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IAIA dinner gala & 10 live auction items raise $50,900 for student scholarships

Silent & Live Auctions
Silent & Live Auctions
Roscoe Pond

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) benefit dinner & auction was held at the “La Fonda” on the plaza at Santa Fe, N.M. The evening began with the reception & silent auction on the “La Terraza Garden Patio” on Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Most of the auction donors are former students of IAIA & the program lists 100 artists, painters, sculptors, writers & jewelers. Roscoe Pond went to the table where novelist Michael McGarrity had his book auction. Roscoe had read all his mystery novels & is a big fan.

Robert Harcourt bought a table for the IAIA gala. He is a long time supporter of IAIA students & the college itself. Robert was thanked for his support & donations to IAIA. Everyone who knows him, calls him Bob. His table was filled with IAIA alumni students including Roscoe Pond.

Bob made copies of the live auction number cards with his table guest “names” on them. We all sat down as the banquet room filled up. The dinner & live auction was held inside the “Lumpkins Ballroom” at 7 p.m. The auctioneer was Mark Johnson. The silent auction commentator was James Rutherford. The flautist was Adrian Wall. The video production was by Dylan McLaughlin.

It is said that IAIA raises at least $500,000 in any given year for student scholarships. The IAIA dinner & auction raises at least $125,000. Since the college began raising money for these scholarships. IAIA has brought in $1.5 million dollars. Last night, the IAIA live auction items raised $50,900. The dinner public “scream out” donations ran up to $10,000. The silent auction numbers not are reported at this time.

Below are the 10 live auction items made by artists for the IAIA student scholarship program.

  • Lisa Holt & Harlen Reano created a clay pot called “Wildflower.” Value: $2,400. Sold at $1,800.

  • The tour of “Hopi” land with historian Mark Bahti. Value: $2,000. Sold at $2,400.

  • Kathleen Wall created a clay figure called, “On Clown Nine.” Value: $4,000. Sold at $5,500.

  • Tony Abeyta created a Oil on Canvas portrait called, “Mask.” Value: $5,00. Sold at $4,500.

  • Virgil Ortiz created 4 limited edition plates called, “I am Translator.” Value: $1,200. Sold at $3,200.

  • Dale Chihuly created two glass bowls called, “Bonfire baskets.” Value: $10,000. Sold at $5,500.

  • A Sherman Alexie private reading of his written books. Value: $5,000. Sold at $3,000.

  • Preston Singletary created a glass bowl called, “Tlingit Basket.” Value: $8,000. Sold at $5,000.

  • Nacona Burgess created Acrylic on Canvas called, “ Many Horses.” Value: $5,000. Sold at $6,500.

  • 12 IAIA alumni created individually a beautiful Concho Belt. Value: $10,000. Sold at $13,000.