Posted on 05/10/2008
There can be no more powerful testament behind our mission than that staggering number - 82. That's the count of deliveries received, uncrated and hung from former artists-in-residence who remembered the Bemis Center with contributions to the 10th Annual Art Auction.
When careers are nurtured, matured or reinvented in our Second Floor studios, it's no surprise to us that the results are - besides the making of great art - the beginning of rewarding relationships that often last a lifetime.
The 10th Annual Art Auction is the single largest contributor to our sustaining fund that allows us to continue that effort - one that has benefitted the lives of 700 artists over the 27-year history of the Bemis Center.
Work representing a quarter-century of former residents may be found throughout our exhibition spaces during auction season. And for the first time, we are dedicating an entire gallery to recent works by former artists-in-residence. The AIR Gallery perhaps best represents the ideals of who we are and what we do.
Auction proceeds will ensure that the Bemis Center remains a global destination for new generations of artists for years to come.
With a total of nearly 250 artists and works in all price ranges from the very best regional, national and international names, the 10th Annual art Auction is more than just the most anticipated art event of the season. It's your opportunity to join us in sustaining a mission that is more important now than ever in pursuing the simplest and yet most ambitious of ideas - support exceptional talent.