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An opportunity not to be passed by, ONE WILD NIGHT will feature a unique silent auction featuring four Adonna Khare original signed works carved from the wall surrounding “Elephants” — the iconic Public Vote Grand Prize winner at ArtPrize 2012.

While throngs of ArtPrize visitors to the Grand Rapids Art Museum closely observed her unique technique, Khare continued to embellish and adorn the drywall surrounding her ArtPrize entry throughout the nineteen day event. For many days, Khare remained perched on a ladder with her signature carbon pencils, eraser and sock, augmenting the stunning 40-foot-long masterwork with whimsical yet haunting illustrations of trees, lemmings, cranes, goats and balloon animals.

Immediately following her unforgettable 2012 public vote victory, eight original black and white pencil drawings — ranging in size from as small as a breadbox to as large as a dinner table — were painstakingly cut and rescued from the wall, then expertly framed in sturdy wrought iron, ready for display. 

For the very first time, ArtPrize has made four of these remarkable pieces available exclusively for silent auction — one night only, at ONE WILD NIGHT!


Bidding will open to guests electronically starting one week prior to ONE WILD NIGHT. Registered guests will receive an email on Thursday, July 27th with a link to the bidding site. If you do not receive the email, please contact own@artprize.org to get your link!


"Stork" — 60" x 44-3/8" (with frame, not pictured)
Starting Bid: $3,000

"Birds" — 18-5/8" x 18-5/8" (with frame, not pictured)
Starting Bid: $2,000

"Diving" — 20-1/4" x 23-5/8" (with frame, not pictured)
Starting Bid: $2,000 

"Goat" — 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" (with frame, not pictured)
Starting Bid: $2,000 


In 2016, ArtPrize donated “Elephants” to the permanent collection of the prestigious Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. “Elephants” made its museum debut in the “Animal Meets Human” exhibition continuing throughOctober 31. The 16 works in the exhibition are all from the museum’s permanent collection and explore the ways contemporary artists address human issues by depicting an animal presence. As part of the exhibition there are several works on view for the first time at Crystal Bridges, including Khare’s massive 40-foot-long pencil drawing.


Adonna Khare is a Burbank, California-based Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been collected by prestigious public and private collections throughout the world. In 2012 she won ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition.

She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Juxtapoz Magazine, Mashable, My Modern Metropolis, Saatchi Gallery as well as thousands of blogs, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages. She has had group and solo shows throughout the country, including the Long Beach Art Museum, City of Carlsbad Art Gallery, Nassau County Art Museum, Yellowstone Art Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of America Art as well as numerous private collections throughout the world. She is a member of The Drawing Center of New York.