Transformer’s primary fundraising event and DC’s biggest celebration of independent arts, the Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party is an extension of this innovative non-profit organization’s overall cutting-edge aesthetic. Now in its 16th year, the auction is widely regarded as the fall’s ‘not to be missed’ art event, Transformer’s Auction provides essential support for the organization’s year-round dynamic exhibitions and unique educational programming.
The 16th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Party returns, after 2018’s banner edition, to the GWU/Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, and the Transformer team are honored to have H.E. Emily Haber, The Ambassador of Germany, as this year’s Diplomatic Chair. Transformer is excited to feature a special selection of contemporary artworks by emerging German artists in this year’s Auction, in tandem with 175+ DC emerging and more established artists.
Regarding this year’s theme (and vibe), Victoria Reis, Transformer’s founder, shares:
“This year marks the centennial of Bauhaus, and in honor of Transformer’s creative collaboration with German artists, the Goethe Institute & the German Embassy this year, our Auction theme will be Bauhaus Cabaret. Think Berlin Babylon meets Franz Ferdinand meets Comme des Garçons, or more recently Khaite. Bold shapes, bold sounds, bold colors, yet functional – like Transformer! The energy will be dancing and drinking on the edge of the abyss – which let’s face it we kind of are!”
Founded in 2002, Transformer is a Washington, DC based 501 (c) 3 non-profit, artist-centered organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally and internationally.
Transformer’s mission is to provide a consistent, supportive, and professional platform for emerging artists to explore and present experimental artistic concepts, build audiences for their work and advance their careers, while increasing dialogue, understanding, and audiences for contemporary visual arts.
Transformer achieves its mission through the development and presentation of innovative exhibitions and educational programs. Through partnerships with artists, curators, and cultural institutions, Transformer serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts. Programs and services are designed to help artists grow their audience and patronage while educating them about opportunities for sustainability. Transformer works to strengthen community by supporting emerging artists in their development.
Ticketed event. Details can be found here.
Saturday, October 26th; 8:00–midnight (afterparty at The Line DC to follow) GWU/Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Flagg Building Atrium, 500 17th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006