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.
Artopia is Tallahassee’s largest charity art auction! This must-attend fundraising event benefits the Big Bend Cares’ Client Services Department.
Big Bend Cares is now accepting submissions for Artopia 2023 Cover Art!
Your artwork could be the focal point of all Artopia 2023 marketing.
Last year’s cover artist, photographer Elizabeth George, had her work seen all over town on flyers, business cards, invitations, and social media marketing materials.
If you are interested in being our 2023 cover artist, please submit a high-resolution photo of your work to Serene Smallwood at email@example.com no later than Friday, February 3rd, 2023.
If you have any questions, please contact Serene Smallwood, Community Volunteer & Events Coordinator, at (850) 656-2437 ext. 224 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE: Artopia 2023 will take place in person on Saturday, June 24th, at the Donald L Tucker Civic Center.
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 some of the photos from last year’s event, and be sure to check our Facebook for the full photo gallery.
2022’s selections for the Live Auction, and Best in Show. 1st place: “South Khaki-Lacky” by Tripp Farrell; 2nd place: “The Persistence of Saint Burundi” by Michael W. Brennan; 3rd place: “The World Is Not Monochromatic” by Pamala Doffek.
Want to Donate Art?
Big Bend Cares accepts artwork year-round. To ensure eligibility for cash prizes and inclusion in the Artopia catalog, your artwork and information must be submitted to Big Bend Cares by art jurying on June 14th, 2023. You can donate up to three pieces of artwork, and you will be pre-registered for the event. To submit your artwork, please complete our online submission form below. You can also download and print the PDF form below, if you prefer. Deliver or mail artwork to Big Bend Cares at 2201 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301.
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. We will work closely with you and your organization to tailor a sponsorship package that creatively meets your specific goals
If you would like to learn more about Artopia Partnerships, contact Serene Smallwood at email@example.com or 850-656-2437 ext. 224.
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 be pre-registered for the event with the information they provide on their submission form.
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.
Ticket information coming soon.
If you have any questions, you can contact our Community Volunteer & Events Coordinator, Serene Smallwood, at (850) 656-2437 ext. 224 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org