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33rd Annual Benefit Art Auction
February 20, 2016



Honorary Chairs: Philomene Bennett and Lou Marak
Featured Artist: Lou Marak
Chairman: Miguel Rivera
Auctioneer: Colonel Wes E. Schlobohm, Official Auctions

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On Saturday, February 20, the Kansas City Artists Coalition is hosting the 33rd Annual Benefit Art Auction.

Collectors, art enthusiasts, and friends of the Artists Coalition know it’s the best place to buy art from up-and-coming and established Kansas City artists. The quality and quantity of the art makes it one of the not-to-be-missed art events of the year.

The Kansas City Artists Coalition’s Art Auction is KCAC’s largest fundraising event, and provides the funds that allow the organization to engage local artists and our art-loving community and continue producing exhibitions and programs— including the International Residency. We are planning a great Auction. Please join with us and be a part of the Artists Coalition’s future. Your donation of art, time, and money helps sustain the visual arts in Kansas City.

Now in its 40th year the Artists Coalition is honored to have the support of members, including KCAC's founding members, and the community.

February 3 – 17, Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6 pm
Sundays, February 7 & 14, 1 pm – 4 pm
Preview artworks before the excitement of Auction night. Buy your tickets and get your bidder number. BUYOUT an artwork, bid on Silent Auction piece, submit an Absentee Bid on any item or a Sealed Bid on the featured artist's artwork.

Wednesday, February 17, 7 – 9 pm
The Sweet Art Reception honors our contributing artists and patrons. It's the perfect opportunity to meet the artists, preview the artwork, make bids or even buyout pieces. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. Come celebrate with us!
Tickets are $12.50 at the door.

Saturday, February 20, Doors open at 6 pm
Appetizers will be served from 6-8 pm Beverages will be served all evening.
Auction regulars will tell you to come early, dress casually and in layers (as the bidding gets hot so does the room). Be ready for a great time!

The Silent Auction bidding begins when the artworks go on preview February 3 and continues through Saturday, February 20! So stake your claim early and be ready to up your bid Saturday evening!

Live Auction bidding begins at 8:15 pm This is it! By now you have finished bidding on your Silent Auction selections and are ready to be a part of the fun and thrills of the Live Auction!


Bidders may leave Absentee Bids for live auction items with the Artists Coalition staff. Bids must be submitted on KCAC Absentee Bid Forms. Payment must be made at the time the bid is registered. If the bid is not successful, payment will be refunded. In the event of duplicate bids, the bid submitted first will be honored. Absentee Bids may be placed through February 17 at 9 pm

Auction patrons may “buy it now” by using the BUYOUT option. Bidding on an Auction piece is closed when a BUY OUT is made. The BUY OUT price is determined by KCAC and is listed for each artwork. A BUY OUT must be submitted to KCAC staff who will register it. Payment must be made at the time the BUY OUT is registered. BUY OUTS may be made February 3 - 17 at 9 pm

This year's Sealed Bid Item is Lou Marak's oil on panel, Surrounded by Blue. Sealed bids are available at the Kansas City Artists Coalition galleries at 201 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri, or by calling the galleries at 816-421-5222, or by downloading a bid sheet. Sealed bids are due for this piece on Saturday, February 20, 2016 by 7:45pm.
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Pieces must stay on display through the Auction Preview.

GENERAL ADMISSION tickets may be purchased at the KCAC Gallery for $25. Your ticket is your admission for the Live Auction and must be presented to receive a Bidder Number. Please sign up for your Bidder Number when you purchase your ticket.

SPECIAL RESERVE SEAT tickets may be purchased at the KCAC Gallery for $100. A limited number of reserved seats - up front, where you can really follow the bidding are available for $100. Reserve seats must be purchased by Wednesday, February 17. The price of this special ticket is not refundable; however, the $100 may be applied toward the purchase of One Live Auction Artwork. Reserve Seat Ticket Holders must also purchase an Auction General Admission Ticket for $25.

BIDDER NUMBERS You must have a Bidder Number to bid. Bidder Numbers are available when you purchase your General Admission Ticket. Avoid lines on auction night, purchase your ticket and get your Bidder Number during the Auction Preview!




32nd Annual Benefit Art Auction
February 21, 2015

Chairman: Miguel Rivera - Chair of the Printmaking Department at the Kansas City Art Institute
Honorary Chairperson: Jane Pronko, Artist
Colonel Wes E. Schlobohm, Official Auctions, Auctioneer

On Saturday, February 21, the Kansas City Artists Coalition is hosting the 32nd Annual Benefit Art Auction. Collectors, art enthusiasts, and friends of the Artists Coalition know it’s the best place to buy art from up-and-coming and established Kansas City artists. The quality and quantity of the art makes it one of the not-to-be-missed art events of the year.

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AUction 2015/Sealed Bid/Pronko
SEALED BID ITEM —Jane Pronko, The Right Track, Oil on canvas, 40x56 inches
Valued at $ 5,500.00 Click for a pdf of the Sealed Bid Form

Honorary Chairperson and Featured Artist: Jane Pronko

Jane Pronko is a founding member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. Over the years she has served the organization in a variety of roles. She has been on the Board of Directors as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and served on many, many committees. She was the first Director of KCAC ’s gallery at 7th and Central.
Jane has been a constant throughout KCAC ’s history, contributing not only time, but her wisdom to the organization. Fun fact, Jane started the Annual Art Auction, our annual fundraiser.
The Board of Directors is honored to have Jane’s continuing support of the organization as both the Auction’s Honorary Chairperson and Sealed Bid Contributing Artist.

Pronko’s views of the city render it luminous and slightly mysterious. What sets her apart from so many who tackle the topic is her avoidance of tidying and editing. She resists the pull to prettify that would turn the works picturesque.” — Alice Thorson, The Kansas City Star, April 30, 2014.




Pronko’s earliest works were what she calls “train paintings,” inspired by her everyday experience. Paintings like “The Right Track” are a part of Jane’s artistic and personal history. Pronko grew up in Dupo, Ill., a Missouri-Pacific railroad town just across the river from St. Louis. “My father was a switchman,” she said. “He used to ride behind the house and wave.” These works are in many collections including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Just what attracts me to a particular setting varies, balance, movement and, of course color. I am not interested in story telling but rather in a painted place where action could transpire. I am setting the scene for some event that I suspect might happen but am not sure about. There is a tension connected with this that I find compelling, like the exploration of something unknown. With the scene set I hope to connect with the viewer, not with a narrative but something like how music or poetry reaches out and resonates. — Artist’s Statement


YouTube link to the KCAC Art Auction slideshow. All works are included with artist names, medium and size. Slideshow is about 22 minutes.

YouTube link to the KCAC Art Auction BUYOUT slideshow.

Download the 2014 Announcement!


Bai Ming featured artist:

Bai Ming is the featured artist of the KCAC 31st Annual Art Auction. “Four Seasons” will be auctioned by a sealed-bid process. Painted in the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition in July 2013, the work is valued at $20,000 in the Chinese market and is offered at a special price of $6,500 for the US market. Bai Ming donated these tiles to support the International Residency program at KCAC.

Bai Ming has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Torrance Art Museum. Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘Life Goes On-New Plum Vase’ sold at Hosane ‘Spring Auction 2012 – Contemporary Art’ in 2012 for $44,805.

“I must say, I really had a good time here in Kansas City. The time left a deep impression on us. Because of your perfect arrangements, we feel comfortable and enjoyable and also satisfied with the work and life here. Also, I got some inspiration here, which enabled me to create some works of art. It’s perfect.”

“Just like the Chinese characters, the different structures composed of different strokes embody quite different meanings. The different details represent colors and varieties in the life. The life is both a process and a form and the art is a process more than a form. The form and process may be regarded as both a way to create an elegant life and realm of spirit and a material requisite for our common life.

I like the language of ceramics: gentle, elegant, implicit, highly privileged and peaceful. It has an inherent air of refinement and tranquility. In my opinion, all of these qualities are the very reflections of the features of the Chinese culture. As a matter of fact, my fascination with them reveals my yearning for the “Classic spirit” in my heart.”

Bai Ming was born in Yugan County, Jiangxi Province, Bai Ming is a lecturer at the College of Fine Art of Tsinghua University. He is also a member of China Artists Association (CAA), a member of China Oil Painting Society (COPS) and a member of International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) of NESCO. He is the art majordomo of China Ceramic Art Net In addition, he also serves as guest editor of Jiangxi Fine Arts.

— Bai Ming, Artist in Residence, Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition, Four Seasons, July 2013

SEALED BID ITEM — “Four Seasons” by Bai Ming, Chinese ceramic artist. These panels were created in the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition, July 2013. Available through sealed bid. Bids are due for this piece by Saturday, February 15, 2014 by 7:45 p.m.

2014 Sealed Bid Form for Bai Ming Tiles


Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. and Licia Clifton-James, Honorary Chairs

The Kansas City Artists Coalition is pleased to announce Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. and his wife Licia Clifton-James as the Honorary Chairs for the KCAC 31st Annual Benefit Art Auction to be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The Kansas City Artists Coalition is honoring Mayor and Mrs. James because of their dedicated encouragement for the arts. Janet Simpson, Executive Director of the Kansas City Artists Coalition, commented, “KCAC is proud to support the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, and we feel that our KCAC programs, particularly our International Residency, play a vital role in taking Kansas City and our vibrant arts community to the next level.”

Mayor James remarked, “Licia and I are delighted to be the Honorary Chairs of the 2014 KCAC Art Auction. As KCAC approaches its 40th anniversary in 2015, it continues to play a leadership role in collaborating with other KC art institutions to establish Kansas City as a global arts powerhouse.”

The Kansas City Artists Coalition (KCAC), an artist-centered, artist-run alternative space, presents a variety of contemporary visual art exhibitions in its Mallin Gallery, Jacqueline B. Charno Gallery and the Underground. KCAC also offers opportunities for non-U.S. artists to visit and work in Kansas City through the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition. The mission of the Residency is to bring artists from around the world together in order to build friendships and improve intercultural understanding. The Artists Coalition was created to change the lives of Kansas City visual artists and to promote visual arts awareness and artistic culture in Kansas City and the surrounding region.



The Kansas City Artists Coalition is pleased to announce:
Honorary Chairperson – Jacqueline Chanda, PH.D., President of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI)

Dr. Chanda became the 23rd president of KCAI in July 2011. Prior to her appointment to KCAI, she was the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence, France. “I am delighted to be honorary chair in this milestone 30th year of KCAC’s annual art auction,” Dr. Chanda said. “With its global outreach, administering grants for U.S. artists to visit residencies abroad, as well as its Kansas City-based international residency, which invites non-U.S. artists to visit and work in Kansas City, and its longstanding, excellent Exhibitions Series, KCAC and I share a common vision of Kansas City as a globally renowned creative crossroads.”

Featured Artist – Wilbur Niewald


Mr. Niewald is both a graduate of KCAI and taught there for more than 40 years before retiring in 1992 when he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Painting. His work is found in the collections of over 50 museums and corporations (for example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The National Academy of Design in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Nerman Museum, Hallmark, Sprint and many others), as well as numerous private collections. In the early ‘70s, after a trip to Mexico, he had an epiphany. “I looked out of the window of my studio and said to myself—why not just paint what I see. I did – and this was one of the most exhilarating and liberating experiences of my life.” KCAC is privileged to be able to include this very special painting in its 2013 auction.