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    Nationally Ranked Wine Auction Kicks off 18th Year

    ATLANTA, September 24, 2009 – The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction kicks off its 18th year, celebrating “The Allure of Wine: Uncork a Journey.” Beginning Thursday, March 25, and continuing through Saturday, March 27, 2010, the auction will again raise its trademark big-top tents in Atlantic Station. The Wine Auction is ranked as the number-four charity wine auction in the country, and is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum. Proceeds from the auction are a vital part of the Museum’s acquisition, exhibition and education plans.

    “I look forward to working with this year’s co-chairs, Michelle Edwards Crosland and Christine Ragland, and the entire auction committee as we uncork a journey of wine, food and art,” says Elizabeth Harris, Wine Auction Manager. “With special guests Alessia Antinori of Antinori wine estates and Jean-Guillaume Prats of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and incredible auction lots, we look forward to another successful year of supporting the High’s ambition of bringing great art and programming to Atlanta.”

    The 2010 auction will include a special change in events. The Benefactor Gala and Patron Party will combine for one special evening at the High the weekend before the auction, and includes a preview of “The Allure of the Automobile” on Saturday, March 20. Week-of festivities feature the Artist’s Dinner on Wednesday, March 24, and The Trade Tasting and the new Dine Around Dinners on Thursday, March 25. Events on Friday, March 26, include the new golf experience The Vintner’s Cup, Premier Tasting Seminars and the ever-popular in-home Winemaker Dinners. Saturday, March 27, features the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction. For more information about specific events, please visit www.atlanta-wineauction.org.

    High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction
    Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. The Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta, the fourth largest charity wine auction in the United States by “Wine Spectator” and the number-one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. The funds generated by the Wine Auction, which amount to more than $15 million over the last 17 years, are a significant contribution to the Museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions and educational programming. Proceeds help to make possible special exhibitions and partnerships such as the upcoming multi-year, multi-exhibition partnership between the High and The Museum of Modern Art, and it also provides funds for dynamic youth education programs that draw thousands of schoolchildren to the High each year.

    High Museum of Art The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.high.org.

    The Woodruff Arts Center
    The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.

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