PRESS RELEASES   ·  October 15, 2015

San Diego’s Premier Photography Event Returns

MOPA presents its biennial fundraiser Photo Auction on October 14, 2015


SAN DIEGO – The Museum of Photographic Arts invites photography collectors to the return of Photo Auction on Oct. 14 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Guests have the opportunity to take home donated work from more than 60 well-known galleries and artists, including Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Flor Garduño, Hendrik Kerstens and Matthew Brandt.

“I think the selection of work in this year’s Photo Auction is the best to date,” MOPA Executive Director Deborah Klochko said. “Everyone is sure to find that special piece they can’t live without.”

Photo Auction will include silent and live auctions with a cocktail reception and an extensive sampling of food from local caterers. Andrea Fiuczynski, auctioneer and chairman of Sotheby’s West Coast, will preside over the auction for the third time. Money raised at Photo Auction directly supports MOPA’s educational and community programs that serve kids, teens and seniors to better understand photography.

The photographs and publications available in Photo Auction are on view to the public at the museum until Oct. 11. To encourage visitors to start thinking of collecting, everyone may participate in the game, “Create Your Collection.” When visitors pick their five favorite pieces in the gallery and share it with the hashtag #PhotoAuction, they will receive 10 percent off at the museum store.

Tickets range from $75 for MOPA Members and $85 for public to $250 – $500 VIP ticket packages. VIP tickets included an advanced copy of the auction catalog, hosted valet, complementary bar and food, plus an invitation to the VIP Preview on Oct. 8. Tickets, event details and auction items are available at Phone and absentee bidding will be available for those who are unable to attend.

6 p.m.
Cocktails and local bites
Silent auction opens for bidding
Live auction on view

7:30 p.m.
Live auction and fund-a-cause paddle raise
Auctioneer: Andrea Fiuczynski
Chairman, Sotheby’s West Coast

8:30 – 9 p.m.
Closing of silent auction


Press Opportunities: To request high-resolution images, additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact MOPA Marketing & Communications Manager Raya Greenbaum at 619.238.7559 x203 or via email (

The Museum of Photographic Arts is a center for visual learning located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Its mission is to “inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.” As a 501(c)(3) organization, MOPA is generously supported by members, individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. Learn more at

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and retired military with ID, $6 for students, and free for MOPA Members, active military with ID and children 12 & under. Pay What You Wish admission days are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. San Diego City and County residents with ID are free the second Tuesday of every month.


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