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MassArt Announces its 28th Annual Auction Saturday, April 8, 2017

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The MassArt Auction Supports Student Scholarships and Academic Programs

Live and Silent Auction Featuring over 300 Contemporary Works of Art by Emerging to Established Artists

Left: Romare Bearden. Girl in the Garden, 1979. Color lithograph. 29” x 21”. 8 of 150. Courtesy of Mary Ryan Gallery. Center: Louise Nevelson. Sky Garden, 1971. Lead intaglio. 30 ⅛” x 25 ¼”. Edition of 150. Published by Pace Editions, Inc. © Louise Nevelson / Artist Rights Society, NY. Photo courtesy of Pace Prints. Right: Erin Riley ’07. Nudes 17, 2014. 45” x 48” x 1”. Hand-woven textile.


Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces the 28th MassArt Auction will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt. Over 300 works of art in a range of media from emerging to established artists, including MassArt alumni and students, will be available for bid in the silent and live auction. Social justice, identity, and feminism emerge as themes among many of the pieces selected this year.

The 2017 live auction includes 35 works by internationally renowned artists including Romare Bearden, Shepard Fairey, Louise Nevelson, and Kara Walker; and local artists such as MassArt faculty Rania Matar and emerging artists MassArt alumni Clint Baclawski MFA ’08 and Erin Riley BFA ’07. This year’s silent auction of 293 pieces also boasts a wide range of celebrated artists, including Nick Cave, MassArt faculty Matthew Connors, Nelson Da Costa, Jess T. Dugan ‘07, and Sophie Hughes ’08.

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 from this spectacular night 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 million raised. 


Saturday, April 8, 2017
6:30 PM — Doors Open
8:00 PM — Live Auction begins

*OPENING RECEPTION: March 29, 2017, 6-8 PM
Admission to Opening Reception included with Auction sponsorship or advance ticket purchase.

PUBLIC PREVIEW DAYS: March 30 – April 6, 2017, 12-7 PM (Closed Sunday, April 2 and during private events


Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Bakalar & Paine Galleries (enter through 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 corporate receptions or private viewings in the galleries contact Kathryn Calnan, Executive Director of Advancement, at or 617.879.7012.

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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, 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: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contact 

Susie Stockwell, Director of Communications, 617.879.7066

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