Art Kala 2020 Auction Benefit

As we all work together to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have had to adapt and make changes to all of Kala’s programs. Currently, we are working to re-imagine the culmination of Kala’s auction benefit. Those of you who have tickets for April 4th, please be patient as we figure out next steps.  The auction end-date will be on June 27, 2020.

You can participate in the auction both online and throughout the auction exhibition. When the stay at home orders change, the gallery will be open by appointment. Staff will be available to help visitors with bidder numbers and bidding throughout the exhibition. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns. You can view artwork on Artsy and place your bid by emailing us.

To arrange a time to view the auction exhibition, contact Mayumi Hamanaka, or Ellen Lake,, 510-520-6438

To place a proxy bid on auction artwork, contact Ellen Lake,

To directly support Kala through membership, donations, or sponsorships, contact Ellen Lake,

Kala Art Institute and Honorary Auction Chairs Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman invite you to join us for Art Kala 2020, an exhibition, auction and gala benefit to support Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs.

Celebrating Kala’s 46th year, this special event brings together Kala’s creative community and features the inventive and meaningful art being made in the Bay Area and beyond. A special exhibition in the Kala Gallery will culminate in a closing event on June 27, 2020. We are thrilled this year to honor Kota Ezawa and Jet Martinez & Kelly Ording as the 2020 recipients of Kala Master Artists Award.

This year we are offering a special limited edition print by Robert Minervini produced especially for the auction. Support Kala by purchasing a VIP ticket or joining or renewing your Patron Membership to receive one of just thirty prints available (first come, first serve. You can pick up your print at the gala.)

All proceeds from this event support educational and cultural programs that directly serve artists, children, and the community-at-large.

Preview artwork on Artsy.

March 12 – June 27, 2020

Preview Party:
Thursday, March 12, 6–9pm, Free Admission
Silent auction opens

Culminating Auction Event:
Saturday, June 27

Support Kala at one of these levels:
$100 in advance
$125 at the door
$150 VIP Ticket
$250 Patron Membership receives two auction tickets

Support Kala with Tickets:
On Eventbrite
By phone: (510) 841-7000 x204 (Ellen)  or x206 (Claire)
By mail or in person: Kala Gallery

Auction Sponsorship
We love our auction sponsors! Join this group of supporters at levels ranging from Neighbor ($500) to Visionary ($10,000). Find out more about sponsorship levels and benefits today.


Other Ways to Support the Auction
To donate directly to Kala, click here. To volunteer for the auction, email

Stay healthy and well and Thank you for supporting Kala!