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MassArt Announces 30th Anniversary Auction

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(Left: June August. RBG RED, 2018. Silkscreen. 47.5″ x 31.5.” Courtesy the artist. Center: Dinorá Justice. Portrait Four – after Matisse’s “Reclining Nude”, 2017. Acrylic and oil on Canvas. 38″ x 52.” Courtesy the artist and Gallery NAGA. Right: Alex Katz. White Impatiens, 2015. Twenty-six Color Silkscreen on 425 Gram Paper. 70″ x 56.” Courtesy the artist and Krakow Witkin Gallery.)


30th anniversary Auction to Support Student Scholarships and Academic Programs

Live and Silent Auction Will Feature More Than 300 Contemporary Works of Art by Emerging and Established Artists, Including Nine Custom Commissions

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces the 30th Anniversary MassArt Auction, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the Design and Media Center at MassArt. The live auction will occur in the Design and Media Center Atrium with silent auction art installed in surrounding spaces. The Auction will feature more than 300 works of art in a range of media by emerging and established artists. The 2019 live auction will include 33 pieces by internationally renowned artists, including Alex Katz, Elizabeth Peyton, William Wegman ‘65, and Jack Pierson ‘84, who have been featured in past MassArt Auctions, and Nathalia Edenmont and Martine Gutierrez who are new to the Auction this year, as well as local artists such as June August, Dinorá Justice, and MassArt instructor Rania Matar.

This year’s Auction also features nine original commissions, in both the live and silent auctions, the most commissions ever offered at the MassArt Auction. These commissions offer the opportunity to purchase a piece of art that will be created especially for, or even featuring, the winning bidder. Featured commissions include a wall mural by Sophia Ainslie for a home or office space, a sculpture of a repeating stack of sandwiches by Justin Richel ‘02, and a private sitting with photographer Johnny Tang for one of his iconic clone portraits inspired by the buyer’s personality.

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. The MassArt Auction has raised more than $1 million in each of the last four years. All proceeds provide vital scholarship aid and academic program support for MassArt students.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

6:30pm — Doors Open
8:00pm — Live Auction begins

*Opening Reception: April 22, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Sponsored by Twin Focus Capital Partners LLC
Admission to Opening Reception included with Auction sponsorship or advance ticket purchase.

Public Preview Days: April 23 – 25, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Design and Media Center
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

$300 in advance / $350 at the door 
To purchase tickets and learn about sponsorships visit

For more information, call 617.879.7014, email or visit To arrange for private art viewings, please 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, a free professionally curated contemporary art space dedicated to enriching the academic curriculum and making contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are art dealer Arne Glimcher, designer Brian Collins, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, 2016 Project Runway 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.


Susie Stockwell, Director of Public Relations • 617.879.7066

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