At Clif Bar: Win Win 7, NIAD’s Annual Benefit Exhibition On March 2, 2019//

Everyone’s a winner at Win Win 7, NIAD Art Center’s annual benefit exhibition and party. And on Saturday, March 2 from 4-6 pm at Clif Bar & Company, 1451 66th Street in Emeryville, everyone with an admission ticket takes home a randomly chosen piece of art (created by one of our artists) and enjoys food,  booze, esoteric music and a free movie screening. Admission is $50.

(Scroll to the bottom of this page to purchase advance tickets (which we highly suggest you do) or click here)

What it is

NIAD Art Center artists have made an amazing batch of works (paintings, photographs, sculptures, fibers and drawings) in a standard 6 x 6” format. Curator Margaret Tedesco [2nd floor project ] has gone through our art and created a dynamic exhibition and silent auction. The purchase of an admission ticket guarantees one-person one randomly-chosen work of art (from the exhibition) as well as entrance to the party. All the money raised by the benefit goes to the NIAD Art Center general operating fund (which means we get to keep our doors open, the lights on and paint in everyone’s pots for another day).

Also included in the event is a live auction featuring works from neurotypical contemporary artists who support the Art Center.

How it works

Doors open at 4:00 pm. You and your friends arrive anytime after that.

On the main floor is a massive exhibition of amazing art from NIAD artist. This is the exhibition part organized by Margaret Tedesco [2nd floor projects ]. Look around for the piece you’ve just won (when you enter, you will be given a number that corresponds with a work) and say hello to other winners.

Then there is the party part: At Win Win, you can enjoy lively and esoteric tunes spun by artist and deejay Wayne Smith. Also on the main floor you can enjoy light refreshments (catered by Lexa Walsh and sponsored by Pam Martin) including local beer (from Ghost Town Brewing) and wines. In our lounge you can kick back and watch a special film screening of a new movie about the Art Center’s artists and meet some of the amazing artists featured in the film.

And let’s not forget the live auction. The Art Center has asked neurotypical contemporary artist (who also support NIAD’s mission) to donate work for a live sale. Yes, you can bid on it and take it home.

What it costs

For one admission to the party (which includes a 6 x 6” randomly-chosen piece of NIAD Art Center art), tickets are $50 each. This also entitles you to bid in the live and silent auctions at the event as well as food and drink.

How it supports NIAD

NIAD Art Center Art has crafted a supportive and successful studio program for artists with disabilities, enabling them to use the conversations of the contemporary art world to create works that reveal the narratives of their lives. We’ve been able to do it for more than three decades. And we’ve been able to do it because of the support we garner from the community at events like this.

Our Artworld Sponsors

Support from the contemporary art community means a lot to us and we want to thank James Aarons, Michael Abrams, Amy Adams/ Adams And Ollman, Patricia Augsburger, Anne Beck, Kathy Borgogno, Tim Buckwalter, Sam Carr-Prindle, John Casey, Tzili Charney, Jim Christensen, Rachel Cohen, Norma Cole, Anne Collier and Matthew Higgs, Deb Dyer, Catherine Haley Epstein, Fenwick & West LLP, Gerasimos Floratos and Zhoe Granger, Foggy Notion, Charmaine Fornoff, Sarajo Frieden, Pam Glick, Dan Golden Inc., Amy Hargreaves, Caryl Horn, Colter Jacobsen, Kathleen King, Sahar Khoury, Sophie Larrimore, Left Field Gallery, Kerith McCoy Lisi, Scott MacLeod, Pam Martin, Dino Matt, Alicia McCarthy, Raymond McKenzie, Mary Mortimer, Museum of Northern California Art (monca), Carol Newborg, Fran Osborne, OUM & Co., Accountants and Business Advisors, Paulson Fontaine Press, Anthony Pinata, Maria Porges, Tiffany Schmierer, Ryan Schneider, David Schwartz/ We Are Lions, Katherine Sherwood, SHRINE NY, Dean Smith, Douglas Smith, Lisa Solomon, Jessica Snow, Curtis Turner, Ken Weathersby and Michele Alpern, Jay Wehnert@Intuitive Eye, Jim Winters, and Jay Youngdahl.    

Our Event Sponsor

Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® Bar energy bar, LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®; and CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion®. Focused on sports nutrition and snacks, the family and employee-owned company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and planet. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please visit, check out their Facebook page at and follow them on Twitter at:

Our Beer Sponsor

Ghost Town Brewing has been brewing officially since 2012; the company grew out of a tight group of a few friends who played music together in a garage. After outgrowing its garage operation, the group opened its first official brewery on Union Street in West Oakland. More information at

Tickets are available here.