Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts


Where is the Bemis Center located?
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is located at 724 S 12th St. in Omaha, Nebraska, on the corner of 12th and Leavenworth just south of the Old Market area. Our staff can be reached at 402.341.7130, Wednesday-Saturday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

How does the Auction benefit the Bemis Center?
The auction is an ideal opportunity for the public to support creativity in a tangible way. Sales and donations are reinvested back into the Bemis Center, to support ongoing programs from the international artist-in-residence program to its public engagement programs.

What is new at this year’s event?
This year’s event will offer only one admission level, featuring both Silent and Live Auction events in the main galleries on the evening of Saturday, November 21st, from 6:00-9:00pm.

In service to new collectors, artists, and students, the Bemis Center offers admissions at 50% off the regular price from October 19th to 23rd.  Limit 4 admissions.

Silent Auction items can be purchased at the Buy It Now price during the exhibition, which is on view November 11 to November 21 and during the preview events.  All events are free to the public, except the Auction night.  The Bemis Center is closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays.

Preview Events
-BE FIRST Preview Night - Wednesday, November 11th 6-730pm
-BE TOGETHER Family Preview Night - Friday, November 13th 6-730pm
-BE HONORED Special Guests Preview Night - Wednesday, November 18th 6-730pm

New this year is the opportunity for collectors worldwide to bid on artworks via Paddle 8.

Advance bidding is available for select artworks from both the Silent and Live Auctions online at starting Nov 6th to Friday, November 20th.

For one night only Bemis will provide an opportunity to purchase a limited number of Tony Berlant prints entitled “Venus.”  The prints are limited edition and will be available for purchase at $100 each only on the evening of the Bemis Benefit. The prints are metal lithographs measuring 35” x 36 7/8” and feature an image of Marilyn Monroe dressed in a Bemis Bag Co. burlap seed bag. 

Artists who submitted their work via SlideRoom and live within a 100-mile radius of Bemis will be eligible to be selected for a 10-person group exhibit at the Bemis Center in 2016. We will make the announcement on November 23rd.

Tell me more about the Benefit fundraiser.
The Bemis Benefit Art Auction 2015 has been hailed as the most anticipated arts event of the year. Join more than 400 fellow collectors, art supporters, and artists to celebrate contemporary art and artists in the year's most festive contemporary art event.

What is the starting bid on the Silent Auction?
The starting bid for artwork featured in the Silent Auction is 60% of the retail price provided by the artist (and framing, if applicable).

What is "Buy It Now?"
The Buy It Now price is calculated as 150% of retail (and framing, if applicable). You have an opportunity to buy artworks at the Buy It Now price prior to the night of the Auction.

What are my ticketing options?
-Early admission: $50 per person for one week only!  October 19 to October 23, midnight to midnight.
-Regular admission:  $100 per person
-Admission at the door:  $125 per person

Admission includes entry to the benefit event, appetizers, beer, and wine.

Admission to the Bemis Benefit Art Auction 2015 is SOLD OUT.

Will I need an actual paper ticket?
No. At Check-in, you will be given an artwork catalog with your assigned bid number printed on it.

What is the attire?
Your Bemis best!  In the past it has been a mixed crowd of jeans and cocktail attire.

What time does the Auction start?
The Silent Auction begins at 5:45 pm and closes at 8:00 pm.  The Live Auction will start at 8:15pm and will end at around 9pm.  

How many artists are participating in the Auction?
More than 200 artists (local, regional, national and international) practicing in all mediums are participating, presenting more than 230 works of art.

What about absentee bidding?
For artwork not on Paddle 8, we offer absentee bidding for a minimal administrative fee of $10.  To register, call the Bemis Center at 402-341-7130 to be issued a bidder number.

Featured on Paddle 8 are select artworks from both the Silent and Live Auctions.  Advance bidding will begin online starting November 6th until November 20th.  The last bid on an artwork on November 20th will be used as the starting bid for the night of the art auction.  

How does absentee bidding work for the Silent and Live auction?
If you’re unable to attend, but would like to bid on Auction items, a Bemis Center representative will be available to make your bids for you. Our commitment to you is to bid conservatively on both Silent and Live auction items.  In the Live auction, we will also only bid in auctioneer-prescribed increments until you either win the piece or are eliminated by the first competing bid higher than your stated maximum.  

What if the bidding stops before my maximum bid?
If the bidding ends anywhere below your stated maximum bid, you win the artwork at the final bidding price.

What happens if the bidding goes over my maximum bid?
Your bidding ends once your stated maximum is surpassed by another bidder. If you truly desire a specific work of art, please consider bidding at a higher-than-anticipated price to win the piece.

When will I know if my bid was successful?
The outcome of your absentee bid will be communicated in an e-mail sent to you that same night after all bids have closed. Transactions for winning bids will also be processed that same night. Arrangements for pick-up, delivery or shipping of artwork may be made beginning Tuesday, November 24th, by contacting the Bemis Center.

How do I register for absentee bidding?
Call Aileen Tobin at 402.341.7130 x10 with the following information. You will be required to give your credit card information as well. All bids must be submitted before 5:00 pm on Friday, November 20th.

City, State, Zip
Artist Name
Artwork Title

    Bob Smith
    1234 Winner Street
    Omaha, NE 68111
    Daytime ph: 402.333.3333, Evening ph: 402.444.4444
    Andy Warhol Signed Ephemera


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130