Summer Gala & Private Auction

2015 Gala attendees on the Haystack deckHaystack’s Gala & Private Auction is our biggest fund-raiser of the year, providing essential support for our scholarship and community programs. Each year we are able to give over 125 of our students from around the world full scholarships and fellowships to attend workshops. The event includes a catered reception and dinner at our award-winning campus, followed by a private auction featuring an exciting combination of art and goods and services. The generous support of our sponsors, patrons, underwriters, supporters, donors, staff, trustees, and volunteers make the event an enjoyable summer fundraiser.

Haystack’s 2017 Gala & Private Auction will be held on Friday, July 14.

End-of-Session Auctions

End of Session Auctions feature the work of Haystack faculty and students.

End of Session Auctions feature the work of Haystack faculty and students.

At the close of each Summer Session, students and faculty are invited to donate a piece of their work toward the End of Session Auction. Both live and silent, these auctions are held on the final Thursday of each session (Friday for session 6) in Gateway Auditorium on campus. End of Session Auctions are lively, fun, and full of great work. Proceeds benefit Haystack’s scholarship fund and studio improvements. Generous donations from faculty and workshop participants, as well as an engaging staff and audience, which include sessions participants, Island residents, and summer visitors, all contribute to the enjoyment and success of our End of Session Auctions!

End of Session Auctions are free and open to the public.

A complete listing of end-of-session auction dates and times are listed in our Summer Evening Program Series brochure, which is available each spring, prior to the start of the summer season.

Online Auctions


Since our founding in 1950, Haystack has helped to shape the field of contemporary craft. Each summer we bring together leading makers in the field with dynamic visiting artists, writers, scientists and musicians. The results of those interactions have had tremendous impact on how we think about craft, making and the creative process.

Vintage Haystack T-Shirt

Vintage Haystack T-Shirt

For those that have attended our end-of-session summer auction’s you know how important they are for the school.

The winter auction is equally vital, and a wonderful way to show support for Haystack.

Featuring specially made works by artists who have taught at Haystack, the auction directly benefits the school, students, and the campus studios.

We are grateful to the extraordinary artists who made their work available for this auction.