THE BENEFIT, IS BACK FOR 2021
Philadelphia’s staple visual arts organization offers patrons and art lovers near and far a myriad of ways to safely enjoy their annual art auction with an incredible collection of over 150 pieces from established and emerging artists alike
InLiquid announces the return of their signature annual art auction, The Benefit 21 which will take place April 7-11th at the Crane Arts Icebox Project Space, InLiquid Gallery and online. The auction, which will be run through the online auction platform, Givesmart, will end at 5 pm on Sunday, April 11th.
“This year, more than ever, we need art. We need it as a form of expression for all of the things we are feeling, we need it as a bridge to connect with others after a year of isolation, we need it as a statement of our priorities and aspirations in times of difficulty and even desperation, and most literally, we need it to fill the walls that we’ve been staring at all day every day,” said Rachel Zimmerman, Executive Director of InLiquid.
With opportunities for art lovers all over the country to participate in the auction, no matter their location, as well as socially distanced appointments to have semi-private showings of the auction’s bounty of work, this year’s Benefit is the organization’s way of voicing the mantra that envelops their mission, “Support local artists, and you support the entire community.”
Especially in challenging times, supporting artists is a way to put resources back into communities. Art lovers can join InLiquid in supporting artists by bidding on works and items featured in the Benefit auction via Givesmart (bit.ly/in-benefit2021).
The auctioned artwork will be viewable in person by appointment from April 7-11. Appointments can be made at https://calendly.com/inliquidgallery/inliquid-benefit.
The Benefit also marks the continuation of InLiquid’s campaign, Everyone is a Collector, with over 150 pieces of original art available at a wide range of starting bid prices.
Highlights of this year’s Benefit include a living room vignette by Floss Barber Inc. Interior Design in collaboration with Duval Art Consultancy. Together, they have curated and designed 10 perfect products ranging from egg-shell thin Murano Italian glasses to custom carpets from Nepal for their first The Women I Have Known line. The first four products from their line will be introduced and available to bid on at the InLiquid auction. Another exciting feature at The Benefit will be a furniture and lighting vignette created by local lighting designer, Chris Poehlmann. All furniture, lighting, and design accessories in the design vignettes will also be on auction in addition to the artwork.
InLiquid’s annual Benefit auction showcases a curated selection of contemporary art by over 200 local and regional artists. Proceeds from art sales support InLiquid and each artist directly. InLiquid’s annual Benefit auction is a leading cultural and social event in Philadelphia that showcases a premier collection of contemporary art, craft, and design, alongside items and gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses. Family-friendly art activities, on-site hospitality, private event opportunities, and event customization are available to sponsors.
Throughout this past year, InLiquid has worked tirelessly to support artists by finding unconventional avenues to create opportunities in a landscape where opportunity is sparse. Last year alone, InLiquid worked with 644 artists to advance their careers and present their work to new audiences with free art exhibitions, hands-on workshops, and creative events in person and online. InLiquid provides this free arts programming to over 25,000 people in person and over 100,000 unique web visitors annually. In 2020 Inliquid produced over 42 exhibitions and workshops both in-person and with online talks and accessibility; highlights from the year include a virtual opening interview and talk with acclaimed artist Danny Simmons, for his exhibit at the InLiquid Gallery, Studio Time, a collection of works made during the 2020 pandemic; Sculpture in the Glen II, a month-long exhibition in collaboration with the Burch Family
presenting work by over two dozen of the region’s outstanding visual artists in a roaming sculpture garden in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and InLiquid’s exhibit, Once Home, a two-person photography exhibit highlighting personal narrative as a tool of empowerment in a time of change, showcasing the work of Howard Traivers and Khalif Rivers.
InLiquid’s annual event, Benefit, continues to grow in popularity attracting a diverse crowd of curators, collectors, art lovers, influencers, and professionals. More information can be found on www.inliquid.org/benefit.