Academy of Art University’s 23rd Non-Profit Fine Art Auction Nov. 3

San Francisco, CA, October 19, 2018

Academy of Art University will host its 23rd Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction on Saturday, November 3rd at The Cannery in San Francisco, CA. This time-honored auction is dedicated to supporting the emerging artists, as half of the proceeds will go to the Academy’s Fine Art Scholarship for its top students, and the remaining funds will go directly to the artists.

This non-profit fund-raising auction has been benefiting students and young artists of this San Francisco art school for 23 years now and has become one of the most recognized arts events among local art communities in the Bay Area.

“Eighty-nine years ago, my grandfather established this school with the mission to support the creativity of emerging artists.” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, the President of Academy of Art University, “today, I invite you to continue this legacy by bidding on the works of some of the finest internationally known artists in San Francisco”. Craig Nelson, the Executive Director of the School of Fine Art, and his team started the Academy’s Fine Art Auction in 1995. “I remember the first year we held the auction in the old Maxwell Gallery on Sutter Street. We handed out post cards in the hotel lobbies and businesses in downtown and were pleasantly surprised with the art enthusiasts who attended the first of many auctions,” said Nelson, “with minimal promotion, we didn’t know what to expect. The first auction surprisingly raised $11,000, and the number went up every year.”

This auction includes both live and silent auctions and will be held at the Academy Galleries at The Cannery (2801 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94133). The reception begins at 2 pm, and the silent auction will end 30 minutes after the end of the live auction. The Academy also offers two-days previews on November 1st and 2nd, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the same location.

All previews and auctions are free and open to the public. Anyone and everyone is cordially invited, experienced collectors, artists, and auction first-timers are all welcome to attend. You can also preview some live auction items online and get more information at:


About Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation. Founded in 1929, the Academy offers accredited degree programs in more than 30 areas of study, as well as continuing art education, pre-college art experience programs, professional development, certificates, and teacher grants. Our urban San Francisco campus inspires students with its unique blend of architecture, cultural diversity, and technology. Our hands-on industry-based curriculum is taught by art and design experts who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry trends. Academy students graduate with strong foundations in art and design, the skills needed to succeed in the professional world, and an entrepreneurial spirit that sticks with them for life. For more information, visit or call 800-544-2787 (U.S. only) or 415-274-2200.

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