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Updated: PS1’s annual Awkward Portal auctions area art


Awkward Portal art auction and community potluck

Public Space One — Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

This foam, resin, paint and nickel silver brooch by Jillian Moore will be part of Saturday's Awkward Portal auction at PS1. -- image courtesy Public Space One
This foam, resin, paint and nickel silver brooch by Jillian Moore will be part of Saturday’s Awkward Portal auction at PS1. — image courtesy Public Space One

UPDATE: The auction will now be exhibited through Friday, Nov. 18. The originally planned closing event on Saturday, Nov. 12 has been changed to a community potluck focused on art action and creating a safe place for discussion, set for Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

More than 50 area artists are represented this year at Public Space One’s annual fundraiser art auction, Awkward Portal. The funds raised will go to support PS One’s programming and space. The work on auction will be exhibited in the gallery (120 N Dubuque St, Iowa City) Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 9 and 10, 6-8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 11, 1-3 p.m.

Bidding on auction items began on Nov. 4 and will close at the event on Saturday evening. Both auction event and closing reception for the exhibit, Saturday’s event will feature performances around the theme of “re-call” and refreshments provided by Fair Grounds Cafe. Bids are accepted online, as well.

In addition to the visual art featured in the exhibit, there are other, less tangible items on auction, as well, including a writing critique with Sarah Prineas (author of The Magic Thief) and a site-specific installation by Sayuri Sasaki Hemann.

According to a press release for the event, the idea behind the name Awkward Portal is to “explore the imperfection of our attempts to reach a physical, mental, social, spiritual, elemental place just beyond.”


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