Shared Benefits

Annual Bemis Auction Invites Public Support of Artists Helping Artists


The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts will host the Benefit Art Auction, Friday, October 28, 2016. The venue will once again unite local and national artists with a community of art enthusiasts and patrons in an effort to raise critical resources for the Bemis Center. 

Tickets for the Benefit Art Auction are now $100 through October 27. They may be purchased the day of the event for $125, pending availability. Ticket price provides access to the Benefit, which includes live/silent auctions, food, drink, and entertainment. Bemis Center members also receive invitations to the Members Preview on October 14. 

“We are forever grateful to the artists who have elected to participate in this year’s Benefit Art Auction and are eager to share their extraordinary work,” said Chris Cook, Executive Director for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. “Considering the Bemis is celebrating its 35th year of supporting artists and enriching Omaha’s cultural landscape, this year’s Benefit is especially important.” 

Two hundred artists (local, regional, national and international) practicing in all mediums are participating, presenting more than 260 works of art.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and closes at 8. 

The live auction will start at 8:15 p.m. and will end at around. Silent auction items may be purchased at the Buy It Now price at any time before Benefit night. Contact Development Associate Ellie Novak at 402.341.7130 or ellie@bemiscenter.org for more information.   

Bemis Center members will have the first opportunity to preview live and silent auction artwork in person, with the option to purchase prior to the event, at the Members Preview with Exhibiting Artists on October 14. 

The exhibition will open to the public on October 15 for the Benefit Preview + Open House / Open Studios event from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. viewers will hear current artists-in-residence talk about their artistic practices, take advantage of the chance to visit their studios, experience live performance, participate in a hands-on art activity, and preview art selected for our annual Benefit Art Auction. This event is free and open to the public. 

The Benefit Art Auction Exhibition will then continue until, October 28, during public hours, Wednesday–Saturday, 11:00–5:00 p.m. For more details, go to Bemiscenter.org.


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