The show will go on! Artopia, Tallahassee’s largest charity art auction, will be ONLINE this year. This must-attend fundraising event benefits the Big Bend Cares’ Client Services Department.

Join us on Saturday, June 27th on our Facebook page and Auction Site to bid on amazing artwork by some of the best local and regional artists. Covid-19 may have put the damper on the yearly in-person Artopia event, but it will not stop the show! Check out our auction site to view all of the terrific local art, and then pre-bid ahead of the live online auction or join us live on June 27th to bid live real-time in the live auction webcast via Facebook.

Online Auction Details

To Bid: Visit our auction site from your phone or computer and register. On June 27th at 6:00 pm the real-time live auction begins! Be sure to have your phone or computer handy just in case someone outbids you. It is recommended you log in at least 10 minutes before the auction begins.

Pre-bidding/absentee bidding: If you are not able to join us on June 27th, or aren’t tech-savvy, log into our auction site before June 27th, register, and place an absentee bid. Here you enter your maximum bid, and the online system will automatically bid for you. For example, If you are willing to spend $1,000 on a piece, enter that as your bid. The system will start at the minimum bid amount and only increase by the minimum amount when you are outbid. It will not exceed your maximum of $1,000. 

Join our Facebook Live: On June 27th, beginning at 5:45 visit our Facebook page to watch our live stream of the event. Host Chrissy Souders will be joined by artists and board members as we watch the bids go up in real time!

Art Donations

Big Bend Cares accepts artwork year-round. To ensure eligibility for this year’s auction, your artwork and information must be submitted to Big Bend Cares by June 1, 2020. You can donate up to three pieces of artwork and will receive a complementary VIP ticket to Artopia 2021 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 32301.

Sponsorship Opportunities

By becoming a sponsor 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 Sponsorships, contact Caitlin Steiner at csteiner@bigbendcares.org or 850-656-2437 x224 or 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. 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.

In 2020 Artopia will not be a juried event.

In 2020, there will not be a People’s Choice Award.

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.

Yes. You get one free VIP ticket to Artopia 2021 for each art piece (up to three pieces).

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