SOURCE: Art of Action

Art of Action

June 23, 2010 07:01 ET

Historic Art of Action Tour Culminates With Auction in Burlington, VT

MONTPELIER, VT--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) -  Thirty-two pieces created for the groundbreaking Art of Action project will be sold at Absolute Auction on Saturday, July 17th at Main Street Landing's Union Station in Burlington. The public Farewell Reception and Bidders' Preview will take place from 5-7pm, with the Auction beginning at 7pm.

This gala event is the culmination of a historic two-year collaboration between the Vermont Arts Council, entrepreneur and philanthropist Lyman Orton, and Janice Izzi. Informed by the research of the Council on the Future of Vermont, ten artists were commissioned to interpret the social, cultural and political issues affecting the future of the state. 300 artists from 26 states and three foreign countries applied for the project and ten were chosen: Susan Abbott, Gail Boyajian, David Brewster, Annemie Curlin, Phil Godenschwager, Curtis Hale, Valerie Hird, Kathleen Kolb, Janet McKenzie and John Miller. Their commissions, averaging $25,000, were underwritten by Orton and are among the largest in the Arts Council's 45-year history.

For the past 10 months, the 105-piece collection has been traveling the state in three concurrent exhibitions, stimulating conversations about the issues depicted in the art and, in some cases, inspiring people to take action.

All ten artists will be represented in the auction and their work ranges in value from $450 to $7500. This is an Absolute Auction which means there is no reserve or minimum bid and all 32 pieces will be sold. Proceeds will help seed a future commissioning project for Vermont artists.

The Art of Action was designed to capture the social, political and environmental views of the people of Vermont. The Arts Council and Orton wanted to ensure that the legacy of this project is preserved for the public. While many pieces have already been acquired by private collectors, 26 are being donated to community and cultural institutions so Vermonters will have access to them for generations to come. The recipients will be honored on Friday, July 2nd at Union Station as part of Burlington's First Friday Art Walk. The public is invited to attend the reception from 5-7pm.

The entire Art of Action collection will be exhibited at Main Street Landing's Union Station in Burlington from July 1-17. For more information, visit

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