2020 Benefit Art Auction

November 4, 2019

Organization Name: Artist Trust

Organization Location: Washington State

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


The Artist Trust Benefit Art Auction is an annual gala fundraiser bringing together artists, community members, collectors, donors, and friends to celebrate Artist Trust’s mission of delivering financial grants and business practice support to individual artists of all disciplines in Washington State.

Robust silent and live auctions, featuring work generously donated by artists in Washington and beyond, are a vital part of our largest event of the year. Your generosity helps to ensure a sustainable future for individual artists across Washington State, and we are grateful to every artist willing to support their peers in this way. Learn more about the auction at www.artisttrustauction.org

Submissions for the 2020 Benefit Art Auction are open from September 9 – October 21, 2019.
Artist Trust invites visual and jewelry artists to submit up to three works to be considered for inclusion in the auction. Our aim is to present your best work, and artwork will be juried on the following criteria:

  • Quality and originality of the work
  • Audience appeal and ability to sell
  • Size and weight, for ease of transport and installation (Size limit for 2D work is 48” x 48”)
  • Retail value ($500 to $4,500 preferred)

Artists are welcome to submit works outside these parameters – exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Due to installation restrictions and depending on media, there may also be weight restrictions. If your work is selected, the jury would pick just one piece for inclusion, regardless of the number of pieces submitted.

2D work must be framed, when appropriate, or otherwise accompanied with the appropriate hanging hardware. We understand and appreciate that framing is an added expense, and encourage artists to include the value of this service in the retail value of the submitted piece. Please bear in mind that accepted work will need to be dropped off at the Artist Trust offices in Seattle between November 2019 and February 2020. Should you want or need to ship your work, Artist Trust is unable to reimburse you for shipping expenses.

Our annual jury consists of accomplished collectors, gallerists, and curators. The 2020 Benefit Art Auction jurors will be announced in September.

Artist Trust also accepts proposals of Art Experience packages, such as a portrait sitting, a studio tour or dinner, tickets to performances, or a home concert. Contact Kristina Goetz, Director of Development, to discuss your proposal: goetz@artisttrust.org.


  • For artists donating 100% of the proceeds from their artwork: one complimentary ticket to the auction (includes seated dinner and hosted bar, a $250 value), and the option to purchase a $100 guest ticket
  • For artists opting for a 20% commission on the proceeds from their sold artwork: the option to purchase a $50 ticket to the auction (includes seated dinner and hosted bar, a $250 value), and the option to purchase a $100 guest ticket
  • Artwork, bio and website highly visible to the auction jury, on the auction website, and to an auction audience of 450 collectors, arts professionals, nonprofit leaders, and artist peers
  • Selected works featured in social media, email promotion, and guided curator tour
  • Auction orientation and networking workshop/happy hour with Artist Trust staff
  • A one-year Artist Trust membership ($45 value), which provides savings on Artist Trust business practice programs and discounts at regional arts businesses and museums: https://artisttrust.org/membership/
  • Infinite gratitude from Artist Trust’s staff and board and the thousands of artists we serve each year!



  • October 21, 2019 | Submission deadline
  • Week of November 4, 2019 | Jury meets
  • Week of November 11, 2019 | Selection notifications sent to artists
  • February 3, 2020 | Artwork drop-off
  • February 24, 2020 | RSVP Deadline
  • Week of March 9, 2020 | Networking workshop and happy hour
  • March 28, 2020 | Auction

Justine Deacon, Annual Fund & Events Manager
justine@artisttrust.org | 206/467-8734 x18


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