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Artopia 2022 Cover Art: "Call Me Frida" by Elizabeth George

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 25th 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.

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!

Thank you to our Sponsors, attendees, and artists for their generosity and making this year’s Artopia one of the best ever! See some of the photos from our evening of fun, and be sure to check our Facebook for the full photo gallery. See you next year!

Congratulations to our selections for the Live Auction, and congratulations to our Best in Show selections. 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. Come and bid on these pieces and many more on the 25th!

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 15th, 2022. You can donate up to three pieces of artwork, and for each submitted piece, you will receive a complementary General Admission ticket to Artopia, max. 3. 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 32301.

Ticket Information

Pre-registration for Artopia has closed for the year. But don’t worry, admission to Artopia is free this year! No reservations required for attendance. All you need to do is fill out a check-in form when you get to the box office lobby of the Civic Center to get your bid book. Each person who wants a bid book will need to fill out a separate form.

Please note: ticket reservations only guarantee admission, not reserved seating.

If you would like reserved seating, you can purchase a table of 6 seats for $750. Contact Serene Smallwood at to purchase.

Additionally, all of our sponsorship tiers include reserved seating. See the next section for details.

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 or 850-656-2437 ext. 224.

2022 Original Artwork Submissions
2022 Sponsors
Presenting Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Logo Web
Clear Health Alliance Logo Web
Tallahassee Nurseries for Web
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Silver Sponsors
Agility Networks for Web
Amerihealth Caritas Florida Logo Web
Boyette Zettle Logo Web
Common Ground Books Logo Web
Dan Taylor Tony Archer Logo Web
David Poole Doug Moore Logo Web
Florida Blue Logo Web
MattMcGuire and Sothebys Logo Web
Paul Consulting Group Logo Web
Bronze Sponsors
Caitlin Yancey Moore Logo Web
HUB Logo Web
Canopy Pediatrics Logo Web
Jannsen Logo Web
Jon Appelbaum Bill Morowski Logo Web
LabCorp Logo Web 1
Medical AR Revenue Solutions Logo Web
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PhRMA Logo Web
RNA Consulting Group Logo Web
Superior Painting Logo Web
DSR Consulting Web
In-Kind Sponsors
Bob OLary Photography Logo Web
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Omnia Auctions Logo Web
Tallahassee2Way Logo Web
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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 complimentary General Admission Artopia ticket for each piece donated, up to three.

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 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.

Yes, see the above section “Ticketing Information”.

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

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