November 20 – December 22, 2020

Honorary Curator Cary Leibowitz

Welcome to Hard Pressed: The Print Center’s 2020 Benefit!

We are delighted to have renowned artist and collector Cary Leibowitz (aka Candy Ass) as Honorary Curator. Cary and The Print Center are joined by an extraordinarily generous group of artists, collectors and gallerists to bring you an amazing array of artworks and exciting experiences. Just a few of the exceptional artists’ works to be sold to benefit The Print Center are those by Mark Thomas Gibson, Robert Longo, Duane Michals, Andrea Modica, Keris Salmon, Anastasia Samoylova, Peter Saul, James Siena, Kiki Smith, Rafael Soldi, Doug + Mike Starn, Carmen Winant, Garry Winogrand and Lisa Yuskavage. The Benefit is our most important annual fundraiser – and this year your support means more than ever! Proceeds directly support The Print Center’s critically-acclaimed exhibitions, publications and educational programs. 

Hard Pressed will be completely virtual, including a celebratory Kickoff Party, an Art Auction on Artsy, and a Benefit Sale.

See the Benefit Invitation


Through Tuesday, December 22

A special selection of fabulous gift items and curated experiences plus our post-auction sale is available on our website!



Make a 100% tax deductible gift towards honoraria for artists - exhibiting, participating in public programs and to authors contributing texts on artists’ work.



Ended December 7, thank you for your bids! 

Unsold lots are available in the Benefit Sale

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Curious about a specific piece? Want to know more about how it is made or about the artist? Email a staff member will be in touch to arrange a phone call or zoom meeting.

Purchasing an artwork can be a big investment - The Print Center is pleased to offer payment options for auction purchases. Email for more details.

Watch our Curatorial Walkthroughs!


Cary Leibowitz is a renowned artist, print expert and collector. We are delighted to have him as Honorary Curator for Hard Pressed! In addition to defining this year’s theme, Leibowitz is creating a new print for us and has donated a work to the Auction.

See Cary's phenomenal house and collection in this video, or in the full article "An Eccentric Upstate Home That Some People Confuse for a Restaurant," from The New York Times.

Leibowitz, also known as “Candy Ass,” is an American artist whose work has shown at the ICA Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; The Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, Jewish Museum and MoMA PS1, all New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; as well as many international venues. His work—which includes prints, paintings, sculpture, and installation—is full of humor and pathos. He often uses everyday items as a vehicle for his works, and is dedicated to the idea of the multiple. In addition to his artistic practice, Leibowitz is Worldwide Co-Head of Editions at Phillips.

Read an interview with Leibowitz in Upstate Diary.


Bidding on Artsy closes at 5:00pm (ET) sharp on Monday, December 7, 2020. 

Benefit Sale closes on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. 



You can bid at Artsy, or on your iPhone using the free Artsy App available in the iOS App Store, in two ways: 

  1. Enter the current bid amount on Artsy. It is easy to follow your bids – you will receive email notifications and text messages if you are outbid.
  2. Enter the highest bid that are willing to make – Artsy will bid automatically for you. The amount bid will never be higher than the amount needed to win. 

Be sure to place your maximum bid early – bidding closes at 5pm sharp – you don’t want to lose your treasure to a last second bidder!

Bid Increments:

Below $1,000: $50
$1,000 - $1,999: $100
$2,000 - $4,999: $250
$5,000 - $9,999: $500
$10,000 - $19,999: $1,000

Winning bidders will be notified by email or text as soon as the Auction closes. 

Winning bidders will be contacted by The Print Center on Tuesday, December 8 to accept payment and making shipping or pickup arrangements. 

After the Auction closes – unsold lots will available at the minimum bid price, and remain available until December 22, 2020. These will be posted on December 10 on our Benefit Sale site.

All sales are final – no exchanges or refunds. All items are sold as is.

By completing a purchase, a buyer waives any claims for liability against either The Print Center or the donor of the property or service. Neither The Print Center nor the donor is responsible for any personal injury or damage to property that may result from the utilization of property or services sold.

All items involving services, tickets, events, etc., are subject to conditions stipulated by the donor. Taxes, gratuities and alcohol are not included with meal packages unless specified.

The Print Center membership discounts do not apply to Auction purchases.

Contributions to The Print Center are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Items that are left unclaimed for more than 90 days become the property of The Print Center.


Cary Leibowitz, Honorary Benefit Chair
Lee Alter
Barbara & Ted Aronson

Justyna Badach & Antoine Rotival
Richard Bost & Thomas Moore
Mary & James Brown
Julie Jensen Bryan & Robert Bryan
Joan Wadleigh Curran
Anthony Elms
Joslyn Ewart
Laura Boles Faw

Ofelia Garcia
Marnie & Peter Gelfman
Frances & Elliot Gerson
Nancy Klaus & Jeffrey Cooper
Guna & Robert Mundheim
Jeannie Pearce & Eric Gibson
Patricia Phillips
Norma & Larry Reichlin
Ellen & Ralph Rosen
Suzanne Ilene Schiller
Marsha & Stephen Silberstein
Keith & Jim Straw

Judith Tannenbaum
Eileen Tognini
Peggy Wachs



Boardroom Spirits


Genny Boccardo-Dubey & Frank Dubey


Bryn Mawr Trust


Common Press




Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP


Mercersburg Printing




Jaime Alvarez
Tiffany Barber
Princeton Cangé
Susan Coote
Molly Dougherty
Alida Fish
Kati Geggenheimer
Emily Gowen
David Graham
James Johnson
Peter F. Johnson
Preston Link
Sara McCorriston
Amanda Mott
Ellen Owens
Julie Randolph
Matthew Singer
Mark Vevle
Eva Wylie