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The ultimate art auction: A who's who of Space City artists step up for the University of Houston

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

The item list at Saturday's silent auction benefit for the University of Houston School of Art at the Station Museum reads like a who's who list of Space City artists, featuring everyone from stalwarts like The Art Guys and Rachel Hecker to newcomers like Seth Mittag and Hana Shoup.

Pieces were donated by the artists  all of whom are faculty or alums  with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the School of Art's scholarship fund.

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Mary Doyle Glover, Cupcake

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

"We're so overwhelmed by the quality of work," said School of Art director Rex Koontz.

"These are not pieces the artists have pulled from a drawer in the studio. These are top-notch works. We're truly honored that our alumni and faculty were willing to donate such amazing material."

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Rex Koontz, director of the UH School of Art

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

Included among the night's highest selling items was a sketch by the esteemed artist Michael Ray Charles (MFA, '93) as well as a print by the late Luis Jimenez, who served on the UH art faculty until his death in 2006.

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Luis Jimenez, Cowgirl, date unknown, bon a tie print, lithograph

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University of Houston, Station Museum, School of Art, Gala Auction 2013

All desserts were hand-crafted by School of Art supporters, including a fascinating assortment of flower-adorned cupcakes by Annie Souza, wife of artist and faculty member Al Souza.

Click through the slides for more of the auction event.

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Annie Souza, Eat Me, cupcakes with flowers and other mixed media, courtesy of the artist

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

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Left to right: Craig Seebach, Scott Greenwood, Waulter Vandertol

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

Seth Mittag, Mr. Kittelson, 2013, courtesy of the artist

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UH Gala Auction 2013, Art Guys

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Art Guys, About a Dollar Sixty-Six [detail], mixed media, courtesy of the artists.

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 201

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Designer and artist Jerry Jeanmard

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

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Artists Kelli Vance (left) and Jane Eifler

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

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Noted Houston blues singer Annika Chambers and her band entertained a crowd of nearly 200 art-goers.

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UH Gala Auction 2013, Hana Shoup

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Hana Shoup, Self-portrait with Apis mellifera [detail], 2013, acrylic on panel, courtesy of the artist

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UH Dollars for Scholars art auction April 2013

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At right: Dennis Harper, The Great Panhead Is Dead, 2013 paper, foam board, mylar, PVC and wood.

Rear wall: Mural by Daniel Aguilu, from the Station Museum's recent Houston Times Eight show

 

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University of Houston, Station Museum, School of Art, Gala Auction 2013

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Works by Rachel Hecker, left, and Hillerbrand+Magsamen

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University of Houston School of Art, Gala Auction 2013, Corey Tu Ellen Phillips Andrew Davis Terry Phillips

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Left to right: Corey Tu, Ellen Phillips, Andrew Davis and Terry Phillips

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University of Houston, Station Museum, School of Art, Gala Auction 2013, Anya Tish, Adela Andea

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Gallerist Anya Tish, left, with artist Adela Andea

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sharon kopriva ed Karen wilson gus cameron rezai

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Left to right: Ed Wilson, Sharon Kopriva, Gus Kopriva, Karen Wilson and Cameron Rezai