ArtSpan’s Juried Benefit Art Auction 2023

Call Opens: Friday, January 27, 2023

Deadline: Sunday, February 26 @ 11:59PM 

All Final Artist Notifications Received By: Friday, March 10

Artwork Drop-off: Sunday, March 26 & Monday, March 27*
*Selected artwork will be received in-person during specific drop-off windows that must be reserved in advance. Once your artwork has been selected, you will receive details and instructions.

Opening Celebration: Friday, March 31 

Bidding Closes: Saturday, April 15

Artwork Pick-up: Sunday, April 16 & Monday, April 17*
*ArtSpan & Minna do not have storage available. Once your artwork is selected, you will receive details and instructions related to drop-off and pick-up and must be available to retrieve your work (or arrange for someone else to do so) if it does not sell at the Auction.


ARTSPAN’S JURIED BENEFIT ART AUCTION

In synergistic partnership with 111 Minna Gallery, ArtSpan’s 2023 Juried Benefit Art Auction presents In-Person Celebrations, Collection Viewings, & Online/Mobile Bidding

We are thrilled to be in partnership with 111 Minna Gallery to present our annual Juried Benefit Art Auction. In addition to having a presence on our Auction jury, 111 Minna Gallery’s stunning downtown San Francisco space will beautifully present the Auction Collection for two-weeks, along with accompanying event celebrations and opportunities to view the collection in-person. We are excited to unite our communities to collaboratively bolster the SF Bay Area art scene. 

Together with 111 Minna Gallery, we are creating a festive event that not only generates much needed funds to sustain our diverse artist-supporting programs, but also celebrates community, collaboration, and the creative synergy needed to keep San Francisco vibrant. 


EVENT DETAILS

An artful extravaganza in support of San Francisco Bay Area art & artists!

ArtSpan’s Juried Benefit Art Auction is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your art to prominent jurors in the art and design field, to new potential collectors, and to a vast range of art enthusiasts. Most of all, contributing your art is a meaningful way for you to support the work that ArtSpan does to cultivate connections within our creative community.

In addition to our capital campaign for the ArtSpan Onondaga Community Art Center, funds from the Auction serve all of ArtSpan’s year-round programming, including SF Open Studios, Youth Open Studios, community engagement activities, artist professional development workshops, artist networking events, Art-In-Neighborhoods exhibitions, and Art Curious collector education events.

ArtSpan’s Onondaga Community Art Center (known as ONON) is within view of becoming our new home. ONON will be a space where each of our community members feel welcomed, included, and safe. We look forward to the day we can open its doors, look around, and see the faces of all of you who make ArtSpan the beautiful creative community it is. 

As in previous years, bidding will occur online over a two-week period during which Auction Collection viewings will be made available. Bidding will officially begin on Friday, March 31st with our Opening Celebration. We will also be hosting a VIP Preview limited to our Benefactors and major donors on Thursday, March 30th.

  • All work will be featured and promoted online and on our auction-specific website.
  • ALL Auction artwork will be exhibited to be viewed in-person with buy-it-now pricing. As such, art may be sold prior to online Auction bidding closing on Saturday, April 15. By submitting your work, you accept that your art may be sold ahead of bidding concluding. 

It is possible that some collectors will opt out of our in-person viewing opportunities; as such, we require you to upload the best quality image of your donated artwork when submitting your application. 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • All auction artwork will be available for online bidding ONLY with buy-it-now pricing.*
  • There will not be any in-person LIVE bidding events
  • Bidding will run from March 31 through April 15, 2023. All lots will close the evening of Saturday, April 15, 2023.

*ALL Auction artwork will be exhibited to be viewed in-person with buy-it-now pricing. As such, art may be sold prior to online Auction bidding closing on Saturday, April 15. By submitting your work, you accept that your art may be sold ahead of bidding concluding.

BENEFITS:

All selected artists will be recognized in the 2023 SF Open Studios Printed Guide.

All selected artists will be included in our robust promotional campaigns.

Artists will receive bidder information from their sold artwork after the Auction.

All Auction Artists will have their work exhibited for in-person viewing as part of our Auction event.

Auction Artists will receive ONE complimentary ticket for their admission to the Opening Celebration on March 31.

All Auction Artists will have their work seen by local art-world luminaries who jury the work for inclusion in our Auction.

Your contribution as an Auction Artist directly supports ArtSpan’s programs, and has a positive impact on our local art community and on San Francisco’s arts ecosystem.

ArtSpan’s 2023 Benefit Art Auction Jurors:

Michelle Delaney, Co-Owner of 111 Minna Gallery

Stephen Gilbert, Art Collector

DeeDee Hunt, Owner of Hunt & Gather Gallery

Roberto Martinez, Exhibitions Director at the Richmond Art Center

KT Seibot, Co-Founder of Moth Belly Gallery & Studios

Renee Villasenor, Programs Manager & Curatorial Associate at the Institute of Contemporary Art SF 

Griff Williams, Founder of Gallery 16


ELIGIBILITY & TIPS:

  • Open to all current ArtSpan Artist Members
  • All entries must be original and created within the past 3 years
  • Artwork minimum value is $300 (bidding will start at approximately 1/3 of the artwork value)
  • You must upload the best quality image of your donated artwork when submitting your application. Images will be featured in our online catalog, on our bidding platform, and on in social media promotions
  • We have limited space for donations larger than 40"*
    *IF YOUR PIECE IS FRAMED, the provided artwork dimensions should include the frame
  • Artists valuing work over $3000 should have a verifiable sales record

We encourage submitting your strongest work, and welcome high-value contributions. 

ALL Auction artwork will be exhibited to be viewed in-person with buy-it-now pricing. As such, art may be sold and taken by buyers prior to online Auction bidding closing on Saturday, April 15. By submitting your work, you accept that your art may be sold ahead of bidding concluding.

All work will be featured and promoted online and on our auction-specific website.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Entries are accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, assemblage, fabric, jewelry, ceramic, furniture, and glass.
  • One entry per artist.
  • All image files for the entry must be submitted in JPEG between 1500 and 2500 pixels wide.
  • All image files MUST be titled with the following format or they will not be considered: LastName_FirstName_title_height(inches)_x_width(inches).jpg
  • Artists must provide a promotional statement to describe and sell the piece of artwork submitted. Statements should describe the specific process or a noteworthy story to be shared online and via social media.
    Help us promote you and your work by submitting a statement that is ready to publish.
  • Artists must complete their online ArtSpan Artist Profile with images and contact information (ArtSpan will link to this information in all Auction promotions).
  • ArtSpan reserves the right to use images of accepted artwork for promotional use online and in print for the Auction.
  • Artwork must be READY TO HANG: framed, pre-assembled, with appropriate hardware (wire and d-rings). Artwork without hardware will not be accepted.
    • Sawtooths are not considered “ready to hang” and will be rejected at the time of drop-off. PLEASE PROPERLY WIRE YOUR PIECES.
  • Artwork must be labeled with the artist's name and the title of the piece.
  • Artwork whose longest dimension (height or width) is under 40” will be prioritized.

NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Artwork that is not mounted professionally and ready to hang/display
  • Artwork that is damaged (including damaged frames)

*ArtSpan reserves the right to decline artwork after drop off, if we feel it was not well represented in the jury image, is not ready to be professionally hung, is damaged, or for any other reason.*

ART SALES:

  • Selected artists will have the option to donate 100% of the artwork sale price to ArtSpan, or to receive 15% of the artwork sale price.

Artists will receive bidder information from their sale after the auction.

QUESTIONS?:

Email info@artspan.org

Thank you so much for submitting your work. Our Auction Jurors work hard to curate a diverse exhibition that is appropriately balanced in theme, color, style, medium and price. Every year we have to turn away some amazing work because of this difficult balancing act. We appreciate your understanding of this process in the event that your work is not selected.


ARTSPAN’S MISSION

ArtSpan is committed to cultivating a vibrant, accessible, and world-class art community in San Francisco and to promoting the city's unique creative energy locally and globally. We champion an inclusive art experience by providing hundreds of local artists with the equal opportunity to showcase their work and make direct connections to diverse audiences and patrons. We are guided by the belief that artists play a vital role in society and that broad public engagement with their work is essential to defining a new cultural environment for our changing city.

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