Moscow Contemporary is offering the public the chance to own original works of art, and continue the growth of their exhibitions and education programs.


Moscow Contemporary’s first Benefit Auction features work by local, regional, and national artists. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the gallery, 414 S. Main St., Moscow. A pre-auction social begins at 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided by Wilder Catering as well as a selection of fine beverages from Nectar. The live auction begins at 7:45 p.m. The link to see and participate in the auction via Zoom will be available on the auction website:


Tickets are $25 per person. Admission includes a glass of champagne or sparkling water. Tickets are available online at or at the gallery’s gift store.


Open now, the exhibition features work by 65 regional and national artists. It closes with a live auction of the artwork on Saturday, Feb. 4. This year’s auctioneer is U of I Theatre Arts Chair Rob Caisley, who knows his way around a stage as well as a deep understanding of the importance of the arts to our community.


There is a great selection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photography. There are 17 artists participating for the first time including: Robbie McClaran, Dennis DeHart, Kelsey Grafton, Alison Scott, Rachael Eastman, Scott Plummer, and Reinaldo Gil Zambrano. Regional artists include: Pat Siler, Brenna Helm, Jill Kyong, Chris Watts, Jan Boles, Nara Woodland, and Kristin LeVier.


“We’ve been growing during our first year of operation.” Executive director Roger Rowley said. “The artists community both locally and nationally see the value in what we’re doing. As an exhibit, the work by just the local and regional artists demonstrates the incredible breadth, depth, and wealth of creativity we have here.”


Moscow Contemporary Board Chair, Stefanie Ramirez adds: “Artists have come out to support us with incredible donations of artwork. This is a moment where artist and audience can come together in support of our vibrant arts community.”


To learn more about work in the auction, join Rowley for an preview at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. An online catalog of the work is at: Those unable to attend the auction may submit email bids in advance beginning Jan. 19 through the website or by emailing:


Auction proceeds support exhibition and educational outreach programs including the upcoming exhibit of work by Venezuelan artist Elvis Rosendo and his Argentinian based son Gabriel.