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Silver Eye Center for Photography Hosts 2012 Benefit Auction and Brunch


PITTSBURGH, Pa., – Silver Eye Center for Photography presents its 2012 Benefit Auction and Brunch at Pittsburgh’s Clear Story Studio on Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 11am to 2pm. The event’s Presenting Sponsor is BNY Mellon. Eric C. Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum is the Auction’s Honorary Chair and Elvira Eichleay and Brian Lang are the Co-chairs. This year’s guest auctioneer is Sara Friedlander, Specialist, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s, New York.

A Singular Event, Now In Its 7th Year

The 2012 biennial Auction features an extraordinary selection of vintage and contemporary work representing a long list of illustrious talent — from revered masters and prominent mid-career photographers to an exceptional group of young, emerging artists.

The photographers include: Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Olivo Barbieri, Edward Steichen, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Edward McHugh, Scott Conarroe, David Stephenson, Duane Michals, Carrie Schneider, Tim Davis, Martha Rial, Ed Panar, Paul Caponigro, Fran Forman, Henry Simonds, Akihiko Miyoshi, Rebecca Sittler, Dylan Vitone, Daniel Kramer, Aaron Siskind, Abelardo Morell, and Jonathan Lewis, to name but a few.

Before the live bidding begins, guests will partake in a delectable brunch from Chef Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions. Complimenting this delightful menu are selected wines from local vintner (and well-known photographer) Duane Rieder of Engine House Twenty-Five and signature cocktails from Boyd & Blair Vodka. New this year is a silent auction with an array of items, from tickets to theatre and cultural events, to gift certificates for fine dining, Steelers sports memorabilia, travel packages and much, much more.

Honoring Aaronel deRoy Gruber

A special highlight of the 2012 Auction is a tribute to the life and legacy of Aaronel deRoy Gruber (1918-2011), a luminary in the field of photography and a generous patron of Silver Eye Center for Photography and the arts in Pittsburgh.

Two vintage works by Aaronel deRoy Gruber are in the Auction, and they can be previewed, along with other artwork and donated items at the Auction website,

Event Tickets & Bidding

Tickets are $75 per person. Advance tickets can be purchased online at, through April 20, 2012 or by phone at 412.431.1810, ext. 12.

Auction catalogue, registration and absentee bid forms can also be downloaded online or obtained via fax or email by contacting Juliana Zipay at 412.431.1810, ext. 12 or [email protected].

Auction Preview, April 6-25, 2012

Auction photographs will be on view at Silver Eye’s gallery located at 1015 East Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s Southside. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk & Reception, April 18, 2012, 6:30pm

Ellen Fleurov, Silver Eye’s Executive Director, and Brian Lang, Curator, Corporate Art Collection, BNY Mellon, discuss the pleasures of collecting photography and highlight works in the Auction. Many of the local artists whose work is showcased will also be present. Free but RSVP requested; please contact 412.431.1810, ext. 12 or [email protected].

Auction Sponsors

“BNY Mellon recognizes that the arts play an important role in developing and sustaining a vibrant and creative society,” said James McDonald, President, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “For 32 years, Silver Eye has been at the forefront of bringing contemporary photography to Pittsburgh, and we are delighted to support this nationally-acclaimed organization and its 2012 Auction.”

“The 2012 Auction is our largest fundraiser,” said Ellen Fleurov, Silver Eye’s Executive Director, “benefiting our award-winning special exhibitions as well as programs for students, teachers, families, youth and adults. We are extremely grateful to BNY Mellon and to all of our sponsors and participating artists, galleries and donors for their generous support of this event.”

Presenting Sponsor: BNY Mellon

Contributing Sponsors: Clear Story Studio, LAMAR, Wall-to-Wall Studios, Migliozzi Printing Services

Supporting Sponsors: All in Good Taste Productions, Engine House No. 25, Boyd & Blair Vodka, Table Magazine

About Silver Eye Center for Photography

Silver Eye Center for Photography is one of the few nonprofit venues in the country devoted exclusively to contemporary photography and the only one of its kind in Pittsburgh and the surrounding metropolitan region. Founded in 1985, Silver Eye’s mission is to broaden public understanding of and engagement with today’s photography and its essential role in contemporary culture. We also directly support and encourage the creative and professional development of local and national artists through fellowships, exhibition opportunities, programs, and other educational resources.

Silver Eye is located at 1015 East Carson Street on Pittsburgh’s historic Southside. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 6pm.

For additional information and press images, please contact: Juliana Zipay, Membership & Marketing Assistant, 412.431.1810, ext. 12, [email protected]

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