2022 Benefit Auction

Join 500 Capp Street for our inaugural


Benefit Auction Party
October 13, 6:30pm

Silent Auction Open
September 26 – October 14

We are excited to honor Mildred Howard during 500 Capp Street’s Inaugural Benefit Auction. 

A key figure in the Bay Area art scene, Berkeley-based artist Mildred Howard is known for her stunning large-scale sculptural installations, public artworks, assemblage sculptures, and mixed media works. 

Howard was a part of the Bay Area Conceptual art scene as an up-and-coming artist in the 70s and 80s. Howard and David Ireland share a common interest in the everyday and use light and time as tenants of their practice.

The two artists became long-lasting friends with an introduction through Ireland’s role as Howard’s graduate advisor. When visiting her graduate studio, Mildred states he would be put at ease as he had a deep respect for her practice, stating, “I can finally relax.” He remained encouraging of her work with advice such as “get rid of the clutter” or “paint it out.” The wisdom she learned from Ireland she still passes on to artists she mentors today. Howard credits Ireland as an inspiration for a selection of her works, including Skillet to the Flying Pan: Sitting Black (2007). Read more about Howard here.


Don’t miss your chance to participate in a lively evening with proceeds funding our exhibitions, programs, and educational workshops in the coming year. We can only continue to encourage artistic experimentation, support new modes of living, and build community with your support. 

VIP Hour featuring

Salimatu Amabebe

To David Ireland, dining was everything. Join Amabebe (they/he) – a Nigerian American Chef, multimedia artist, and founder and director of Black Feast – for a special VIP Hour culinary event at the intersection of food and art.

Special performances by

Newoncé Gazelle

Bateria Batuci

Culinary delights by

Miles Ake

Ryoji Kajikawa

Chef Coco

Drinks by

Fort Point Beer


Marioni Wine


Benefit Auction Party

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – VIP Hour

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Festivities & Live Auction

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM – After Party

With special guest chefs, artists, and DJs


$150 – Individual Ticket

$500 – VIP Ticket

Sponsorship Levels

$2,500 – Artist Steward 

$5,000 – Education Partner

$7,500 – Community Builder

$10,000 – Creator

Purchase your ticket at 500cappbenefit.givesmart.com

Sponsorship packages include unique opportunities of support tailored to your interest. Contact Julianna Heller at julianna@500cappstreet.org to learn more.  

Silent Auction

Open September 26 – October 14

Place your bids today by clicking the bid button at the top of this page.

Featuring Artwork and Experiences by

Saif Azzuz

Libby Black

Ajit Chauhan

Linda Connor

Rico Duenas

Ricki Dwyer


Matt Goldberg

Ann Hatch

Nathan Lynch

Tom Marioni

Daniel Melo Morales

Jim Melchert

Jennie Ottinger

Gay Outlaw

J. John Priola

Rachelle Reichert

Eric Ruby

Amy Trachtenberg

Andy Vogt

Robert Wilhite

Michael Zheng

Minoosh Zomorodinia

Event Co-Chairs

PJ Gubatina Policarpio

David Wilson

Host Committee*

Drew Bennett 

Phoebe Brookbank

Rebecca Camacho

Myles Danielsen

Joanne Easton

Amber Goldstein

Elena Gross

Hilary Hogan

Sophia Kinell

Viet Le

Amelia Manderscheid

Micki Meng

Azzurra Alliata di Montereale

Julie Norris

Laura Pacchini

Lauren Ryan

Ana Saygi

Sarah Wendell Sherrill

Kelsey Shell

Claudia Altman Siegel

Jessica Silverman

Adam Swig

Artist Stewards

 Shawn Byers

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