Main Auction Event to Be Held Virtually on February 5

MISSOULA, Mont., January 12, 2021
The Missoula Art Museum’s 2022 Benefit Art Auction will be produced virtually on February 5, 2022. The annual auction exhibition is on view now in the museum’s largest gallery.

The event will live-stream from 6 to 7 p.m. on February 5 and is free to watch and participate. Over 80 pieces of art are viewable online and at the museum. Artists from across the region have donated their works of art to be auctioned off in support of the museum. The pieces include sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media.

“For fifty years, artists have been giving their best work to the Benefit Art Auction, and our supports have bought these pieces,” said Laura Millin, executive director of the museum. “This interchange has inspired individual art collecting, supported generations of artists, and fortified the museum for five decades. While we cannot hold the beloved gala in-person this winter due to the pandemic, we will continue this beautiful expression of the love of art, connection of artist and collector, and salute to Missoula’s contemporary art museum.”

MAM is excited to announce the return of the “Buy It Now” feature. All 72 silent auction lots will be available to purchase outright from noon on January 23 through 5 p.m. on January 27. Remaining pieces will then be open for silent auction bidding at noon on January 28. A selection of eleven artworks will be auctioned live during the main event on February 5. All are welcome to register to bid and receive updates through the bidding site.

Three works on paper included in the auction were produced during artist-in-residencies at the MATRIX Press at the University of Montana. Lot #46, a print titled Coyote's Metis Birchbark I, is a collaboration between exhibiting artist Neal Ambrose-Smith, whose exhibition č̓ č̓en ̓ u kʷes xʷúyi (Where Are You Going?) is on view at the museum now. MAM and MATRIX have collaborated on artist residencies in Missoula for twenty years. The sales of these three artworks will be split between MATRIX and MAM and help fund further collaborations.

MAM has been a cultural beacon in downtown Missoula since 1975. The museum’s commitment to commitment to free admission, free expression, and free arts education takes center stage at this signature fundraising event. The sales of live and silent auction artworks at the annual benefit art auction supports the museum’s core programs and exhibitions. The presenting sponsor for the 2022 Benefit Art Auction is US Bank.

The museum will be open for extended hours until 6 p.m. on the following Fridays: January 14, January 21, and January 28. The museum will be closed to the public on both February 4 and 5 to prepare for the main auction event. For more information, visit missoulaartmuseum.org.