2020 Artoberfest Update

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is pleased to announce the return, with changes, of it’s annual fall event, Artoberfest.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the museum staff, board, and Artoberfest committee felt the best strategy was to turn the 2020 Artoberfest fundraiser into an online experience. The auction will go online, with the public being able to view and bid on fantastic items for one week, starting on Cyber Monday (November 30). In addition to the auction, the museum will enlist help from several artists and local celebrities to create one-of-a-kind (but functional) face masks. These inventive masks will also be auctioned off.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to support the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in a new way. Go to the museum’s website ( or call 641-421-3666 for more details.

This event is sponsored by: ITC Midwest, Bergland & Cram Architects, CENT Credit Union, Clear Lake Bank and Trust, Central Park Dentistry, Demro Orthodontics, First Citizens Bank, Hawkeye Auto Body, Hogan-Hansen, NSB Bank, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., and Women’s Self-Defense Initiative.

Frequently Asked Questions About Artoberfest
with updates for 2020

What is Artoberfest?
Artoberfest is a fundraiser for the Charles H. MacNider Art Musuem. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 event will be an online auction. The event normally involves patrons sampling beers or wines, listening to great live music, enjoying scrumptious food, and participating in silent and live auctions – all to benefit the museum. We will miss our regular, fun event but appreciate everyone willing to participate safely from home this year!

What is the date and time?
The online auction will last one week, starting Monday, November 30 and ending on Monday, December 7.

Where is the location?
Online – a link will be provided when the event gets closer.

How much are tickets?
There are no tickets this year because the event is online, you can however make a monetary donation. For online bidding you will need to enter some basic contact information. 

Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds will benefit the operations of the MacNider Art Museum. Each year the museum has a variety of programs, exhibits, and classes for the public. While we do receive partial city funding the Museum is responsible for earning up to 1/2 of its own revenue.

Are tickets available at the door?
Again, just an online event – no tickets but monetary donations appreciated!

What is the suggested attire?
Whatever you are comfortable in!

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