Auction for the Arts
View the 2024 Auction for the Arts auction website and art catalog.
The Arts Council of Big Sky is pleased to host the 12th Annual Auction for the Arts event, to be held at the Grand Ballroom in the Montage in Big Sky on Thursday, February 22, 2024.
This annual event features a Fixed Price "Luck of the Draw" Art Sale, Quick Finish Live Auction, Juried Silent Auction, fabulous food and drink, live entertainment, and a Paddle Raise for Accessible Arts Education. Public and private art previews throughout Big Sky precede the LIVE event. Check out this list to see all the artists that have participated since 2013. Interested in applying? Check out our FAQs for artists.
This year's event is presented by Big Sky Real Estate Company, Lone Mountain Land Company and Montage Big Sky, with support from JP Morgan Chase, Blue Ribbon Builders, and Belle Cose Big Sky. If you would like to support this event, please contact Katie Alvin!
View last year's event catalog here.
Check back Friday, December 8th to purchase tickets!
12th Annual Auction for the Arts
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH
AUCTION FOR THE ARTS TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. MST for the 12th Annual Auction for the Arts.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH
LUCK OF THE DRAW - AUCTION FOR THE ARTS PREVIEW EXHIBITION
BASE ART GALLERY - 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
Please join the Arts Council of Big Sky’s soft-opening Luck of the Draw - Auction for the Arts Preview Exhibition at the BASE Art Gallery, Friday December 8th, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. during the Christmas Stroll.
JANUARY 22ND - FEBRUARY 22ND
SILENT AUCTION OPENS FOR VIEWING
(online and in person)
Find new artwork for your home and help out an important Big Sky organization. The Silent Auction catalog will be offered online, where you can register, log in, and start picking out your favorite pieces. Bidding will open the week before the main event and close just after the live program on February 22nd.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
SOUND & COLOR SOIRÉE
The Sound & Color Soiree provides an opportunity for the public to view and experience the art offered in the Auction for the Arts, while immersing themselves in music, artists at work, and conversation with event organizers and community members. Bidding will be open for silent auction items.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND
AUCTION FOR THE ARTS MAIN EVENT
MONTAGE BIG SKY
5 p.m. Event Starts - Quick Finish underway
7 p.m. Live Auction
8:30 p.m. Silent Auction Closes
Tickets will include:
Entry to the Auction
Food & Beverages (details TBD)
Quick Finish Live Auction
Fixed Price Luck-of-the-Draw Sale
JURIED SILENT AUCTION
Hand-picked artwork selected by our artwork selection committee from our Call for Art and by invitation is included in our silent auction at the Auction for the Arts. The silent auction catalog is offered online, starting January 22nd, so you can begin dreaming about your newest artwork addition(s)! Bidding for the silent auction begins one week before the main event and closes just after the live program on February 22nd.
If you cannot attend in person, the silent auction is a fun way to still participate and bid on artwork!
LUCK OF THE DRAW FIXED-PRICE ART SALE
The Luck of the Draw sale is a new addition to our fundraising gala that showcases artwork by elite artists at a fixed price. Committed bidders can submit an intent to purchase form to enter an auction-night drawing for the opportunity to buy artwork. Included with your ticket purchase for registered bidders are three drawing slips, which can be used to win different art pieces, or all three can be used on one. Additional drawing slips are available for purchase online and at the event.
December 4th, 2023 until just before the Auction for the Arts preview events the incredible Luck of the Draw artwork will be on display in the BASE Art Gallery at the BASE Community Center. While you are enjoy the art, stop by the Arts Council of Big Sky’s office!
QUICK FINISH LIVE AUCTION
Watch your next painting come to life as invited quick finish artists create paintings throughout the evening, which will be auctioned off in the live auction on the night of the Auction for the Arts.
PADDLE RAISE FOR ARTS EDUCATION
At the Arts Council of Big Sky, we believe that Arts Education improves lives and communities, and we strive to make our educational opportunities truly accessible for all. We have created the only Contribute-What-You-Can art class fee structure to accomplish this. This allows participants to find a class price that works for them financially, reducing the price to as low as 20% of the suggested cost!
When registering for art classes, if you can financially donate over the suggested class fee, this helps cover the cost of reduced class prices. About 40% of our participants took advantage of our Contribute-What-You-Can pricing!
To ensure we can provide reduced art class fees, during the live auction, you can donate during the Paddle Raise for Accessible Arts Education. If you don't like the pressure of donating during the live auction's paddle raise for education, you can donate online!
I would not have been able to take the pottery class without the reduced Rate. The reduced rate has provided me an opportunity to participate in the art class.
I am the primary care giver of my kids as my husband works a lot. It gave me 1 ( or 2 if I attended open studio) nights to spend time to myself in a healthy environment.
My son (who often is anxious in new situations) just seems so comfortable and relaxed when he is there.