b'WELCOMEThe Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego was poised to launch Art Auction 2020 when the world was upended by the arrival of COVID-19. With public safety in mind, MCASD promptly closed its galleries and curtailed all gatherings, including this biennial exhibition and celebration. The artists, whose creativity and generosity undergirds the event, were steadfast as we adjusted our approach. The resultingonline program will deliver a virtual exhibition and curatorial perspectives to audiences near and wide. What remains consistent is the impressive range of artworks that demonstrate the adventurous spirit of MCASD. Many of the contributing artists, all invited by MCASD curators, have been featured in past Museum exhibitions and still others have works in the collection.The newly imagined Art Auction 2020 will translate the in-person camaraderie of past auctions into spirited online bidding that will build personal collections of art while also raising essential funds for the Museums core mission. The Art Auction is the Museums single largest fundraiser and all proceeds directly underwrite MCASDs exhibitions and acquisitions.By donating their creations for the benefit of the Museum, artists play an intrinsic role in the Auction. You complete the circle. Especially now, as modes of support are strained by the economic fallout of the pandemic, your bids are essential for our success. Please join us as we continue to provide an event that celebrates the exhilarating intersection of collecting and patronage. We encourage you to find inspiration, your art, from the comfort of home with the guidance of MCASD. Kathryn KanjoThe David C. Copley Director and CEO'