PLATTSBURGH — It’s time again for bidders to queue up for the SUNY Art Department’s Biennial Silent Student Art Auction today.
“The very first year we did this was 2002, and that was a response to 9/11,” said Diane Fine, a professor of art at the college.
“It was the first time we raised money for artists that had been displaced and directly impacted by the attacks. We have done it every other year since then.”
The auction features unframed works made by students. The event was planned by Cheyenne DeMarco, Courtney Farrell, Emma Huneck, Rachele Holt and Kelly Schoonbeck.
“It’s just student artwork,” Fine said. “It’s very simple, just cleanly and neatly displayed. Bidding starts at $5. It takes place for an hour and a half. The thing that is so nice, it’s really nice to see people shop for original artwork they can afford.”
The auction also features a raffle of intaglio prints by Charles Atwood King and Karen Lamite King.
“So many of us go into galleries, and we cannot always afford to buy what’s on the wall,” Fine said. “The very first time, I could hear people walking away and exclaiming over their purchase. In addition to raising this money, it gives people a chance to shop for original artwork. Not many of us can do so on a regular basis because of our economic constraints.”
The event also gives students a firsthand experience of watching people appreciate and bid on their work. It prepares them for future gallery sales.
The auction is time to coincide those who are looking for something special for that special someone. Items can be purchased by cash or a check made out to the Plattsburgh College Foundation.
“They think of giving original artwork as a holiday gift,” Fine said. “The art faculty helps by encouraging their students, and Kim Hall-Stone, our secretary, helps us with a lot of the organization of it.”