The North Dakota Museum of Art is hosting its first online art auction at 4 p.m. Nov. 21.
The Views of North Dakota Live Auction will feature more than 50 works by artists who have a connection with the museum as well as new artists from across the country.
All artwork became available for preview online Monday, Nov. 9, and in person during museum hours, from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, or by appointment. Participants can download the LiveAuctioneers app on their phones or tablets, and search for the museum’s auction. Registration is required to participate.
Bids are accepted for two weeks prior through the app, “but be ready to defend your pre-bids when the live, online auction starts,” said Matt Wallace, the museum’s deputy director.
Artworks representing all types of mediums will be auctioned, including photography, sculpture, paintings, batik, prints and ceramics.
When the pandemic forced the North Dakota Museum of Art to class in March, numerous artists involved with the museum asked how they could help, Wallace said.
“Knowing that the museum had to cancel most fundraisers and ticketed events, many offered significant works of art to sell as a benefit for the museum," he said. “We have some really great pieces that will range up to $10,000 -- a mark well above what we’ve ever attempted to sell in an auction."
The artists whose works will be presented in the online auction include those who have exhibited at the museum, were commissioned by the museum or have participated in past museum art auctions, according to Wallace, who is encouraging participants to “don their evening gowns or tailored suits, or stay in their jeans and enjoy an hour or two of live online bidding, and pretend they are enjoying an evening in the beautiful Mmuseum galleries.”
Proceeds from the auction will be split, half and half, with the artists, unless it is noted that they have donated 100% of the proceeds to the museum.
For more information, call (701) 777-4195.