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VisArts Artists Helping Artists Auction

The VisArts Artists Helping Artists Auction is a multi-week, online art auction that brings together artists and collectors to raise funds for Richmond’s visual arts community.

Each week, VisArts will highlight and auction a piece of art representing one of the 12 art media available in the center’s 18 professional studio spaces. Works selected for the auction will go up for auction online each Thursday.

VisArts is committed to supporting Richmond’s art community, from professional artists to students, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the VisArts Artists Helping Artists Auction is to help ease some of the losses artists may have incurred during this period of social distancing. Proceeds from sales will benefit the artists who created the pieces, VisArts’ Annual Fund, the CultureWorks COVID-19 Arts and Culture Relief Fund and the Oakwood Arts and VisArts initiative which provides free, weekly art kits filled with supplies and lessons for Richmond Public Schools students.

The auction will run on a weekly basis from April 23 through September 3, 2020.

Up for auction: august 6 – August 13, 2020

Artist: Diana Antohe
Title: Nadia
Media: Stone lithograph of Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci,
print 2 in edition of 10
11 x 14.875 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Special thanks to the artist for donating 100% of the proceeds from this work to the VisArts Annual Fund, CultureWorks COVID-19 Arts and Culture Relief Fund, and the Oakwood Arts + VisArts Creativity Kit Initiative.


Bidding closes at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 13. 

About the Artist

Born in Galati, Romania and raised in Texas, Diana Antohe‘s practice is centered in the reach towards the country of her original citizenship, and the familial relationships that have always defined her understanding of Romania. Through painting, drawing, and sewing, Antohe creates work with cues from the systems of value and care she has inherited from the examples of her parents and grandparents. Antohe received an MFA in Painting + Printmaking from VCU in 2019 and a BFA in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University in 2014, with additional studies at the Slade School of Art and Yale’s Auvillar Program. She has held residencies at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Can Serrat Center in El Bruc, Spain, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and Mildred’s Lane in Beach Lake, PA. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally including Page Bond Gallery, Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, and Camden Arts Centre.

“I am so grateful to have had a studio at VisArts and work alongside a lovely, supportive cohort of residents this past year. There are a lot of reasons I have enjoyed working within this vibrant community of staff and students, and one particular highlight is fulfilling a longtime daydream of learning to work on a floor loom. My residency at VisArts has enabled me to not only learn to weave from wonderful instructors (shout outs to Michelle Carter and unofficial TA Lauren Miner!) but to also apply these new skills with extended access to fiber equipment in my studio. It has been so meaningful to fulfill a relationship to textiles that existed in previous generations of my family, and I am excited to see how this method intersects with future making.” – Diana Antohe