Works of Heart

heart shaped painting of a dog on a bed31st annual Works of Heart Auction Raised $93,000

Our 31st annual Works of Heart online art auction and party was a success! We raised over $93,000 for the kids served by the Memphis CAC. Art lovers from around the globe viewed 103 pieces of original art created by our talented artists. Over 400 guests attended the auction closing party held for the first time at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Executive Director Virginia Stallworth said, “Our 31st annual Works of Heart was a year of wonderful firsts. It was our first hybrid event with online bidding, in-person viewing, and a fun closing party. Bidding was fast-paced and exciting, resulting in our highest total from art sales alone.”

The heart-themed pieces included sculpture, paintings, mosaics, and jewelry. Many long-time Works of Heart artists, such as Valerie Berlin, Dale and Brin Baucum, Suzy Hendrix, and Dolph Smith, participated again this year. They were joined by first-time contributors including Melanie Beaver, Deb Ferber, John Pruett, Kristen Rambo, and Savannah Smith.

WMC-TV Anchor Joe Birch emceed the festive auction closing party. Party-goers noshed on appetizers by Fantastic Catering and sipped wine and Ghost River Brewery beer.

3 people dancing with a fiddle playerBig Heart Lounge

Our exclusive Big Heart Lounge featured posh seating, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and a full bar. Guests enjoyed cocktails served in special Works of Heart glasses, while they listened to music by 3 Degrees.

bright yellow heart with figuresSocial Media

You can see pictures of the art and artists on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Checking on the Arts

Works of Heart was featured on Checking on the Arts on WKNO-FM 91.1 February 3 and February 7. Listen to host Darel Snodgrass talk about the art and artists with Works of Heart co-chair and artist Tom Clifton, and CAC Development Manager Su Hartline.

David Simmons with heartArtists. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Works of Heart artist, please review our submission guidelines. Our Works of Heart artists are some of the Memphis CAC's most important donors.


You can help a hurting child find hope and healing by becoming a Works of Heart sponsor for 2024. Contact Tiffany at or 901.888.4383 for sponsorship information.

Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers! 

Works of Heart is a success because of our guests, our committed volunteers, and our generous sponsors—not to mention the artists who graciously donate their time and creativity. Contact Tiffany at or 901.888.4383 for sponsorship and volunteer information.


Jerry & Nina Patton Family Foundation

Stern Cardiovascular

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust

Sheryl O. Bowen

Good Advertising

Adams Keegan

Ghost River Brewery and Taproom

Shawn Hayden & Connor Parris

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

The Prentiss Foundation


Sharon Younger


Special thanks to 

Joe Birch, WMC-TV5

EM Printing

Evolve Bank and Trust

Fascinating Catering

Mahaffey Event & Tent Rentals

Memphis Sound Lab

Old City Millwork

David Parks

The Works of Heart Committee


Works of Heart Committee

Tom Clifton, Co-Chair

Lori M. Patton, Co-Chair

Rick Bartl

Sheryl O. Bowen

Laura Alexander-Dodds

Burton Bridges

Ellen Isaacman Cox

Maritza Davila

Sushma Konappa

Diane Laurenzi

Shawn Mathews

Kaci Murley

Laura Nathan

Sandra Randolph

Nikii Richey

Murray Riss

Mary Selvidge

Eldra White