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Call for Art FAQs

CALL FOR ART - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When are you accepting submissions? 
Submissions to the 30th Anniversary MassArt Auction will be accepted through October 28, 2018 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. Current seniors and MFA candidates SHOULD NOT complete the online submission form.  Submission details will be sent to MassArt seniors and MFA candidates directly. A separate jurying session will be held in the Huntington Studio on the 3rd floor of the Design and Media Center on November 29, 2018.

I am a Professional & Continuing Education student at MassArt. Which form do I use?
Professional & Continuing Education students should use the online submission form.

DO i need to create a log-in to access the online submission form in order to submit artwork?
No, though MassArt alums who have already registered with our online Alumni Community will have an existing login and are encouraged to use it. You will be prompted on the first step of the form as to how to log in. If you are experiencing difficulties with your account, please contact Megan Cronin, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at megan.cronin@massart.edu or 617.879.7020.

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 31 – April 4, 2019.

Thanks to the generosity of our in-kind 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 21, 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 27 (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 either 25% or 50% of the sale proceeds.

Do accepted artists receive tickets to the Auction? 
All participating 2019 Auction artists are encouraged to attend the Opening Reception on April 22, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with a guest free of charge. The Opening Reception kicks off our week of events leading up to the MassArt Auction on April 27, 2019 and is the College's opportunity to thank all of our artists for their generosity.

Tickets to the MassArt Auction on April 27, 2019 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 75% of the sale of their artwork to MassArt will receive one (1) free ticket to the Auction (a $300 value) and may purchase an additional ticket at the discounted price of $75
  • 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, and 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 4, 2019. 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 31 and between
4 - 7 pm on April 2 and April 4.

Shipped Artwork* (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.) DUE BY: April 4, 2019. Please address to:

2019 MassArt Auction
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, 2019.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, you may pick up your artwork from MassArt after June 1, 2019. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2019 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.  

Important Dates to Remember  
Submissions due: October 28, 2018
Notification of selection: December 21, 2018 
Accepted artwork due at MassArt:  April 4, 2019
Opening Reception: April 22, 2019 
Auction: April 27, 2019
Notification of Artwork Sales: June 1, 2019

More Questions?  
Contact Helen Zhang, Fundraising Events Coordinator, at hzhang@massart.edu or 617.879.7014.