Annual Benefit & Auction

Join us for our Annual Benefit & Auction on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 3-7pm in Kingston’s Uptown Stockade District. This celebratory afternoon at the elegant and contemporary Senate Garage will include cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and silent and live auctions. This year, we are proud to honor celebrated artist and WSW alumna Clarissa Sligh, and Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley for their dedication to serving artists and the community.






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About the Honorees

For 50 years, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has been a driving force for philanthropy. CFHV works with donors to provide grants and scholarships, establish nonprofit endowments, and collaborate with government, private foundations and local leaders to address current and emerging needs. In 2018 the Foundations made more than $15 million in grants, including significant support for our local arts community. Learn more at







Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, lecturer, and essayist. She is known for photo-text images, artists’ books and installations. For over 30 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal and political to explore concepts of memory and transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity – themes that have roots in her own experiences. Her work has been exhibited nationwide, in places such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum in New York City, the Walker Art Center in North Carolina, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, and at the National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National African American Museum, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.
Sligh’s most recent awards include grants from Art Saves Lives, the Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, and the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery. Other awards include an International Center of Photography Annual Infinity Award (1995) and fellowships from Anonymous Was a Woman (2001), the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), the New York Foundation for the Arts in artist’s books (2005) and in photography (1988 and 2000). As a 1988 co-founder of the Coast to Coast National Women Artists of Color projects, she helped created exhibitions that traveled nationally through 1996. She has worked with numerous organizations including the National Women’s Caucus for Art (1985 to 1994), the Artists Federal Credit Union, New York, (1986 to 1987), Printed Matter (1992 to 1996), the Artists’ Advisory Board of the Women’s Studio Workshop (2004 to 2007), the Artist Advisory Committee of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, (2004 to 2008), and the Penland School of Craft, (2007 to 2015).



Formal invitations, along with the option to purchase tickets by mail, are forthcoming.

Supporting the Gala and Auction

The Gala is made possible by the generous individuals, businesses, and institutions of the Hudson Valley who support our mission. Those interested in sponsoring the event will find more information here.