PREVIEW ITEMS IN THE O WHAT A NIGHT! GALA SILENT AUCTION, presented by Neal Auction Company Bidding opens January 7, 2022!

O What a Night! Gala is Saturday, January 15 and the Silent Auction is officially on preview!
We are pleased to present 100+ works of art by regional artists in our O What a Night! Gala Silent Auction, supporting and celebrating the art of the American South. Support the O and the artists, who receive a portion of the proceeds, by bidding online starting January 7 through January 16 at 5 p.m.!

Dirk Guidry, Circulate #10, 2020, 24″ x 30″ x 1.5″, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the artist

Dirk Guidry, a Louisiana native, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2012. His studio is located downtown Lafayette at Basin Arts, where he is the co-creator and manager of the BARE Walls program, and currently serves on the Louisiana State Arts Council. Guidry’s work focuses on capturing emotion through a process of action and reaction. Aside from his well-known large scale abstract works, he utilizes his talents by also painting portraits, landscapes, live events, and murals. His works are on display in various locations throughout Louisiana and is held in private collections nationwide.

David Rae Morris, Willie and Pete Walking, 1982, 16″ x 20″, Silver gelatin print, Courtesy of the artist

David Rae Morris‘ featured works are from a series called Love, Daddy: Letters From My Father. This series was scheduled to be on display at Ogden Museum in the fall of 2005. Right as Morris finalized preparations for the exhibition, Hurricane Katrina struck Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The surviving silver gelatin prints created for Morris’ solo exhibition have been in storage for the last 16 years. Now three of them will be available for auction.

Bianca Walker, Concrete Rose, 2021, 5’3″x 7’3″, House paint, drop cloth, and found wood, Courtesy of the artist

Bianca Walker was one of the artists featured in the 2021 Louisiana Contemporary. They are a non-binary artist who grew up in the Bay Area, California. The neighborhood in which they lived was filled with vibrant street art until gentrification began to ravage the place they once called home, leaving colored walls bare. At the age of 17, they moved to Louisiana and attended Grambling University, a rural HBCU. Throughout undergrad, they participated in academic summits and community art events. Now developing an MFA thesis at the University of New Orleans, Walker uses these drips as an integral part of their visual language while incorporating archival imagery of the African Diaspora activating a history they can see being erased.

Sharon Kopriva, Breeze, 2019, 23″ x 28″ x 4″, Mixed media on canvas, Courtesy of the artist

Sharon Kopriva has worked in both two and three-dimensional media. Her visual journeys have taken her through investigations of Pre-Columbian cultures in Peru, a lengthy examination of her Catholic faith and finally to a convergence of formal religion with the encroaching light of the green forests in the Pacific Northwest where she has redefined and connected her personal spirituality forever with Nature. Her work has been featured in exhibitions across the United States and in the National Museum of Peru.

Dan Rule, Fun Fecundity, 2019, 19″ x 22″, Mixed media on paper, Courtesy of the artist

Dan Rule studied printmaking at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (BFA) and Northern Illinois (MFA). He works primarily in painting, video and animation, often focusing on topics that are scientific and philosophical in nature. Dan is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of New Orleans, where he runs the Digital Art, Video and Animation area.


Silent auction bidding, presented by Neal Auction Company opens January 7. To celebrate, please join us for the O What a Night! Gala Silent Auction Kickoff taking place January 7 at 6 p.m. 


O What a Night! Gala raises critical funds for Ogden Museum’s exhibitions and programming. Come support the arts and culture of the South on January 15 while also joining us in honoring this year’s recipient of the OPUS Award, Sally Mann. The gala will feature live music, food, entertainment, live and silent auctions, cocktails, dancing and more!

Reserve your tickets today!