May 16-19 ArtSpan's Golden Benefit Auction

ArtSpan's Golden Benefit Auction
May 16-May 19, 2023

ArtSpan and SF Open Studios are turning 50 this year! You're invited to attend the Golden Benefit Auction to launch this historic milestone year. The 2024 Auction is a dynamic event honoring ArtSpan’s 50 years of championing San Francisco Bay Area art and artists

Celebrate ArtSpan's golden 50th year with two in-person nights, paddle-raises, online bidding & more!

​This year, the Juried Benefit Art Auction features a collection of 100 pieces presented in-person at Heron Arts, plus an additional online-only collection of biddable works. I'm honored to have my piece "Lavender Haze" included in-person!

Johnny Botts artwork "Lavender Haze"

ArtSpan’s Auction Collection features original works of art—representing a wide range of media from artists at every point in their careers—selected by a jury of Bay Area art professionals. Experience the rich creativity of today’s contemporary artists, and bring some of it home! 



  • Kevin B. Chen, Curator at Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University
  • Renée DeCarlo, Artist & Founder of The Drawing Room SF
  • Karen M. Gutfreund, Curator, Consultant, Artist
  • Janna Keegan, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and Programming at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Tova Lobatz, Gallery Director at Heron Arts
  • Michelle Mansour, Executive Director of Root Division 
  • Owen Christoph, Artist Liaison at Jessica Silverman Gallery
  • Shiva Pakdel, Executive Director of Sausalito Center for the Arts
  • Andrea Schwartz, President of Andrea Schwartz Gallery
  • Meg Shiffler, Director of Artist Space Trust  


Auction Events 


VIP Preview | Thursday, May 16 | 6:30-8:30PM* @ Heron Arts

  • View ArtSpan's "Heron 100" Collection before anyone else and purchase at Buy-It-Now prices
  • Participate in an exhilarating LIVE auction and paddle-raise
  • Savor complimentary drinks and appetizers while placing your silent auction bids
  • Return Friday, May 17 for THE AUCTION, to revel in the company of our donor artists and the greater ArtSpan community!
  • Includes access to online bidding for our Online Auction Collection
  • Come dressed in your golden disco best!


*Limited capacity ticketed event: $500; group packages available for parties of 4  


THE AUCTION | Friday, May 17 | 6:30-9:30PM* @ Heron Arts

  • Vie for your favorites from ArtSpan's dazzling "Heron 100" Auction Collection carefully curated by our prestigious Golden Auction Jurors
  • Forge meaningful connections with our stunning donor artists over light bites and drinks
  • Place silent auction bids via your smartphone while enjoying infectious beats spun by our sensational DJ 
  • Raise your paddles for a fresh lineup of LIVE auction pieces that will ignite your competitive spirit!
  • Includes access to online bidding for our Online Auction Collection
  • Come dressed in your golden disco best!


*Ticketed event: $50 advance | $75 door | group packages available for parties of 6 & 10


Online-Only Bidding Closes the evening of Sunday, May 19 

All Bidding will occur online via your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Lots at Heron Arts close in sections the night of Friday, May 17

Bidding on the Online collection continues through the weekend, closing Sunday, May 19


Can’t attend in person? You can still be a vital part of ArtSpan’s Golden Benefit Auction! We invite you to join virtually as an online-bidder. Registration for online bidding is a sliding scale donation; we recommend a minimum of $25.



For 50 years, ArtSpan—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit—has kept artists firmly rooted in the ethos of the city through artful events directly connecting the public with local artists. The organization’s year-round programs include educational, career-strengthening workshops for creative professionals, paid public art opportunities, exhibitions, and more. ArtSpan’s Juried Benefit Art Auction generates the vital funds needed to sustain their artist-supporting work. 


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