AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio), the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection recently announced a new partnership for the 2016 Art for Life event. The collaboration presents an opportunity for the organizations to join forces to help raise the profile of the event and the visibility of the artists that participate in this unique charity art auction. The 2016 event will feature new work from artists from Ohio and around the country amidst the backdrop of the new 50,000-square-foot modern art annex at the Columbus Museum of Art.

“We are lucky to have such incredible supporters in the central Ohio arts community and in arts organizations like the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection. We look forward to showcasing our contributing artists in the incredible new space at the Museum and welcome bringing Art for Life back to such a wonderful location,” said Bill Hardy, President and CEO, ARC Ohio.

Art for Life is a biennial art auction, created in 1989, that has helped raise awareness and more than $2 million in funding for HIV/AIDS medical care, prevention, education, testing and advocacy services. Since its inception, it has become the most successful charity art auction fundraiser in Ohio, with the 2014 event raising more than $500,000. The event is not only a celebration of the arts community and ARC Ohio’s life-saving work, but also a celebration of life and the artists who enrich it.

“The Columbus Museum of Art is proud to be able to support the incredible work ARC Ohio does in Central Ohio and to be a venue for Art for Life, one of Central Ohio’s most impactful events,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “CMA strives to be a hub where ideas can be exchanged and different voices heard. One of the ways we’re able to accomplish that goal is by building relationships with diverse partners, like ARC Ohio and the Pizzuti Collection, who are also committed to supporting our creative community.”

“Art for Life is a signature event in Columbus and we are honored to collaborate with ARC Ohio and the Columbus Museum of Art to help shine a brighter light on the artists participating. Ron and Ann Pizzuti have spent over forty years supporting artists, collecting their work, and building an important collection. This collaboration underscores not only their lifetime commitment but also aligns with the Pizzuti Collection’s mission to foster cultural understanding and educational exchange through the important voices of artists,” said Rebecca Ibel, Director/Curator, Pizzuti Collection. The 2016 Art for Life event will take place September 24, 2016 at the newly opened Margaret M. Walter Wing of the Columbus Museum of Art.