Crocker Kicks Off Art Auction Season

Photos complimentary by the Artists and the Crocker Art Museum
Rudy Autio – “The Disbelievers”
From the Silent Auction. Rudy Autio – “The Disbelievers”

Find yourself at home a lot these days, staring at the walls? Wouldn’t it be nice to have some new art on them to admire and enjoy? Crocker Art Museum’s art auctions may have just the thing to enliven those empty spaces.

The Crocker has officially kicked off its art auction season, presented in three parts: Big Names, Small Art; the Crocker Live Auction; and the Crocker Silent Auction. The eagerly anticipated trifecta, this year experienced virtually due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, culminates the evening of Saturday, July 18.

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Silent Auction. Clay Vorhes – “Levi’s Ole Trike”

More than 200 works are up for bid, showcasing some of the region’s most established artists, many of whom have creations in the museum’s permanent collection. Minimum starting bids range from $25 for many items in the Big Names, Small Art auction, which features artworks that are 12 by 12 inches or smaller, to $5,250 for Clay Vorhes’ oil painting “Levi’s Ole Trike.” A silent auction item, the Vorhes work has a “fair market value” of $15,000.

Barbara Takenaga – “Falling (blue concentrate)”
Silent Auction. Barbara Takenaga – “Falling (blue concentrate)”

The Big Names, Small Art auction contains more than 100 original works. It closes at 1 p.m. on July 18. The live auction, which features 10 original artworks and gives bidders the additional opportunity to “fund a need” with cash donations, will be livestreamed at 5:30 p.m. on July 18. The livestreamed silent auction, which has 90 original works, ends with a flourish right after the live auction. Starting at 7 p.m. on July 18, the sale of one artwork will close every minute.

Annette Corcoran – “Masked Tanager”
Live Auction. Annette Corcoran – “Masked Tanager”

To participate, sign up for no charge at If you wish to be a sponsor or buy tickets for hospitality benefits such as a private viewing of the artworks up for bid, call (916) 808-7843 or email

Mel Ramos – “Wonder Woman”
Live Auction. Mel Ramos – “Wonder Woman”

By taking part, you may not only score some fabulous art for your walls, but you’ll also be supporting one of the region’s key cultural institutions, its future exhibitions and its myriad programs that serve to inspire, educate and enrich our lives and our community through art.

Crocker Art Museum
Crocker Art Museum