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Call for Art

Massart auction call for art is NOW OPEN!

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is excited to usher in another year of the MassArt Auction and would like to welcome you to submit artwork for consideration in this year's 2023 MassArt Auction event. Artwork submissions will be accepted between September 6 and October 23, 2022. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Submit Your Artwork

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

Call for Art opens: September 6, 2022 
Submissions due: October 23, 2022 
Notification of selection: December 19, 2022 
MassArt Live Auction Event: April 1, 2023 
Notification of artwork sale: June 1, 2023

Please note that Auction event dates and details are subject to change.

CONTACT 

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

Mailing Address: 

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

CALL FOR ART - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Submissions to the 2023 MassArt Auction will be accepted from September 6, 2022, through October 23, 2022, through the online Call for Art Form.

Artist Information

  • Artist First and Last Name, as well as Artist Name for Printing 
  • Primary contact’s First and Last name 
  • Primary contact’s mailing address, email address, and telephone number
  • Gallery information, if applicable (contact name, gallery name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number)
  • MassArt Affiliation, if applicable (alumni, current students, faculty, and staff)
  • Graduation year, if applicable (alumni and current students only)
  • Tax information (International or domestic artist)
  • Was the work produced inside or outside of the United States?

Catalog Information

  • Brief Artist Bio, describing your educational, professional, and creative background (400 character limit)
  • Artist website, if available
  • Artist Social Media, if available (Instagram and Twitter)

Artwork Information

  • Title
  • Year of creation
  • Edition number if applicable
  • Medium description
  • Artwork dimensions
  • Is the work signed? If so, front or back?
  • Courtesy line
  • Artwork dimensions
  • Display instructions
  • Artwork value (must include the cost of framing - note that all works must be framed except for 3D works and works on canvas)
  • Consignment preference (0% - full donation to the college, or 50% - partial donation to the college)
  • Good quality image of your piece (JPEG or JPG file only, 100 MB max, 1200 pixels or larger on the longest side) 

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

We are thrilled to announce that in honor of MassArt’s 150th Anniversary year, the MassArt Auction will be accepting submissions from all MassArt students for the 2023 MassArt Auction. Continuing Education students will be invited to submit to our General Call for Art, starting September 6 through October 23, 2022. All Undergraduate and Graduate students will be invited to submit to the Student Call for Art beginning October 14 through November 13, 2022. Artwork jurying for student submissions will be conducted virtually this year.

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.

Yes. Please visit the MassArt Auction page on Bidsquare or last year’s digital catalog to see artwork featured in the 2022 MassArt Auction.

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

Similar to the 2022 MassArt Auction, we are planning to host the 2023 event in a hybrid format, inclusive of both virtual and in-person components.

A Live Auction is a high-energy event where an auctioneer presents auction items and manages the bidding process. Typically, our Live Auction contains between 30 - 35 pieces that tend to be some of our most highly-valued items. The Live Auction is usually about a one-and-a-half-hour program that takes place on the night of the MassArt Auction event, with bidding placed through the auctioneer and occurring in real-time.

A Silent Auction has a longer bidding period of up to three weeks, where participants place bids on auction items independently and on their own time. Typically, our Silent Auction has three sections, each containing ~100 pieces.

All artists will be notified as to whether or not their artwork was accepted by December 19, 2022, via email. Please do not contact MassArt directly.

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.

In past years, all participating artists have received access to tickets for the MassArt Auction and Opening Reception. Due to the continued effects of the pandemic and the uncertainties regarding event capacity at this time, the specific details surrounding artist ticket distribution have not yet been determined for 2023. We will plan to share this information as soon as our plans are finalized and they become available.

Yes. Except for 3D pieces and works on canvas, all accepted works must be framed and ready for hanging in time for artwork drop-off prior to the Virtual Silent Auction installation in early March. 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 may 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. Please note that the cost of the frame should be included in the estimated value of your piece.

Following decision notices in December, participating artists will be notified about artwork drop-off and shipping information after the winter holiday season. Please note that all artwork should arrive in ready-to-hang condition with secure, protective wrapping or packaging.* Accepted artwork should be hand-delivered in person or via a professional shipping company by early March. Drop-off/delivery location and the due date for artwork will be shared with all accepted artists in early January.

* 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.

 

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.

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by June 1, 2023.  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, 2023. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2023, will become the property of the MassArt Foundation and may be sold at a later time without consignment to the donating artist/entity. Artists are responsible for collecting or paying for the return shipment of unsold artwork.

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