The Auction at MCAD | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Auction at MCAD

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Silent Auction

VIP Reception begins at 6:00 p.m.

Join us on the lawn for a unique mix of emerging talent, provocative creativity, and an enthusiasm that can only be found at MCAD! Enjoy craft cocktails courtesy of Bacardi and a delicious array of bites by renowned local chefs; view the incredible artwork up for sale; bid at the live auction; experience incredible local artists DJ Tricky Miki, Sam Larom ’19, and Aaron Dysart, all while supporting MCAD Scholarships. 

This year, in addition to the incredible selection of artwork up for bidding, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is graciously donating a private dinner for twelve to the Auction. The winning bidder and their guests will enjoy a memorable evening at Andrew's studio over a delicious meal prepared by Andrew Zimmern and his team. This experience will be a part of the live auction and only available for bidding by in-person event guests.

Can’t make it to the event? Join us online from May 20–23 for the silent auction and bid on more than 40 pieces of work from the comfort of your home.

While MCAD students share a passion for creativity, they come to us from all walks of life. With more than 97% of our students receiving some form of financial aid, scholarships are critical in ensuring that our students feel supported as they pursue their dreams.

Now in its ninth year, The Auction has raised more than $1.5 million for MCAD Scholarships. All proceeds from the event directly benefit emerging artists and designers on their paths toward graduating.

The health and safety of our students, guests, staff, and community is our top priority. In an effort to better minimize risk and the spread of Covid-19, all Auction attendees must present proof of a full course of Covid-19 vaccinations or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of the event.

Artwork Preview

Participating Auction Artists

Vito Acconci
Ann Aspinwall
Julie Baugnet ’95, MFA
Kristin Bickal
Juhana Blomstedt
Owen Brown
Dan Bruggeman 
Julie Buffalohead ’95*
Cole Case
James Casebere ’76
Genie Castro
Willie Cole
Cy DeCosse ’52
David duChemin
Lisa Elias
Gregory Euclide, MFA ’05
Nathanael Flink ’94
Frank Gaard
Wanda Gag 1916
Isa Gagarin ’08
Iva Gueorguieva
Richard Hamilton
Kim Heidkamp
Tynan Kerr ’07
Heidi Libera ’83
Ashley Mary ’18, MA
Patrick Maun 
Derek Meier
Lucy Mink ’95, MFA
Shelly Mosman ’95*
Lee Noble ’20, MFA
Luis González Palma
Teresa Paschke ’85
Jesse Matthew Petersen
Mark Rode 
Bobby Rogers ’14
Madison Rubenstein ’13
Mark Schoening
Tal Shpantzer ’96
Alec Soth
Xavier Tavera ’14
Fred Thieler
G. Timmreck 
Jared Tuttle ’14
Russell Tyler
Roman Verostko
Jeralyn Victoria ’06
Michon Weeks
Kit Wilson
Karen Wirth, Professor Emeritus
Seth Wolk

*bidding limited to in-person event guests

Auction Committee Members

Laura Austrian, Co-chair
Roderick Southall, Co-chair
Liz Barrere
Rob Birdsong
Allison Bonnett
Mia Bonnie
Brian Childs
Megan Clawson
Teresa Coryell House
Danny Della Lana
Tara Dev
Greg Downer
Nate Flink ’94
Kathy Ganley
Anny Hommeyer
Nayana Jha
M.E. Kirwan
Aaron Mack
Carol Mack
Heather Mattera
Tiffanea Mulder
Amanda Norman
Marion Parke
Sandra Rieger
Rob Sherer
Ellie Sparling
Ernest Williams
Amy Wolford

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!


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Media Sponsor

MSP Magazine

Proceeds benefit the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Scholarship Fund. Can't make it to the event? Donate to support MCAD student scholarships. 

Please reach out to Cindy Theis with any questions at 612.874.3777 or

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution to MCAD is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

2022 Silent Auction Artwork