Hey guess what? Art Con’s coming to the Design District

Posted by    |    October 23rd, 2012 at 5:50 am

One of my favorite annual events in Dallas is Art Conspiracy or Art Con if you’re into abbreviations. The event is now in its eighth year and up and until now, the one-night-only party and art auction has been held in a warehouse space in West Dallas. Well Design District readers, we have exciting news:

Art Con is coming to the Design District.

This year’s event, which takes place on November 10, will take over the space at 960 Dragon Street (a former tire plant) from 7 pm to midnight. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event, here’s the run-down:

Art Con is re-defining the art auction for Dallas, making the concept accessible and inviting for everyone. The event features local music, an exciting auction and much more.

The organization invites 150 artists to create works using their signature 18×18-inch plywood boards. It’s up to the artists to make their pieces unique, and it’s these pieces that are auctioned off to interested buyers.

Bidding starts at only $20, making the art affordable, and the proceeds go towards philanthropies that ArtCon chooses each year. There are few requirements for the philanthropy, but the nonprofits must have an annual budget of less than $400,000 and offer creative programming in the form of art or music that gives back to youth, families and citizens within Dallas.

This year proceeds benefit Girls Rock Dallas and the W.T. White Academy of Visual and Performing Arts ceramics program.

The volunteer based event has grown annually over the past several years, and, this year, organizers are expecting it to grow yet again.

According to Executive Director Erik Glissmann at Art Con, “we bring the artist community and audience involvement together for a unique style of fundraising.”

Unique it definitely is. And props to Glissmann and his crew of volunteers for creating a successful and novel concept that opens up the intimidating notion of an art auction to an entirely new generation of art lovers and collectors. All for a good cause.

You really can’t beat that.