One of my favorite charities during my late-year “Charity Season” is Historic Albany Foundation, and their BUILT: Albany’s Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes auction and fundraiser is an event I totally treasure.
BUILT is an amazing charity event, in which Albany’s top artisans create breathtaking artwork and imagery inspired by the architecture – past and present – of the Capital City. And it’s all available for purchase and bid.
From Historic Albany’s Facebook page about the event.
BUILT promotes awareness of Albany’s built environment and raises funds for preservation efforts. For the past 13 years we’ve used our annual art exhibit & silent auction to highlight the issue of vacant buildings in Albany. With BUILT, we extend this artistic lens not just on vacant architecture, but onto Albany’s entire BUILT environment. A portion of the proceeds from the reception and art sales will benefit the Foundation’s programming and technical services.
In 2015, we had 80 artists submit close to 200 works of art. We are constantly impressed by the caliber of artwork that is part of the show and we encourage any and all artists to submit once the call for art is released.
And with that in mind, BUILT is currently calling for new and unique artwork that showcases Albany’s brilliant architecture and vibrancy – oh, and this year, they’re also including art that showcases the architecture of Schenectady and Troy as well, as part of Historic Albany Foundation’s collaboration with the Breathing Lights art project. BUILT’s prospectus can be viewed by visiting this link.
Oh, and how’s this for super-coolness… the prospectus has one of my entries from last year, Nipper’s Flip Side, as one of the art examples! Yes, the photo I took with the RCA dog atop the Arnoff Moving and Storage Building (the former RTA Warehouse), as shot off a reflection in a street puddle. I blogged about taking that photo in this post.
If you plan on entering BUILT, you should get your pieces ready. This is one of the best showcases of the Capital Region’s artisans and craftspeople, and it also affords buyers the opportunity to purchase these artworks – and those purchases will help preserve our area’s most beloved and endangered buildings and architecture.
So here’s the deal. Read the prospectus, look for your three best pieces that represent the visual excitement and wonder of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, and submit them to BUILT.
You’ll be glad you participated.
Trust me on this.