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CALL FOR ART is Open!

As MassArt welcomes students back to campus this fall for a hybrid semester of learning and making, our team is excited to usher in another year of the MassArt Auction. Planning for this year’s event is already underway, and you know what that means— this year’s Auction Call for Art is now open!

Submissions to the 2022 MassArt Auction will be accepted from September 7, 2021, through October 24, 2021, via the online Call for Art form.

Submit to the Call for Art

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

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

Submissions due: October 24, 2021 
Notification of selection: December 20, 2021 
MassArt Auction: April 9, 2022 (Live Auction Night)  
Notification of artwork sale: June 1, 2022

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.    

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

When and how will the Auction be held this year? 

As MassArt welcomes students back this fall for a return to making and learning in a hybrid environment, the Auction team begins its preparations for the 2022 MassArt Auction, which we plan to hold in a hybrid format on April 9, 2022*.  

* 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.  

What do you mean by hybrid Auction? 

The health and safety of our community members, on and off-campus, are important to us. For the 2022 Auction, we are currently planning to host the event in a hybrid format, inclusive of both virtual and in-person components. 

What is the difference between a Live and a Silent Auction?

A Live Auction is a high-energy event where an auctioneer presents auction items and manages the bidding process in real-time. Typically, our Live Auction contains between 30 - 35 pieces that tend to be some of our most highly-valued items.

A Silent Auction has a longer bidding period of up to two 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 each.

When are you accepting submissions? 

Submissions to the 2022 MassArt Auction will be accepted from September 7, 2021, through October 24, 2021, through the online Call for Art form. 

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 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 and 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 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

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, 2021, 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.

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.   

Do accepted artists receive tickets to the Auction?  

In past years, all participating artists have received access to tickets for the MassArt Auction and Opening Reception.  Due to the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic at this time, the specific details surrounding artist ticket distribution have not yet been determined for 2022.  We will plan to share this information as soon as our plans are finalized and they become available.

When can I drop off my artwork? 

Following 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.* 

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.

When will I be notified if my artwork sold? 

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by June 1, 2022.  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, 2022. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2022, 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. 

More Questions?  

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