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Artopia is Tallahassee’s largest charity art auction!

This must-attend fundraising event benefits the Big Bend Cares’ Client Services Department.

Join us on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center to bid on amazing artwork by some of the best local and regional artists. Artopia boasts over 400 pieces of art in the silent auction and 10-15 best-in-show pieces in the rousing live auction! The best part is you don’t need to be an art critic to enjoy this lively event. As a matter of fact, there’s just about something for everyone—beautiful art at a reasonable price—in just about every form you can think of.

Artopia is made possible because of the generous donations from artists and community members like YOU. All proceeds from the event stay in the Big Bend and provide prescriptions, food, COVID-19 vaccines, and other medical care to those in need – at no cost to them!

See the fun and fierce competition of the Artopia 2024 auction, captured by our talented photographers Winnie Miles and Bob O’Lary! Be sure to check out our Facebook album for all the photos from that evening.

Check out the pieces that were selected for the Live Auction, including our Artopia 2024 Best In Show winners, “Afternoon in Paris” by Deon Lewis (1st Place), “Visage” by Mark Georgiades (2nd Place), and “Endurance” by Leslie Anderson (3rd Place).

Want to Donate Art?

Art submissions for Artopia 2024 have officially closed. Big Bend Cares accepts artwork year-round, so please check back after the auction if you would like to donate for Artopia 2025, as we will have a new form up for next year’s auction then. If you donated art for Artopia 2024, please check your email for information about pre-registering guests to your complimentary tickets!

Ticket Information

Online ticket sales have closed, but you can still buy tickets at the door.

You will just need to fill out a check-in form when you arrive with your contact information.

General Admission Artopia tickets are $25 this year, and include food and non-alcoholic beverages.

General Admission to Artopia does not guarantee seating. If you want a reserved table for you and your guests, they are available as a part of our Sponsorships Packages linked in the “Want to Sponsor the Event?” section.

Want to Volunteer?

Artopia needs many hands to run successfully, so if you would like to give back to your community with your time, consider volunteering as an individual or group for the event! And we offer double hours! We have shifts from transporting art at 8am to helping with cleanup after.

Click on the button to fill out the Artopia 2024 Volunteer Signup, which will have details about shifts and orientation. If you have any questions about volunteering, contact Serene Smallwood at ssmallwood@bigbencares.org or at (850) 656-2437 ext. 224.

Want to Sponsor the Event?

By becoming a partner of Artopia, you can make a significant contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and play a central role in the success of one of the most anticipated and respected art events in Tallahassee. To see our current Sponsorship options, click the “Sponsor Packet” button below, and if you would like to become a sponsor you can download the fillable PDF and send to Serene Smallwood at ssmallwood@bigbendcares.org.

2024 Original Artwork Submissions
2024 Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
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Boyette Zettle Logo Web
Centennial Bank Logo Web
David Poole Doug Moore Logo Web
FAMU Career Center Logo Web
Florida Blue Logo Web
Gilead
Infinity Home Solutions Logo Web
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RNA Consulting Group Logo Web
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Logo Web
Silver Sponsors
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Bronze Sponsors
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Allison Tant Logo Web
Caitlin Yancey Moore Logo Web
Campus USA Credit Union Logo Web
Dan Taylor Tony Archer Logo Web
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In-Kind Sponsors
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Omnia Auctions Logo Web
Tallahassee Nurseries for Web
Cumulus All Stations Logo Web
Frequently Asked Questions

Because this is a fundraising event for Big Bend Cares, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of all donated art go to Big Bend Cares. Most artists donate their artwork because it makes them feel good to give back to the community and it brings added exposure to their work.

Big Bend Cares accepts all forms of artwork and media. Past Artopia events have featured oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pottery, photography, sculpture, glasswork, pen and ink, jewelry, woodwork, and mixed media – just to name a few!

Up to three (3) pieces per artist/donor are permitted. Each donor will receive one (1) General Admission ticket to Artopia, up to three (3), for each piece submitted.

Yes! Artopia is a juried event, with cash prizes!

At Artopia, when you find your favorite art piece, you will write its number on a ballot provided to you in the event program, and place in the People’s Choice Award ballot box. The winner will be announced at the event and will win a custom trophy!

By providing the usual retail selling price (fair market value) of each piece, the buyer may claim the amount paid in excess of the fair market value as a tax deduction. If no value is assigned prior to bidding, the buyer will not know how much of their donation counts as a tax-deductible contribution.

Please see your tax advisor or visit irs.gov for details.

People bid higher when they know something about you and your work. Your art will be better appreciated if you provide a simple description of what you made, why you made it, and what it represents. Keeping your artist biographical information to three or four major accomplishments allows the bidder to remember highlights of your career while viewing your artwork online.

Collected art will remain in locked offices at Big Bend Cares.

Artopia 2024 tickets cost $25 this year, and the form for purchase is now live under the Ticket Information section. We recommend getting your ticket ahead of time to expedite check-in, but walk-up purchase will also be available.

If you have any questions, you can contact our Community Volunteer & Events Coordinator, Serene Smallwood, at (850) 656-2437 ext. 224 or email at ssmallwood@bigbendcares.org

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