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MassArt Announces 29th Annual Auction

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Left: Elisa Hamilton. Shoe Shift, 2017. Mixed Media on Paper. 22″ x 22″. Courtesy of the artist. Center: TRIIIBE. Table for Three: Iteration 3, 2010. Archival inkjet print. 21.15″ x 45″. ©TRIIIBE Partners, 2010, courtesy of the artist. Right: Takashi Murakami. An Homage to Monogold 1960 A, 2012. Lithograph. 29.25″ x 20.875″. Courtesy of RYAN LEE, New York. )

MassArt announces 29th annual auction to support student scholarships and academic programs

With Nearly 1200 Submissions, Live and Silent Auction Will Feature More Than 300 Contemporary Works of Art by Emerging to Established Artists

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces the 29th Annual MassArt Auction, which will take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt. Selected from nearly 1200 submissions, the live and silent auctions will feature more than 300 works of art in a range of media by emerging to established artists. The 2018 live auction will include 34 pieces by internationally renowned artists, including Robert Freeman, Takashi Murakami, Alison Saar, Claes Oldenburg and new auction artist Sangbin Im; and local artists such as MassArt faculty members Rania Matar and Fred Liang, and MassArt alumni TRIIIBE  BFA ‘01 and Clint Baclawski MFA ‘08 who is offering this year’s sole commission.

This year’s silent auction of 288 lots features noteworthy artists, including Arlene Shechet, Robert Rauschenberg, LaVaughan Jenkins BFA ‘05, MassArt faculty member James Mason BFA ‘81, Christian Restrepo BFA ‘15, and Elisa Hamilton BFA ‘07.

The MassArt Auction annually draws a crowd of over 700 collectors and art enthusiasts seeking to view and purchase exceptional contemporary art while supporting the College. All proceeds provide vital scholarship aid and academic program support for MassArt students. Last year’s auction was the highest grossing MassArt Auction in history, with over $1.3 million raised. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018
6:30 PM — Doors Open
8:00 PM — Live Auction begins

Opening Reception* 
March 28, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm
*Admission to Opening Reception included with Auction sponsorship or advance ticket purchase.

Public Preview Days
March 29 – April 5, 12:00pm – 7:00pm
(Closed Sunday and during private events)


Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Bakalar & Paine Galleries (enter through the Design and Media Center)
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


$300 in advance / $350 at the door
To purcahse tickets and learn about sponsorship, visit


For more information, call 617.879.7014, email or visit To arrange for corporate receptions or private viewings in the galleries contact Kathryn Calnan, Executive Director of Advancement, at or 617.879.7012.


About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, Project Runway Season 15 winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit Follow MassArt on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Susie Stockwell, Director of Communications • 617.879.7066

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