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CALL FOR ART NOW OPEN!

Massachusetts College of Art and Design invites you to submit artwork of any medium for consideration in the 31st MassArt Auction to be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020. All artists are welcome and encouraged to participate, whether or not they are affiliated with MassArt. NO SUBMISSION FEE! For more information and questions see our Call for Art FAQs below. 

Artwork submissions will be accepted between September 9 and October 27, 2019. 

SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

  • Submissions due: October 27, 2019 
  • Notification of selection: December 20, 2019 
  • Selected artwork due: April 2, 2020 
  • Auction: April 25, 2020 
  • Notification of artwork sale: June 1, 2020 

CONTACT 

For information or questions on artwork submissions, please contact Cilicia Rios, Fundraising Events Manager, at auction@massart.edu or 617.879.7022. 

Mailing Address: 
The MassArt Auction 
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
621 Huntington Avenue 
Boston, MA 02115 USA 

Tag #MassArtAuction when you're at any of our events or when you see artwork by MassArt Auction artists.

CALL FOR ART - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When are you accepting submissions? 

Submissions to the 31st MassArt Auction will be accepted from September 9, 2019 through October 27, 2019 right here on the MassArt Auction website (massartauction.org).  

How many pieces may I submit for consideration?

Artists may submit up to three (3) artworks for consideration by our jury. Please keep in mind that it can be difficult for us to accommodate large scale pieces that exceed 36 inches in height or width or works that require intricate installations.

How is the artwork selected?

All selections go before our committee of art experts and contemporary art collectors for consideration.

I am not a graduate of MassArt. May I still submit artwork?  

YES! Anyone is welcome to submit artwork for consideration through our website.  

I am a current MassArt senior or grad student. May I participate in the Auction? 

All seniors and current MFA candidates are encouraged to participate in the MassArt Auction. Please indicate your student affiliation on the online form by choosing “MassArt Current Student” under Choose your MassArt Affiliation and fill in the corresponding education summary information (major, grad year). In addition to completing the online submission form, current seniors and MFA candidates are required to attend an in-person jurying session, which will be held in the Huntington Studio on the 3rd floor of the Design and Media Center on November 21, 2019. More information on submission details and the student jury session will be sent to MassArt seniors and MFA candidates directly.

Please visit our Student Call For Art FAQs for more information. 

I am a Professional & Continuing Education student at MassArt. Do I need to attend the student jury session?

Professional & Continuing Education students should use the online submission form. However, Professional & Continuing Education students DO NOT need to attend the in-person student jurying session on November 21, 2019.

Does my artwork need to be framed? 

Yes. Except for 3D pieces and works on canvas, all works must be framed and ready for hanging in time for artwork drop-off on March 28 – April 2, 2020.

Thanks to the generosity of our in-kind framing donors, MassArt will frame works by artists who have elected to contribute 100% of the sale of their artwork to the College for FREE. Please note that if your work does not sell at Auction, you will be responsible for the cost of the framing. MassArt cannot guarantee that large artworks or special framing instructions can be accommodated. Frames for your pieces will be decided at the discretion of MassArt.

For those who have elected to receive a percentage of their sale back and are in need of framing, we recommend contacting Amanda Accardi ’06 at Around the Corner Framing for discounted framing services.

When will I be notified if my submitted artwork was accepted? 

All artists will be notified as to whether or not their artwork was accepted by December 20, 2019 via email. Please do not contact MassArt directly.

Do accepted artists receive a portion of the artwork sale?

The MassArt Auction is the College’s largest fundraising event benefiting student scholarships and academic programs. We encourage everyone to consider giving 100% of their proceeds to MassArt so that we can continue to provide an excellent education to our deserving students. All artists who donate 100% of the sale of their work will receive complimentary framing services and two free tickets to the Auction on April 25 (a $600 value), along with special recognition at the Auction.

For those that wish to receive a percentage of their artwork sale back, we offer the option to receive 50% of the sale proceeds.

Do accepted artists receive tickets to the Auction? 

All participating 2020 Auction artists are encouraged to attend the Opening Reception with a guest free of charge. The Opening Reception kicks off our events leading up to the MassArt Auction on April 25, 2020 and is the College's opportunity to thank all of our artists for their generosity.

Tickets to the MassArt Auction on April 25, 2020 will be distributed in the following manner:

  • Those artists donating 100% of the sale of their artwork to MassArt will receive two (2) free tickets to the Auction (a $600 value)
     

  • Those artists donating 50% of the sale of their artwork to MassArt may purchase up to two (2) discounted tickets at $75 each
     

  • Artists who are either MassArt Faculty, Staff, or students will receive (1) free ticket to the Auction (a $300 value) and may purchase an additional ticket at the discounted price of $75

How will images of my artwork(s) be used by MassArt? 

From time to time the MassArt Foundation will use images of Auction artwork to promote the event and the sale of artwork. All artists participating in the MassArt Auction agree to grant the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation perpetual, royalty free, nonexclusive license to use, without limitation, any Auction artwork, project, or related image for the purposes of promoting the College and related events.  

When can I drop off my artwork? 

Accepted artwork should be hand-delivered in person or via a professional shipping company to the College by April 2, 2020. Hand-delivered artwork (with protective wrapping) may be dropped off in the Design and Media Center at MassArt between 10 am – 4 pm on March 28 and between 4 - 7 pm on March 31 and April 2.

Shipped Artwork* (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.) DUE BY: April 2, 2020. Please address to:

MassArt Auction
℅ Cilicia Rios, Fundraising Events Manager
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115

*Shipment of Auction artwork must be done at the expense and liability of the participating artist. MassArt will not pay for artwork to be shipped and has limited ability to store shipping materials.

When will I be notified if my artwork sold? 

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by June 1, 2020.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, you may pick up your artwork from MassArt after June 1, 2020. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2020 will become property of the MassArt Foundation and may be sold at a later time without consignment to the donating artist/entity. Artists are responsible for paying for the return shipment of unsold artwork.  

More Questions?  

Contact the Fundraising Events team at auction@massart.edu or 617.879.7014.