Where is the Bemis Center located?
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is located at 724 South 12th Street in Omaha, Nebraska, on the northwest corner of 12th and Leavenworth just south of the heart of the Old Market.
Where is the Bemis Center’s Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility located?
The Bemis Center’s Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility is located at 723 South 12th Street directly across 12th Street from the Bemis Center main building.
How can I contact someone if I have a question that is not included here?
Our staff can be reached at 402.341.7130, Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
How does the auction benefit the Bemis Center?
The Benefit Art Auction highlights the forward-thinking, diverse, and at times provocative nature of contemporary art. By celebrating these values, the Benefit is an ideal opportunity for the public to support creativity in a tangible way. All proceeds are reinvested into the Bemis Center's artist-centric programs that advance the work of today's artists year-round.
How many artists are participating in the auction?
235 local, regional, and national artists practicing in all mediums are participating, presenting 300 works of art.
What are my ticketing options?
Admission to the Benefit Art Auction includes full access to silent and live auctions with hors d’oeuvres and open bar. For more information, please contact Development Assistant Tess Houser at 402.341.7130 x 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENEFIT ART AUCTION
Early admission: $65 per person (limit 4) may be purchased online only, September 20–September 27
Regular admission: $100 per person, September 28–October 26
At the door: $125 per person, October 27 (pending availability)
AFTER PARTY CONCERT
Regular admission: $27 per person, September 20–October 26
At the door: $32 per person (pending availability)
All prices include tax.
Will I receive an actual paper ticket?
No. At check-in at the Benefit Art Auction you will be given an event catalog with your assigned bid number printed on it. If you are also attending the After Party Concert you will receive a wristband for entrance. If you are attending the After Party Concert only, you will be placed on a guest list. When you arrive at the Okada Sculpture & Ceramics Facility, you (and your guests) will be admitted via the guest list.
What is the attire?
Your Bemis best! In the past it has been a mixed crowd from casual in denim to cocktail attire.
What time does each event start?
The doors for the Benefit Art Auction open at 5:30 p.m. and silent auction bidding will begin. The three galleries and presentation space will each serve as an auction section, closing sequentially at 7:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
The After Party Concert doors will open at 9:30 p.m. with Closeness scheduled for 10:00 p.m. and Cults at 11:00 p.m.
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 (including framing, if applicable).
Are there opportunities to see the works in person before the event?
YES! Dates and times for preview opportunities are listed below.
ARTIST AND MEMBER PREVIEW RECEPTION
Friday, October 13, 5:30–7:30 PM
Participating artists and Bemis members are invited to an exclusive preview of the Benefit Art Auction Exhibition. Join now at bemiscenter.org/membership and be the first to see the exhibition!
BENEFIT ART AUCTION EXHIBITION
October 14–27, Wednesday–Saturday, 11 AM–5 PM and until 9 PM on Thursday
View the exhibition during regular gallery hours. Free admission. “Buy It Now” and absentee bidding available.
OPEN HOUSE / OPEN STUDIOS
Saturday, October 21, 11 AM–4 PM
Hear current artists-in-residence and our Curator-in-Residence talk about their artistic and curatorial practices, take advantage of the rare chance to visit artist-in-residence studios, and participate in an all-ages hands-on art activity. Free admission. Benefit Art Auction “Buy It Now” and absentee bidding available.
Are there opportunities to purchase works before the event?
YES! Silent auction items may be purchased at the “Buy It Now” price at any time before the event starts. Contact Alex Priest at 402.341.7130 x 21 or email@example.com for more information.
What is "Buy It Now?"
The “Buy It Now” price is calculated as 150% of retail (including framing, if applicable). You have an opportunity to buy artworks at the “Buy It Now” price prior to the night of the Benefit Art Auction. Contact Alex Priest at 402.341.7130 x 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is absentee bidding?
If you are 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. For the live auction items, 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. There is a $10 administrative fee to register as an absentee bidder. Contact Alex Priest at 402.341.7130 x 21 or email@example.com for more information.
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 email sent to you. Transactions for winning bids will also be processed the night of the Benefit Art Auction. Arrangements for pick-up, delivery, or shipping of artwork may be made beginning Thursday, November 2, by contacting the Bemis Center.
How do I register for absentee bidding?
Contact Alex Priest at 402.341.7130 x 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information. There is a $10 administrative fee to register as an absentee bidder. You will be required to give your credit card information. All bids must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26.
City, State, ZIP
Your MAXIMUM Bid
1234 Winner Street
Omaha, NE 68111
Daytime phone: 402.333.3333, Evening phone: 402.444.4444
Andy Warhol Signed Ephemera
NO ABSENTEE BID IS VALID WITHOUT CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.