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Student Call for Art

Student Call for Art Now open!

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is excited to usher in another year of the MassArt Auction and invites seniors and graduate students to submit artwork of any medium for consideration in the 2021 MassArt Auction. Student artwork submissions will be accepted between October 15 and November 15, 2020.


For more information and questions see our Student Call for Art FAQs below. 

Student Call for Art FAQs

When and how will the Auction be held this year? 

Times are changing, and so are we. Building upon the success of last year’s all virtual event, Massachusetts College of Art and Design is pleased to announce our updated plans for the 2021 MassArt Auction. The health and safety of our community members, on and off campus, are important to us, so our Live Auction will take place via live stream on our virtual auction platform, Bidsquare, on the evening of Saturday, April 10, 2021. The Silent Auction will also be posted to Bidsquare and open for a two week period of bidding, starting on or around March 27, 2021.  

* Please note that Auction event dates and details are subject to change. Our team will be closely monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and making adjustments to our strategy as we move forward.

I am a Professional & Continuing Education student at MassArt. May I participate in the Auction?

Professional & Continuing Education students are welcome to participate in the Auction and should complete the general online submission form by the October 25, 2020 deadline. Please indicate your affiliation by choosing MassArt Professional/Continuing ed Student under “Please Choose Your MassArt Affiliation” and visit our general 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 as part of the Student Call for Art 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, even in a digital format.

How do I submit my work to the Auction? 

Please fill out the online Student Call for Art submission form, and confirm your student affiliation on the online form by choosing the option(s) that apply, “MassArt Undergraduate Student” and/or “MassArt Graduate Student,” under "Confirm Your MassArt Affiliation" and fill in the corresponding grad year. The deadline for current senior and MFA candidate submissions is November 15, 2020.

Will there be an In-Person Jury Session this year? 

Typically, the Student Call for Art is accompanied by an in-person student jury session on campus. Unfortunately, we will have to move this year's student jury session to a digital format, but have provided the options for student artists to add descriptions, upload multiple images, and include a link to video or audio components for each artwork on the submission form, since the jury will be unable to physically see the works in person this year.

Do you have examples of previously accepted artwork? 

Yes. Please visit the MassArt Auction page on Bidsquare or last year’s digital catalog to see artwork featured in the 2020 MassArt Auction.

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

All artists will be notified as to whether or not their artwork was accepted by December 21, 2020, via email. 

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 special recognition on the Auction website. 

For those that wish to receive a percentage of their artwork sale back, we do offer the option to receive 50% of the sale proceeds.

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

Due to the event’s virtual nature, there will be no ticket sales this year, but we do encourage everyone to participate virtually on Bidsquare. 

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 typically 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. Note that bidding usually opens at 60% of the artist's fair estimated value. We've compiled a quick resource for framing tips and factors to take into consideration that you might find useful when valuing your work. 

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, 2021.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, the Auction team will be in touch to make arrangements for the return of the piece. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2021, 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 15, 2020
  • Live Auction: April 10, 2021
  • Virtual Silent Auction: March 27, 2021 - April 10, 2021
  • Virtual Live Auction: April 10, 2021
  • Virtual Opening Reception:  March 31, 2021
  • Notification of Artwork Sales: June 1, 2021

More questions?

For information or questions on artwork submissions, please contact Olga Batyuk, Fundraising Events Coordinator, at or 617.879.7014.