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BIMA’s Online Art Auction FAQs

Thank you for your interest in participating in BIMA’s Online Art Auction! For technical support, please contact jmiller@biartmuseum.org.

Can I still donate artwork to the auction?

Yes! We are accepting donations until August 19, 2022. Please contact Jessica Perkins Miller at jmiller@biartmuseum.org or (206) 790-1710.

What is BIMA’s Online Art Auction?

BIMA’s annual fine arts auction is where you can bid on more than 100 pieces of highly collectible Northwest art, craft, and unique arts experiences. 

When is the event?

For all current members of BIMA, the online art auction opens Friday, September 16, 2022 at 10am for member early access. Not a member? Join today! 

BIMA’s Online Art Auction then opens to the general public on Monday, September 19 at 10am and will close on Sunday, September 25 at 5pm.

How do I access the event?

If you are a member, you will receive an email on Friday, September 15 at 10am with a link for early access to the online auction. 

When the event opens to the general public on Monday, September 19, at 10am, you can access it from our website or through an email that will be sent to your inbox if you’re on our mailing list.

Where is the event?

This year’s auction event is taking place entirely online. You can view auction items in person at the museum starting September 1. The museum is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm. You can access the event through our website at the start of the event or the link provided in emails sent to you announcing the opening if you’re on our email list.

How much does it cost to participate in BIMA’s Online Art Auction?

Participation in BIMA’s Online Art Auction is completely free. No pre-registration is required.

How can I start bidding?

All bidders must wait until the auction begins on September 16 at 10am—for members. To become a member click here. The general public will be invited to join on September 19 at 10 am.

How do I get started bidding?

Once the event has begun on September 16 (for members) or September 19 (for the general public), you can access the auction from our website or the link in an email invitation you receive. On the event website, there is a “Start Bidding” button. Click the button and create an account; then you will receive an email invitation to sign up. Click the link in your invitation to join with a password, your address, and your credit card. Then it’s time to get bidding!

When will I know if I won my item?

For auction items, if you choose the “Buy It Now” price, you have immediately won the item. Otherwise, bid high and bid often. Once you bid on an item, you will receive notifications (either email or cell phone) if you are outbid to give you the opportunity to bid again on your item. The highest bidder when the auction closes at 5pm on Sunday, September 25 wins the item!

How can I obtain the items I purchase?

All items will be available for pick up at BIMAlocated at 550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110 between October 1-2. If you cannot pick up your item during this scheduled time, please arrange a better date and time with Jessica Perkins Miller at jmiller@biartmuseum.org or (206) 790-1710. 

If you cannot pick up your items, we will be able to ship most items. For items not eligible to be shipped, we have listed the restrictions on the item page if the item is too large or too heavy to ship. There will be a cost applied to any items we need to ship. The cost of each shipment will be individual, based on the size of the piece and the number of pieces you purchased. 

I am not interested in bidding, can I make a tax-deductible ‘regrets’ gift?

Yes, and we so deeply appreciate it! Click here or call Peter Raffa, Development Director, at (206) 451-4007.

Can I volunteer for the auction?

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering! Unfortunately, since the event is online, we don’t have many volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering for BIMA for other projects, please contact Kim Seigel, Gallery & Volunteer Manager at kim@biartmuseum.org.

Can I still sponsor the auction?

Yes. Please direct all sponsorship inquiries to Jessica Perkins Miller at jmiller@biartmuseum.org.


What does BIMA do?

BIMA opened in 2013 and quickly established itself as a bright, new addition to the cultural landscape of Washington State and beyond. BIMA has become the cultural living room for Bainbridge Island, a regional resource for quality arts and lifelong learning, and a welcoming landmark to visitors new and returning. Its mission—to inspire curiosity, wonder, and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region—has been brought to life as a new and vibrant showcase for some of the best contemporary artists and craftsmen of the greater Puget Sound.

Why is BIMA’s Online Art Auction important?

The auction is a BIMA fundraising event. All proceeds benefit the mission of BIMA, and bring an exceptional year-round program of exhibitions, classes, tours, concerts, workshops, lectures, and events, presenting educational and cultural programs for people of all ages, backgrounds, interests, economic means, and abilities—even remotely while we’ve all been at home!

My question is still not answered.

Please contact us at (206) 790-1710 or jmiller@biartmuseum.org.