2021 Annual Benefit Art Auction

February 20

MAM’s commitment to free admission, free expression, and free education is center stage at the Annual Benefit Art Auction. MAM’s live auction makes it possible to share these values and great works of art with our entire community and ensures critical support of MAM’s core programs and exhibitions. Combining the generosity of local businesses, a stellar volunteer auction committee, and artworks donated by celebrated and accomplished artists, MAM’s Annual Benefit Art Auction is an event not to be missed!


The Annual Benefit Art Auction at the Missoula Art Museum will be held on February 20, 2021. 2020 marked the 45th anniversary of the contemporary art museum, which opened in 1975 as the Missoula Museum of the Arts. Over the past four decades, the museum has expanded its footprint to include a dedicated gallery to contemporary Native American artists, an outdoor art park, and is home to a robust education program, including the Fifth Grade Art Experience. The Benefit Art Auction has been held since the museum opened and typically culminates in a large gala with a live auctioneer. The 2021 Benefit Art Auction will be an entirely virtual experience due to ongoing concerns about gatherings and events of any size during a public health crisis.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect artists of all kinds, the Missoula Art Museum is embarking on a new community album as part of year’s auction the MAM has partnered with the Montana Area Music Association (MAMA) to create an opportunity for the recording artists of Montana by introducing a new community album as a part of this year’s auction. Artists of all kinds, including recording artists, have struggled this year as venues, galleries, shows, and other gathering spots have closed. This community album will feature musicians who have a connection to Missoula and/or Montana. MAM and MAMA feel that this project will embody the spirit of artists helping artists across disciplines and satisfying Missoula’s dearth of live music during the pandemic.  


The call for visual artists is open now with a deadline of December 15, 2020. Visual artists of any medium are welcome to respond to this call with a completed piece. Artworks will be selected by MAM staff for inclusion in the silent auction portion of the event. Artists are asked to donate a part of their sale to the museum. The Reserve price is set at 50% of declared value.