We are excited to announce that Artopia, Tallahassee’s largest charity art auction, is returning for its 23rd year to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on
Saturday, June 26th @ 6:30pm! This year’s event will be an incredible VIP-only experience with limited tickets available and will feature a wide variety of art created by our region’s most accomplished artists.

Please know that the safety of our artists, sponsors and guests is our TOP priority, and that Big Bend Cares and the Civic Center staff will be following strict COVID-19 safety guidelines to make Artopia a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

To ensure the safety of our guests, there are a limited number of tickets available and will be reserved on a first come-first serve basis.

*All ticket sales are final and must be pre-paid to ensure that Big Bend Cares and Civic Center Staff can adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines*

Tickets are $25 each, and must be purchased in quantities of 2 or 4 for assigned seating purposes.

To purchase a ticket, please click below to fill out the reservation form and a Big Bend Cares staff member will contact you ASAP regarding payment.

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!

We value your support and would be honored to have you participate in Artopia this year – as a Sponsor or an Art Donor.

For Art Donations: We are currently accepting artwork of all mediums including: Jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics and more. The deadline to submit art is Friday, June 11th. You can fill out the online art registration form at www.bigbendcares.org/artopia and then mail or drop off your art at the Big Bend Cares office located at 2201 S Monroe Street, 32301 between 8am and 5pm, Monday – Friday.

For Sponsorships:   There are several Sponsorship opportunities available that can meet the goals of your business or organization. Each Sponsorship level includes VIP entry tickets to the event, premier reserved seating, beverage tickets and other benefits. Please email Matt King at mking@bigbendcares.org for additional information on Artopia Sponsorships.

Thank you in advance for your support of Artopia 2021!

If you have questions about Artopia 2021, please contact Matt King at mking@bigbendcares.org.

2020 Artwork Submissions
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 VIP Artopia ticket.

Yes! Artopia 2021 will be a juried event, with cash prizes!

At Artopia 2021, 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.

Yes. Each artist/donor will receive ONE free VIP ticket to Artopia 2021.

If you have any questions, you can contact our Community Volunteer & Events Coordinator, Matt King, at (850) 656-2437 or email at mking@bigbendcares.org