More than 350 guests from across the Bay Area recently gathered at the Herbst International Exhibition Hall in the Presidio to enjoy fine food and libations and bid on museum-quality contemporary art in support of the Headlands Center for the Arts. The quality and caliber of the artists who participated in the event represents Headlands’ commitment to artistic excellence and innovation. Auction items included works by Hurvin Anderson, Uta Barth, Thomas Campbell, Squeak Carnwath, Doug Hall, Amanda Hughen, Aaron Noble, William Swanson, Kathryn Van Dyke, Paul Wackers and many more.
The annual Benefit Auction serves as one of Headlands’ premier fundraising events and raises more than $150,000 in gross revenue. Proceeds go directly toward underwriting Headlands programs for artists and the public.
Located in the coastal wilderness of the Marin Headlands, Headlands Center for the Arts is a laboratory for the development of new work across artistic disciplines and a place for the exchange of ideas across cultures and artistic disciplines. Headlands’ unique National Park-situated campus includes studios, workshops, living quarters, lecture spaces, seminar rooms, dining facilities, and administrative offices.
Headlands’ primary programs include its Artist in Residence Program (AIR), Affiliate Program and programs for the general public. AIRs receive a travel and living stipend, studio space, housing and meals as well as access to a wood shop, library, darkroom and letterpress. Through the Affiliate Program, local artists rent subsidized studios and receive access to the facilities, programs and community on our campus. Headlands supports artists working in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, writing, poetry, arts administration, dance, performance, installation, film and video, and community-based practice.
Approximately 40 national and international AIRs are served each year, in addition to 25 local Affiliate artists. Alumni have gone on to achieve international recognition and awards including MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants; Wallace Alexander Gerbode, Eureka, SECA/INSITE, Aldrich and Anonymous Was A Woman awards; National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation and Guggenheim Fellowships; as well as inclusion in Documenta the Whitney, Istanbul and Venice Biennials. Headlands’ distinguished alumni include: Hurvin Anderson, Jill Gallenstein, Joanna Haigood, Ann Hamilton, David Ireland, Harrell Fletcher, Clare E. Rojas, David Maisel, Julie Mehretu, Ned Kahn, Rebecca Solnit, Barry McGee, Sam Green, Shahzia Sikander and Guillermo Gomez-Pea, Alec Soth, Camille Utterback among hundred of others.
Headlands’ Public Programs such as artist talks, panel discussions, performances and workshops are integral to increasing understanding for the role of art in society and complement residencies by investigating a wide range of ideas and fostering interaction, learning, and discussion amongst the local arts community and the general public. Headlands host approximately 24 public programs each year and attracts nearly 10,000 visitors.