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MassArt Announces 31st Auction, to be Held Virtually on April 25, 2020

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(left) Julian Opie. New York Couple 6. from the Series New York Couples., Edition 5 of 55, 2019. Screenprint with inkjet and collage on Canson conservation board. 48.25” x 37.875”. Courtesy the artist and Krakow Witkin Gallery. (center) Scott Bakal. Earth Day 2019, Pollinators, 2019. Mixed media on paper. 18” x 11”. Courtesy the artist. (right) Lavaughan Jenkins. Not for Resale, 2019. Oil paint with foam and modeling paste structure. 18”x12”x12”. Courtesy the artist and Abigail Ogilvy Gallery.

the virtual event will support artists and massart scholarships

Boston, MA – Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces that it will host this year’s 31st MassArt Auction online using Bidsquare, a leading virtual auction platform. Participants may go to to register for the silent and live auctions, which will offer over 350 contemporary works by both emerging and established artists including internationally renowned visual artist Julian Opie and Foster Prize recipient Lavaughan Jenkins ‘05. The virtual live auction will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET, and will be conducted by auctioneer Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner Auction House, and MassArt Trustee. Bidding for the silent auction will open Friday, April 10 at noon, and ends Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET. 

The auction, co-chaired this year by Elizabeth Lowrey (Principal, Director of Interior Architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects and MassArt Honorary Degree Recipient) and John Thompson (artist, alumnus and MassArt Fine Arts 2D Faculty), has raised more than $1 million in each of the last five years. Proceeds from the auction go directly to the artists and to MassArt scholarships and academic programs.

In addition to the shift to online bidding, other firsts for the 2020 live auction include being the first year a student (MassArt photography student Tavon Taylor ‘20) will have a piece in the live auction, as well as the first year a piece of wearable art (a necklace by Rebecca Hannon) will be featured in the live auction. 

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