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Student Call for Art FAQs

Who can submit work to the Auction?  
Current seniors and MFA candidates, in all areas of study, are welcome to submit work to the Auction.  MassArt Professional and Continuing Education students may apply via the online application. 

How do I submit my work to the Auction?  
Current seniors and MFA candidates should bring up to three finished pieces to the Huntington Studio on the 3rd floor of the Design and Media Center on November 29, 2018. Students should plan to drop off their work between 9 AM and 12 PM and pick up works between 3 PM and 5 PM the same day. No artwork will be accepted after 12 PM as the jury session begins immediately.   

What else do I need to bring?  
Student submitting artwork need to complete the student submission form. To save time, we recommend you complete this form in advance and bring it with you when you drop off your artwork(s). Blank copies of this form will also be available when you drop off your work. 

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. Please download the student submission form and send the completed form along with your work.

Do you have example of previously accepted artwork?  
Yes. Please visit Paddle 8 to see artwork accepted into the 2018 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 on Friday, November 30.

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 29 between 3 PM and 5 PM. Artwork selected for the 30th Anniversary MassArt Auction will need to be ready to be installed, including framing, by April 4, 2019. Artworks may be dropped off (in protective wrapping), on March 31 between 10 AM - 4 PM and on April 2 and 4 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.

For those who have elected to receive a percentage of their back and are in need of framing we recommend contacting Amanda Accardi '06 at Around the Corner Framing for discounted framing services.    

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 27 (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 either 25% or 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 25% or 50% of their artwork sale back receive one free auction ticket and the option to purchase one discounted ticket at $75. 

All accepted 2019 MassArt Auction artists will receive two free tickets to the Opening Reception April 22, 2019.   

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 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, 2019.  If in the unfortunate case your artwork does not sell, you may pick up your artwork from MassArt after June 1, 2019. Any artwork that remains unclaimed by June 30, 2019  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   

  • Jurying Session: November 29, 2018. Drop off 9 AM-12 PM, Pick up 3 PM-5 PM that day.
  • Selected artwork due at MassArt: April 4, 2019
  • Opening Reception: April 22, 2019
  • Auction: April 27, 2019
  • Notification of Artwork Sales: June 1, 2019             

More questions?
Please feel free to contact us at or 617.879.7014.