Works of Heart


Mark your calendar for Works of Heart 2018, scheduled for Saturday, February 10! 

Every February, art lovers gather for our Works of Heart valentine auction. The silver anniversary of Works of Heart on Saturday, February 4, 2017 was a record-breaking success! We raised almost $100,000 to help the kids served at the Memphis CAC! 

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The Memphis College of Art was filled with over 120 gallery-quality heart-themed pieces created by leading regional artists. Artists included long-time Works of Heart contributors like John McIntire, Tootsie Bell, John Robinette, and Maritza Davila—and newcomers like Jay Etkin, Emil Orth and Nikii Richey. Emcee Joe Birch from Action News 5 was there, too!


Most guests purchased general admission tickets, which included complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers. Some chose to purchase tickets to our VIP Big Heart Lounge. In fact, we sold out!  A ticket to the Big Heart Lounge provides access to the beautifully adorned, exclusive lounge, with full bar, on the main gallery floor. Big Heart Lounge guests enjoyed cocktails by renowned bartender David Parks and delicious hors d'oeuvres. They also received a personal work of art created by a Works of Art artist, a free Works of Heart tee, and other special gifts. Big Heart Lounge tickets were $200.

Preview Week. Every year, the art is on display at the main gallery at the Memphis College of Art during the day the week leading up to the event. "Heart Sitter" volunteers are on hand to provide information about artists and assist with bidder registration.


Photos & Social Media. Photos of the artwork and event are posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (#worksofheart).

Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers! Works of Heart is a success because of the generous support of our guests, our committed volunteers, and our supporters—not to mention the artists who graciously donate their time and creativity. Their work is absolutely superb. Our hardworking committee, under the leadership of Murray Riss and Sheryl Bowen, planned an outstanding event.


SunTrust Bank

Roadshow BMW/MINI

Another Roadside Attraction

Sheryl & Bob Bowen

Good Advertising

Memphis College of Art

Morris & Associates

Whitehorn Tankersley & Davis

ARS/Conway Services

Doole Family Charitable Foundation

Caesar's Entertainment

EM Printing

Garland Sullivan Company

Shawn Hayden, MD

Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals

River Oaks Investment

Todd Stricklin


Special Thanks:

Athens Paper

Bluff City Sports

Bill Butner

Custom Plaques

diane’s Art, Gift & Home

FedEx volunteers

Holliday Flowers and Events

Joe Birch

Memphis Laminating Company

Memphis Made Brewing

Memphis Pizza Cafe

Old City Millwork

Annette Outlan

Paragon volunteers

David Parks

Selavie Photography

Steller Cellar