2021 Benefit Art Auction
MAM’s Big Night, the 2021 Benefit Auction will live stream on Friday, February 12, 2021, from 6 to 8 PM MST, FREE!
With auctioneer Johnna Wells hosting from the museum galleries, the live, online event will feature fabulous artworks by Montana’s finest artists and performances by local musicians and dancers. The event will also celebrate the culinary arts with special offerings from local restaurants and wine purveyors.
Register to participate by clicking below. Art will be on view on the bidding website on January 15, 2021. Bidding opens online on February 1, 2021. We hope you'll join us to celebrate MAM's Big Night!
The Annual Benefit Art Auction at the Missoula Art Museum will be held virtually on February 12, 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.
U.S. Bank, the presenting sponsor of the Benefit Art Auction for thirteen years, proudly supports our dedication to artists and our art community.