2018 6×9: “Limited Size, Unlimited Talent” Mystery Sale
by Matthew Innis |
Attendees previewing the 6×9 artworks before the sale.
The 6×9 “Limited Size, Unlimited Talent” sale at the The Art of the Portrait Conference has become one of the most highly anticipated programs at each year’s event. In it, attendees at the Conference have the opportunity to purchase small panels painted and donated by some of today’s most widely appreciated artists (most of which were either nominees, finalists, or even winners of previous Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competitions). The prices are fixed at $250, and if more than one person is interested in purchasing a particular work, the prospective buyers’ nametags are put in a basket, and the lucky collector’s name is chosen at random. The creators behind the works are kept secret until the purchase is made, and buyers are often surprised by whose art they’ve just acquired. Even though these dozens of paintings, drawings, and sketches are sold at a fraction of their gallery prices, the event raises a much-appreciated amount of funding that the Portrait Society of America uses to fund their scholarship programs. It’s a win-win for the collectors and the Society alike.
Crowds gather hoping they win the lottery and get to purchase one of the donated works. Among the viewers you may see artists who contributed works of their own queueing up for a chance to acquire the work of one of their peers.
Below are pictures of many of this year’s contributions. As the artists who make these works have busy schedules and donate their time and creativity to making these pieces, not everyone is able to get their artworks submitted on time. Those who missed the deadline, but still donated their works, unfortunately did not have their pieces photographed or scanned by the Society. If you don’t see a favorite work here that you remember from the sale (or maybe even the particular work you purchased), that is the reason. I wish I could have included (and purchased) them all!