The NCMA just had their first fund raising auction to help support their community outreach programs. North Carolina artists were invited to submit works for consideration to be included in the silent auction. This is the first time I've ever donated an original piece of art to any organization (there's a good reason but I won't go into that now) but this seemed like a great opportunity and it was.
The craziest part about it was that you had to be selected to give a painting away. Luckily this piece along with many other works by NC artists were selected. There were over 350 submissions and only 125 selections (or something close to that number. The preview exhibition was displayed in the museum for two or three weeks leading up to the auction.