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Spring 2021

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Call for Art


Massachusetts College of Art and Design is excited to usher in another year of the MassArt Auction and thanks you for submitting artwork for consideration in the 2021 MassArt Auction. Artwork submissions were accepted between September 8 and October 25, 2020 and the Call for Art is now closed.

For more information and questions see our Call for Art FAQs below.


  • Submissions due: October 25, 2020 
  • Notification of selection: December 21, 2020 
  • Virtual Silent Auction opens: March 27, 2021
  • Live Auction: April 10, 2021 
  • Notification of artwork sale: June 1, 2021

Please note that Auction event dates and details are subject to change. Our team will be closely monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and making adjustments to our strategy as we move forward.  


For information or questions on artwork submissions, please contact Olga Batyuk, Fundraising Events Coordinator, at or 617.879.7014. 

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 and share artwork by MassArt Auction artists.


When and how will the Auction be held this year? 

Times are changing, and so are we. Building upon the success of last year’s all virtual event, Massachusetts College of Art and Design is pleased to announce our updated plans for the 2021 MassArt Auction. The health and safety of our community members, on and off campus, are important to us, so our Live Auction will take place via live stream on our virtual auction platform, Bidsquare, on the evening of Saturday, April 10, 2021. The Silent Auction will also be posted to Bidsquare and open for a two week period of bidding, starting on or around March 27, 2021.  

* Please note that Auction event dates and details are subject to change. Our team will be closely monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and making adjustments to our strategy as we move forward.  

When are you accepting submissions? 

Submissions to the 2021 MassArt Auction will be accepted from September 8, 2020 through October 25, 2020 through the Call for Art online form, right here on the MassArt Auction website (  

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. The Student Call for Art will open later in the fall and more information on submission details will be sent to MassArt seniors and MFA candidates directly.

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 general online submission form. However, Professional & Continuing Education students DO NOT need to attend the student jurying session.

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 prior to the Virtual Silent Auction opening on March 27. Participating artists will be contacted via email with artwork drop-off and shipping details.

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. 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.

Please note that the cost of framing should be included in the estimated value of your piece.

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, 2020 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 as well as 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? 

We hope to be able to invite all 2021 Auction artists to attend the Opening Reception with a guest free of charge. The Opening Reception, tentatively scheduled to take place on March 31, 2021, kicks off our events leading up to the MassArt Auction and is the College's opportunity to thank all of our artists for their generosity.*

Unfortunately, due to the event’s hybrid format and anticipated space restrictions for the April 10, 2020 Live Auction, we may be unable to offer complimentary tickets to participating artists this year, but we do encourage everyone to participate virtually.

* Please note that Auction event dates and details are subject to change. Our team will be closely monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and making adjustments to our strategy as we move forward.  

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? 

ollowing decision notices in December, participating artists will be notified about artwork drop-off and shipping information. 

Please note that all artwork should arrive in ready to hang condition with secure, protective wrapping or packaging.* 

*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, 2021.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, please contact us to make arrangements to pick up your artwork from MassArt after June 1, 2021. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2021 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 or 617.879.7014.