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General Call for Art

For the past couple of years, MassArt has invited all MassArt students to submit work to the MassArt Auction through the Student Call for Art. Stay tuned for Auction 2025 Student Call for Art dates and details coming soon!

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

Call for Art FAQs

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 pleased to invite all MassArt students to submit to this year’s Auction Student Call for Art! The MassArt Auction will be accepting submissions from all MassArt students for the 2024 MassArt Auction. Continuing Education students will be invited to submit to our General Call for Art, starting September 5 through October 22, 2023. All Undergraduate and Graduate students will be invited to submit to the Student Call for Art beginning October 13 through November 12, 2023. 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 2023 MassArt Auction.

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

Similar to last year’s event, we are planning to host the 2024 MassArt Auction 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 25 – 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, available for bidding through our online Auction platform. 

All artists will be notified as to whether or not their artwork was accepted by December 22, 2023, 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. We hope to continue this tradition this year and plan to share the specific details surrounding artist ticket distribution closer to the event. 

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 Auction artwork 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 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, 2024.  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, 2024. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2024, 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.

Student Call for Art

We were pleased to invite all MassArt students to submit to work to the 2024 Auction through the Student Call for Art. Artwork submissions were accepted between October 13 and November 12, 2023 for the 2024 Auction.

The Auction team held a student information session on October 26, 2023 – please see the slide deck below for general information. Student Call for Art information for the 2025 Auction will be posted her in the fall.

View the Slide Deck

For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions, see below.

Student Call for Art FAQs

All Undergraduate and Graduate students will be invited to submit to the Student Call for Art beginning October 13 through November 12, 2023.

Continuing Education students will be invited to submit to our General Call for Art, starting September 5, through October 22, 2023. 

Professional & Continuing Education students are welcome to participate in the Auction and should complete the General Call for Art Submission Form by the October 22, 2023 deadline. Please indicate your affiliation by choosing MassArt Continuing Education Student under “Please Choose Your MassArt Affiliation” and visit our general Call for Art FAQs for more information.

Please fill out the online Student Call for Art Submission Form, indicating your student affiliation by choosing either “MassArt Undergraduate Student” or “MassArt Graduate Student” under “Please confirm your MassArt affiliation.” When prompted, please select your corresponding graduation year. If you are a graduate student who also received an undergraduate degree from MassArt, please select all options that apply. The deadline for student submissions is November 12, 2023.

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)
  • Graduation year
  • 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 in inches
  • 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)

The MassArt Auction encourages all disciplines to apply; however, due to space limitations, large-scale pieces that exceed 36 inches in height or width or works that require intricate installations are typically hard to accommodate.

Yes. Please visit the MassArt Auction page on Bidsquare or last year’s digital catalog to see artwork featured in the 2023 MassArt Auction.

All students are required to provide a retail value for their artwork, including the cost of framing. The MassArt Foundation and its staff cannot value student artwork. When determining the value of your work, take your past retail history (if applicable), your cost of framing and materials, and your perceived value into consideration to estimate a fair retail value of your work.

To properly value your work, we strongly recommend contacting a framing vendor to get a true framing estimate for individual pieces, as specific details may vary. 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 a framing estimate and discounted framing services.

Similar to last year’s event, we are planning to host the 2024 MassArt Auction 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 25 – 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, available for bidding through our online Auction platform. 

All artists will be notified as to whether or not their artwork was accepted by December 22, 2023, via email. Please do not contact MassArt directly. 

In past years, all participating artists have received access to tickets for the MassArt Auction and Opening Reception. We hope to continue this tradition this year and plan to share the specific details surrounding artist ticket distribution closer to the event. 

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 special recognition on the Auction website. 

For those that wish to receive a percentage of their artwork sale back, we do offer the option to receive 50% of the sale proceeds.

Please indicate your preferred consignment percentage on the submission form. 

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by June 1, 2024.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, the Auction team will be in touch to make arrangements for the return of the piece.” Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2024, 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 picking up or paying for the return shipment of unsold artwork.

Contact

For information or questions on artwork submissions, please contact Kylie Enos, Fundraising Events Manager, 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

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621 Huntington Ave,
Boston, MA 02115

(617) 879-7000