How to Buy


Buying art is fun. We're here to make it easy, too, with answers to your most frequently asked questions. If you have more, please contact WPA.

Is the artwork sold on a "first come, first serve" basis?

Yes! All artwork will be available for purchase online when the Art Night 2023 virtual gallery opens at 6:30 PM sharp on Thursday, October 19th. The majority of the artworks are unique, so if you see something you like, we encourage you to make your purchase right away. In cases where multiples of a photograph or print are available, this will be noted on the artwork page. With each purchase, the inventory will reduce. The image will have a sold out sticker on it when the artwork or all multiples have sold.

I'm an Art Devil sponsor and have made an advance commitment to purchase artwork. How do I confirm my purchase? 

Art Devils—who sponsor at the $5,000 level and above—were given the opportunity to select artwork in advance of the sale's opening. If you are an Art Devil and have already made your selection, the artwork will appear on the virtual sale with a sold out sticker, and you will make payment arrangements directly with WPA. If you did not make your selection before the sale opens on October 19th, you must purchase your artwork online through the site when the sale opens.

If you are an Angel ($2,500) or Cherub ($500) sponsor, you have been given advance preview access to this year's artwork selection, but must make your purchase online through the virtual gallery when the sale opens on October 19th. You can pay through a Paypal account, or by using a credit card through the Paypal link on the purchase page. You do not have to use the same credit card you provided on your pledge form. For Cherubs and Angels, there is no other way to purchase art through this year's sale, it must be done through the site. 

For all sponsors, if your purchase total is less than your pledged amount, WPA will contact you to confirm a charge to the credit card number provided on your pledge form for the remaining amount to complete your pledge. 

If I place an item in my shopping cart, will it be held there for me while I continue to shop the sale? 

No! The item is not officially yours until you complete the purchase process. Someone can buy it out from under you if it is sitting in your cart. If you're worried about losing a piece, complete your transaction as soon as you put the item in your cart and then continue shopping. 

I have a question about a specific artwork, who can help me?

Please use the contact form to contact WPA staff directly with your question. We are happy to help!

If you're in attendance at the Art Night event, you can seek out a member of the Hickok Cole or WPA staff to help answer your question. The artist may also be in attendance, stationed near their work, for you to speak with directly.

When do I pick up my artwork purchase?

Artwork will be available for pickup at Hickok Cole (301 N Street NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002) on Friday, October 27th from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and Saturday, October 28th from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, and Sunday, October 29th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. If you're unable to pick up your artwork on those days, please contact Emily at [email protected] to schedule an alternate time. Alternatively, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) can arrange delivery for local buyers for an additional fee.

I am a non-local buyer. Can I have my artwork purchase delivered or shipped?

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) can arrange shipping for non-local buyers for an additional fee. If you wish to have your artwork shipped, please contact Emily at [email protected] to make arrangements. 

How can I become an Art Night sponsor next year? 

We would love to include you in our 2024 Heavenly Host! Please contact Laura Roth at [email protected] to learn more.