Painting of Freddie Mercury done by Kollet Probst

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 27 th at the Donald L Tucker Civic Center to bid on amazing artwork by some of the best local and regional artists. Artopia boasts over 300 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.

Check back in April to purchase tickets- you won’t want to miss this event!

Art Donations

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 June 12, 2020. You can donate up to three pieces of artwork and will receive a complementary VIP ticket to Artopia for each piece. To submit your artwork, please complete our online submission form. You can also download and print a PDF form, if you prefer. Deliver or mail artwork to Big Bend Cares at 2201 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32201.

Partnership Opportunities

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 still have any questions or would like to learn more about Artopia Partnerships, contact Stephanie Schwartz at sschwartz@bigbendcares.org or 850-656-2437 ext. 109.

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. However, cash prizes are awarded for the top three Best-in-Show pieces. 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 are permitted. You will receive a complimentary VIP Artopia ticket for each artwork donation.

Yes, this event will be juried. Before the event, a group of art professionals gather at the Big Bend Cares office to judge and select the pieces for the live auction component of the evening. The art jury also selects the top three Best-in-Show pieces, in which cash prizes are awarded. All Best-in-Show pieces are sold during the live auction.

When you check in at Artopia, you will be given a ticket to use to vote for your favorite piece of artwork. When you find your favorite piece, write the art number on the back of the ticket and drop it in the People’s Choice Award ballot container. When the voting time ends, the tickets are counted and the People’s Choice Award is announced and an award presented to the artist for the piece garnering the most votes.

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 reading the Artopia catalog or bid sheet next to the art piece. It also helps the auctioneer in the live auction (if your work is chosen as a live-auction piece) to describe your accomplishments.

Collected art will remain in locked offices at Big Bend Cares until the time of transfer to Donald L Tucker Civic Center.

Yes. You get one free ticket for each art piece (up to three pieces); tickets will be provided when art is delivered to our offices.

If you still have any questions, please call Big Bend Cares at 850-656-AIDS (2437), or email csteiner@bigbendcares.org.