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Call for Art FAQs

When are you accepting submissions?
Submissions will be accepted between August 28 and October 29, 2017 through the "Call for Art" section of 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 a current MassArt student. May I participate in the Auction?  
All seniors and current MFA candidates are encouraged to participate in the MassArt Auction. A separate jurying session will be held in the Huntington Studio on the 3rd floor of the Design and Media Center on November 30, 2017. Current students SHOULD NOT complete the online submission form. Submission details will be sent to MassArt seniors and MFA candidates directly.  Visit the Student Call for Art FAQ for more information. 

I am not a graduate of MassArt. May I still submit artwork?   
Yes. Anyone is welcome to submit artwork for consideration through our website.   

Do I need to create a log in ID 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 please contact auction@massart.edu or (617) 879 7022.  

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 11 - March 13, 2018.

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. Please contact Manager of Stewardship & Fundraising Events Corinne Wardian at cwardian@massart.edu or (617) 879 7022 for further information.  

For those in need of framing and that have elected to receive a percentage of their sale back 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, 2017 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 single largest fundraising event benefiting our much needed 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 7 (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 2018 Auction artists are welcome to attend the Opening Reception on March 28, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm with a guest free of charge. The Opening Reception kicks off our week of events leading up to the MassArt Auction on April 7, 2018 and is the College's opportunity to thank all of our artists for their generosity.

Tickets to the MassArt Auction on April 7, 2018 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 between March 11 and March 13, 2018. Hand-delivered artwork (with protective wrapping) may be dropped off in the Bakalar and Paine Galleries between 10 am – 4 pm on March 11 and between 4 - 7 pm on March 12 and March 13.

Shipped Artwork* (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.) DUE BY: Friday, March 9, 2018. Please address to:

Corinne Wardian
Manager of Stewardship & Fundraising Events
2018 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.

To make other arrangements, contact Manager of Stewardship & Fundraising Events Corinne Wardian at cwardian@massart.edu or (617) 879 7022.  

When will I be notified if my artwork sold?  
All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by May 1, 2018.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, you may pick up your artwork from MassArt after May 8, 2018. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2018 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 29, 2017
  • Notification of selection: December 20, 2017  
  • Accepted artwork due at MassArt:  March 11 - March 13, 2018  
  • Opening Reception: March 28, 2018 
  • Auction: April 7, 2018
  • Notification of Artwork Sales: May 1, 2018

More Questions?   Contact Manager of Stewardship & Fundraising Events Corinne Wardian at cwardian@massart.edu or (617) 879 7022.