Art Auction 2016
Art Auction 2016, is scheduled for March 2016. The Silent Auction, featuring 400 works of art, will take place Thursday, March 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. The evening will include a delicious array of heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Tickets for all the food, beverages and bidding that one can enjoy are only $50 per person.
On Saturday, March 5, the Live Auction will consist of a cocktail party at 6 P.M., followed by dinner at 7:30 P.M., with the Live Auction of 25 premium works presented during dinner. Tickets for the evening are $175 per person.
The Art Auction has become the smART Auction with MOBILE BIDDING!
In an effort to make the Art Auction 2016 works more accessible to the largest number of bidders, the Museum will be using mobile bidding for the first time. You will have the opportunity to place bids through your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. It’s easy and efficient, and will give you even more chances to capture that special work of art for your home or office.
Here is how it works:
Please bring your fully charged smart phone or tablet to Preview Days and the Silent Auction on March 3rd.
Beginning February 13 at 10:00 A.M., you can preview, pre-bid, and pre-register.
As soon as you register, you will receive a text message and an email that will allow you to browse and bid from anywhere. You can watch an item or start bidding on your selected item, with an option of setting a maximum bid. You will be notified on your smartphone if you have been outbid.
Registering in advance, online, is the quickest, easiest way to buy tickets or place bids for the Auction. It can be done at any time by entering your name, contact information, and payment method. Registering online will provide faster check-in and check-out at the Auction.
NOTE: Your credit card will not be charged for anything unless you purchase a ticket or are the successful bidder the night of the auction. All of your information is securely encrypted.
On Auction Day
- Guests will check in upon arrival at the Museum and if they have not already, be registered to bid on-line
- If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet, a Bid Buddy will be able to assist you using their ipad
- Browse items, create a “watch” list of items you are interested in and search by item number on the work or in the catalog
- Choose an item you would like to bid on and click “Place Bid”
- Enter your bid amount, with an option of setting a maximum bid
- You will be notified on your smartphone or tablet if you have been outbid, or at closing time, if you have won your item
- Your charge card will be charged the bid amount plus tax. If you would like to pay by alternative method, our check out desk can accept your payment and stop credit card charges
- Pick up your work at Art Packing
If you have any concerns about mobile bidding, we are happy to pair you with a Bid Buddy at the event; please call Jen Eitzmann at 430-4374 to arrange a pairing.
Unable to join us at the event? You can bid live during the Silent Auction from anywhere.
If you make a purchase that needs to be shipped, you will be charged direct costs in addition to the purchase price and Alabama sales tax.
The Art Auction 2016 would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our Art Selection Committee. They traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and New York City; as well as cities throughout the Southeast to provide a broad collection of works that appeal to a wide audience. This year’s items will include paintings, prints, glass, sculpture, and jewelry, as well as non-art items, such as travel opportunities and unique entertainment packages.
Thank you to the Art Selection committee: Mary Dunn, Chair, Lucy Jackson, Co-Chair, Jane Barganier, Ginny Cumbus, Camille Elebash-Hill, Bonner Engelhardt, Susan Geddie, Gage LeQuire, Phillip Rawlings, Winston Wilson Reese, Bruce Reid, and Laurie Weil.
Thank you to the Art Auction Committee:
Lisa Capell, Chair, Allison Ingram, Co-Chair, Emilie Reid, Past Chair
Melissa B. Tubbs, Printed Materials
Katharine Harris, Non-Art
Elizabeth DuBard and Stephanie Peavy, Bank/Treasurer
Burton Ward, Kelli Wise, and Ashley White, Logistics
Ward Chesser, Debbie Hobbs, Ashley Gallion, and Bonnie Waters, Decor
Jean Belt, Lisa Newcomb and Sheryl Rosen, Gallery Attendants
Glenda Allred, Jason Goodson, Charlene Holtsford, Debby Spain, Invitations
Works will be on view at the Museum and on-line at mmfa.org beginning February 13, 2016. If you are unable to attend one of the Auction evenings, you can sign up for remote bidding.
Art Auction 2016 is sponsored by Merrill Lynch. Proceeds from the biennial Art Auction will directly benefit the Museum’s future acquisition, exhibition, and education programs for the River Region.