 6pm and tickets with bidder numbers can be bought at the door for $25.  We cant wait to see you Saturday night!


Thank you again for another great Auction!



The KCAC 30th Annual Art Benefit Auction was held on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Auction art sales and donations were a new record, totaling over $80,000 for 2013!!!

Thirty years is an amazing number, our patrons, artists and volunteers, make it  possible.  Thank you!

Great thanks to our Honorary ChairpersonDr. Jacqueline Chanda, President of The Kansas City Art Institute. She went beyond the call of duty by helping obtain our featured artist, Wilbur Niewald. KCAC was honored to have both in attendance at our celebration of the art, the SweethART Reception.

With each purchase, patrons: • Obtained a wonderful piece of artwork, • Created exposure for the donating artists, • And helped KCAC continue its mission to promote contemporary visual arts.

NOW, is the perfect time to mark your calendars for Saturday, February 15, 2014, the 31st Annual KCAC Art Benefit Auction. This is KCAC’s annual “MUST NOT MISS” event! Be aware that the “Buyout” option is an increasingly popular purchase alternative each year. KCAC had 22 buyouts in 2013. Be sure to visit KCAC early and procure your favorites as a “Buyout.”

With your investment in KCAC, you are making a DIFFERENCE in our community!

Jefferson Blair 2013 KCAC Auction Chairperson