2018 art auction & garage sale

USITT’s Conference in Ft. Lauderdale will feature a special section of Stage Expo that contains the ever-  popular tri-annual Silent Art Auction and Garage Sale


Where & when?

The Art Auction and Garage Sale will take place in a specially designed area near the newly created “Dark Zone” and Nexus exhibit on the Expo floor. In this year’s auction, you will find costume/lighting/scenic renderings by a variety of designers along with other artwork and specialty items that you may place bids on.  The Silent Auction bidding opens at 11 AM Thursday along with the Expo opening and will remain open throughout the week.  Final bids are taken at 1 PM Saturday ---just prior to the closing of Stage Expo.



As in years past, you may purchase a bid number at the auction site for a $5 donation to the Kook Fund.  This allows you to place bids on as many items as you would like in the Silent Auction as well as to purchase anything in the Garage Sale. Garage sale items are available for immediate sale and are taken upon completing a transaction.  The highest bids at our 1 pm Saturday closing will determine the winner for each item. Winners (or their rep.) must be present at the closing to both pay for and take possession of the item.  Auction items will be able to be paid for with cash, check or credit cards. USITT will not be responsible for packaging or shipping any of these items.  Your auction book/ticket and bidding number are used throughout the week.



Garage sale items will feature books, show posters, archaic lamps and other theatre memorabilia that can be purchased at any time by simply showing our attendants your auction book. You’ll want to hit the garage sale early and frequently throughout the week because items can be taken as soon as they are purchased. Additional items will be added throughout the week.


Just a few of the theatre artists represented in this year’s auction include Rebecca Cunningham, Dunsi Dai, John Scheffler, Joe Tilford, Carolyn Ross and others. Several especially interesting donations in this year’s auction include scenic and costume renderings from the estate of Herb Camburn (who’s renderings have always been very popular in past auctions), renderings from Tanya Moiseiwitsch and Jo Mielziner, a Cirque du Soleil poster along with show tickets, additional road/tour jackets (these were popular at the last auction), and theatre masks.


Finally, a couple of our showcase auction items this year come from Cirque du Soleil’s founder and creative guide, Guy Laliberté. The first being a set of tabletop sculptures of two drummers and the second, a painting by the famous Las Vegas artist, Dray.  All of which come from the Las Vegas home of Guy Laliberté.





Every three years the Grants and Fellowships Committee produces this event to help replenish the Kook Fund which provides funding for the grant awards that the Grants and Fellowship Committee make each year. To date, over $300,000 has been distributed to a variety of grant and fellowship recipients through this funding.


The awards have helped sponsor all manners of research and technological development within the entertainment industry. The 7-LED Seledor Lighting system developed by Rob Gerlach and Novella Smith that is a primary element of ETCs LED color systems is a primary example of research that was aided by the Grants and Fellowship Program.

It’s all in good fun.  Bring your money/credit cards to the conference and be part of the action that benefits this noble cause.  All it takes is a $5 donation to get a bid number and from there you can either make immediate purchases at the garage sale or go on to bid on those pieces that you think would make a great gift or handsome addition to your home or office. 

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