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Student Call for Art FAQs

I am a Professional & Continuing Education student at MassArt. May I participate in the Auction and do I need to attend the student jury session?

Professional & Continuing Education students should complete the online submission form by the October 27, 2019 deadline. However, Professional & Continuing Education students DO NOT need to attend the in-person student jurying session on November 21, 2019. Please indicate your affiliation by choosing MassArt Professional/Continuing ed Student under “Please Choose Your MassArt Affiliation” and visit our Call for Art FAQs for more information. 

I am a current MassArt senior or grad student. May I participate in the Auction? 

Current seniors and MFA candidates, in all areas of study, are welcome to submit work to the Auction. 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.

How do I submit my work to the Auction?  

Please fill out the online submission form and indicate your student affiliation on the online form by choosing “MassArt Current Student” under Choose your MassArt Affiliation and fill in the corresponding education summary information (major, grad year, etc.). The deadline for current senior and MFA candidate submissions is November 18, 2019.

In addition to completing the online submission form, current seniors and MFA candidates are required to attend an in-person jurying session, which will be held in the Huntington Studio on the 3rd floor of the Design and Media Center on November 21, 2019. 

Students should plan to bring up to three finished pieces to the in-person jury session. Artwork drop off for the jury session will occur between 9 AM and 12 PM and students can pick up their works between 3 PM and 5 PM the same day. No artwork will be accepted after 12 PM as the jury session begins immediately.  

I am not available to pick up or drop off my work; may I send someone to drop off/pick up work for me?  

Yes, students who are unable to come during drop off or pick up times may send someone in their place.

Do you have example of previously accepted artwork?  

Yes. Please visit Paddle 8 to see artwork accepted into the 2019 MassArt Auction.

When will I find out if my piece has been accepted?  

Students will be notified of the jury's decision and information regarding next steps by Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Do I have to pick up my work if it was accepted into the Auction?  

Yes, all work submitted for consideration must be picked up on November 21 between 3 PM and 5 PM. Artwork selected for the 31st MassArt Auction will need to be ready to be installed, including framing, by April 2, 2020. Artworks may be dropped off (in protective wrapping), on March 28 between 10 AM - 4 PM and on March 31 and April 2 between 4 PM - 7 PM in the Design and Media Center. 

Does artwork need to be framed for the jurying session?  

Artwork does not need to be framed for the jurying, however, accepted works will need to be framed and/or ready to hang in time for the Auction. MassArt will provide complimentary professional framing to anyone who chooses to donate 100% of their sale to student scholarships, however, MassArt will ask to be reimbursed for the framing in the event the piece does not sell.

Do I receive any of the proceeds from the sale of my work?  

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 two free tickets to the Auction on April 25 (a $600 value), in addition to receiving 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.  

If my work is accepted, can I attend the MassArt Auction?  

Yes!  Those electing to donate 100% of their artwork sales will receive two free tickets to the Auction (a $600 value).   

Those electing to receive 50% of their artwork sale back receive one free auction ticket and the option to purchase one discounted ticket at $75. 

All accepted 2020 MassArt Auction artists will receive two free tickets to the Opening Reception.   

Tickets to both the MassArt Auction and the Opening Reception will be held at the door. 

What mediums are featured in the Auction?  

The MassArt Auction encourages all disciplines to apply, however, due to space limitations, large works and those that require intricate or complex installation are hard to accommodate.     

I am unfamiliar with how to value my work; can the Auction staff decide my piece's value?  

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. Please keep in mind, bidding usually opens at 60% of the artist's fair estimated value.    

What if my artwork does not sell?  When will I be notified if my artwork sold?  

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by June 1, 2020.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, you may pick up your artwork from MassArt after June 1, 2020. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2020  will become property of the MassArt Foundation and may be sold at a later time without consignment to the donating artist/entity. Artists are responsible for paying for the return shipment of unsold artwork.

Important Dates to Remember   

  • Senior and MFA Candidate Submission Deadline: November 18, 2019

  • Jurying Session: November 21, 2019

    • Drop off 9 AM-12 PM, Pick up 3 PM-5 PM that day.

  • Accepted Artwork Drop of Dates: 

    • March 28, 10AM-4PM

    • March 31, 4-7PM

    • April 2, 4-7PM 

  • Selected artwork due at MassArt: April 2, 2020

  • Auction: April 25, 2020

  • Notification of Artwork Sales: June 1, 2020             

More questions?

Please feel free to contact us at auction@massart.edu or 617.879.7014.