11th Annual Art Auction One of Most Successful Bemis Center Fundraisers
Posted on 07/30/2009
An energized crowd of nearly 600 packed the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts' 11th Annual Art Auction in support of the Bemis Center's international Artist-In-Residence Program. Close to 250 international, national and local artists contributed 374 artworks for this year's auction. This year's fundraiser grossed over $410,000 throughout the six-week auction exhibition and event, making it the most successful art auction to date.
Highlights from the LIVE auction included Claudia Cuesta's XY, Paul Renner's The Omaha Diner, Therman Statom's Quattro Melas, Roy De Forest's Dog Man and Indian, Mary Zicafoose's Ancient Text #12 and Deborah Masuoka's Bird Head.
This year's auction added a new Cashcade component, which offered patrons an opportunity to directly support the Bemis Center's residency program through sponsorships and fellowships. The Cashcade feature generated over $30,000 in direct support to resident artists.
The 11th Annual Art Auction would not have been possible without the generous donations from the over 250 artists, numerous foundations, businesses, individual patrons, members and our board of directors. Also thank you to the over 50 volunteers and Bemis Center staff members whose tireless efforts helped make this year's event such a success.
About the Artist-in-Residence program:
The artist-in-residence program's national and international reputation continues to grow with over 750 artists from 19 countries and throughout the United States applying annually. Each year 24 emerging and established artists are granted live/work studios and financial support through the Bemis Center's artist-in-residence program. The Bemis Center continues to foster dialogue about the creative process and the role of contemporary art within the community of Omaha by hosting open studios, monthly public presentations and podcasts with artists from around the world.
Auction Presenting Sponsors:
Karen and Robert Duncan, Betiana and Todd Simon, Annette and Paul Smith, Laura and Greg Schnackel, Schwab Healthcare Strategies, Carol Gendler | Marathon Realty
Allen Furniture, Aqua Systems, Beer and Loathing, Chris Machian / Minor White Studios, Dundee Dell, Gallery 72, Kiechel Fine Arts, Omaha Steaks, Proxibid, Quail Distributing, The Reader, Shark's Ink, Urban Storage, Upstream Brewing Company, Visions Framing, Warren Distribution
The Bemis Center's exhibition program is sponsored by:
Additional support provided by:
Clark Creative Group, Nebraska Arts Council