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DIA exterior at night
DIA exterior at night

Take home original art in Detroit Institute of Art’ lively fundraiser

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September 16, 2008 (Detroit)—If you’ve ever wanted to visit a museum and go home with an original work of art, here is your chance. On Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) presents “D’Art for Art: Ready, Set, Go!” D’Art for Art gives guests the opportunity to choose a piece of art from a variety of prints, contemporary oil paintings, photography, sculpture, decorative arts, glass and fine antique jewelry that have been donated by individuals and corporations. (These are not works from the DIA’s collection). The evening includes cocktails, dinner, a petit auction, and the “D’Art.” 


As a special treat, artist Kevin Barton will be on site, painting the event as it unfolds. Guests will be able to bid on this painting during the petit auction.    


“This lively—dare I say ‘frantic’?—event is part of our efforts to provide a wide array of programs to our various audiences.”, said Graham, W. J. Beal, DIA director. “D’Art for Art is a wonderful opportunity to purchase original art at a very reasonable price and have a good time doing it, all while supporting the museum.”


Attendees receive a number as they enter the museum, which will be used for the “D’Art.” The evening begins with a preview of the objects during cocktails in Rivera Court, followed by a

dinner and a petit auction. Then the fast-and-furious “D’Art for Art” begins. An auctioneer will call numbers at random. When a person’s number is called, they receive a sticker that they rush to place on the work of art they want to take home. If the “darter’s” first choice has already been claimed, they must quickly dart to their second or third choice. No one goes home empty-handed, and all have a great time.


Admission is limited. Tickets are available at the following prices:

$400 -  Individual ticket admits one for dinner and entitles that person to “dart” for art.

$500 - Patron ticket admits two for dinner and entitles one person to “dart” for art.

$600 - Benefactor ticket receives donor recognition at the event, admits two for dinner, and entitles one person to “dart” for art.

$2500 – Table of eight receives donor recognition at the event, admits eight for dinner and entitles four people to “dart” for art.

For tickets or more information, call 313-833-1717.


The event is presented by the DIA’s Women’s Committee, with proceeds benefitting the DIA.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.


Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.



Pamela Marcil     313-833-7899