Redux celebrates 20 years with an annual auction

Redux Contemporary Art Center’s annual art auction returns November 19 to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. With a live auction featuring approximately 150 works of art from dozens of artists, music from DJ Moldybrain, delicious food and drink, the annual event promises an evening of fun and celebration in its own right. .

Due to the pandemic, the auction has moved to an online-only model for the past two years. Now, the annual auction is finally back in person with a “Kaleidoscope Cocktail” dress code and theme.

Auctions will be available in person and online this year. Available works include pieces by artists like Kate Hooray Osmond, Morgan Kinne, Brian Walters, Elise Moore, Jenifer Padilla, Rivo Kruuk, Adrienne Mixon and many more.

The live auction will feature highly coveted items including prints by legendary street artist Shepard Fairey, a photo shoot with Alice Keeney, a piece of high jewelry by Redux studio artists AL&EM, and “a few more surprises,” said Kate Ledbetter. , executive director of Redux.

Ledbetter joined the arts organization in August as its new executive director and said she was grateful for the warm welcome she received from the Redux community.

“The organization is so vibrant with fantastic programming and rotating exhibits…It’s been very exciting to dive into it,” Ledbetter said. “My husband and I have always been big fans of Redux, so it’s truly an honor to be immersed in this legendary community.

“I am also grateful to my predecessor, Cara Leepson, as she led the organization through the tumultuous times of the pandemic and provided stability for Redux. Cara and I served together on the board of Ohm Radio 96.3 FM for years and am grateful to have her as a friend and resource.

“Skull (Golden Smile)” reclaimed steel, bronze teeth by Brian Walters | Courtesy of Redux Contemporary Art Center

Artwork included in the auction will also be available for online auction through the digital auction platform. The goal, said Ledbetter, is to “create dynamic engagement between artists and supporters of contemporary visual arts through the hybrid platform of digital and in-person interaction.

“We got some really amazing art submissions,” she added. “The outpouring of support from our artist community is remarkable…We are pooling our collective talents and resources to create an epic experience for our guests.”

The local projection and kaleidoscopic light show by light artist Lazer Catcher will decorate the facade of the buildings, welcoming guests to Redux’s current home, the beloved “Big Bertha” building at 1056 King St.

“Our studio artists are rising to the occasion and we can’t wait to have the Cocktail Bandits,” Ledbetter said.

Other community businesses, artists and creatives are also joining in the fun, Ledbetter said. Patrons can admire the art hung in the hallways of Redux and in its three galleries while munching on delicious bites and sipping drinks.

DJ Moldybrain will be spinning tunes throughout the night, and the Unbound Ballet Project will “integrate dynamic movement performances into the evening,” Ledbetter said.

Redux was founded in 2002 by College of Charleston art graduates including Bob Snead, Seth Gadsden, Luke Vehorn, Krist Mills, Alyssa Millard, Bill Bolton and many more.

These young artists secured Redux’s original home at 136 St. Phillips St. and an institution was born. Redux has grown over the past 20 years and now resides at 1056 King St.. The space has grown from 16 artist studios to 40 and also features a darkroom and print shop that are available to rent for outside artists. Redux launched the Lightning Residency program this year: a six-week residency and exhibition opportunity for emerging artists.

The vision in 2022 is the same as it was 20 years ago: to serve artists and grow Charleston’s contemporary arts community.

Visit to purchase tickets for the annual Redux auction on November 19.

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