Friends with Benefits is an online group exhibition wherein gallery artists were asked to invite a guest artist to participate. Each artist selected three works priced no more than $1,000 with 15% of total sales donated to the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Utilizing a broad range of developed creative approaches, the cross-pollination of social media, accessible price points, and adapting available online platforms, we hope to continue to help sustain artistic practices, creative industries, and organizations providing aid to those most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also hope to see a more democratic art world emerge from this crisis.
The 36 participating artists presenting 108 works in total are Eleanna Anagnos, Marisa Baumgartner, Hannah Beerman, Fatemeh Burnes, Amanda Church, Jennifer Coates, Gregory Coates, Ryan Crotty, Ryan DaWalt, Robert Otto Epstein, Jay Gaskill, William Graef, Theresa Hackett, Jenny Hankwitz, Paula Heisen, Kyle Hittmeier, Bryn Jayes, Mary Jones, Jill Levine, Aline Mare, Daina Mattis, Ali Miller, Mary-Ann Monforton, Bobbie Oliver, Habby Osk, JD Raenbeau, Ernesto Renda, Taro Suzuki, Craig Taylor, Colin Thomson, Fred Valentine, Olivia Valentine, Hanna von Goeler, Lindsay Walt, Michelle Weinberg, and Robert Weiss. Please feel free to contact with any questions or inquire about additional works available.