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Massart auction Student call for art is coming soon!

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is excited to usher in another year of the MassArt Auction. In honor of MassArt's 150th Anniversary year, we are pleased to announce that the 2023 MassArt Auction Student Call for Art will be open to all MassArt students, starting October 14 through November 13, 2022. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

Student Call for Art Opens: October 14, 2022
Student Call for Art Info Session: October 21, 2022
Submissions Due: November 13, 2022
Notification of Selection: December 19, 2022
MassArt Live Auction: April 1, 2023
Notification of Artwork Sale: June 1, 2023

Please note that Auction event dates and details are subject to change. 

CONTACT

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

Mailing Address:

The MassArt Auction 
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
621 Huntington Avenue 
Boston, MA 02115 USA

Student CALL FOR ART - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

All Undergraduate and Graduate students will be invited to submit to the Student Call for Art beginning October 13 through November 14, 2022.

Continuing Education students will be invited to submit to our General Call for Art, starting September 6, through October 23, 2022. 

Professional & Continuing Education students are welcome to participate in the Auction and should complete the General Call for Art Submission Form by the October 23, 2022 deadline. Please indicate your affiliation by choosing MassArt Continuing Education Student under “Please Choose Your MassArt Affiliation” and visit our general Call for Art FAQs for more information.

Please fill out the online Student Call for Art Submission Form, indicating your student affiliation by choosing either “MassArt Undergraduate Student” or “MassArt Graduate Student” under "Please confirm your MassArt affiliation.” When prompted, please select your corresponding graduation year. If you are a graduate student who also received an undergraduate degree from MassArt, please select all options that apply. The deadline for student submissions is November 13, 2022.

Artist Information

  • Artist First and Last Name, as well as Artist Name for Printing
  • Primary contact’s First and Last name
  • Primary contact’s mailing address, email address, and telephone number
  • Gallery information, if applicable (contact name, gallery name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number)
  • Graduation year
  • Tax information (International or domestic artist)
  • Was the work produced inside or outside of the United States?

Catalog Information

  • Brief Artist Bio, describing your educational, professional, and creative background. (400 character limit)
  • Artist website, if available
  • Artist Social Media, if available (Instagram and Twitter)

Artwork Information 

  • Title
  • Year of creation
  • Edition number, if applicable
  • Medium description
  • Artwork dimensions in inches
  • Is the work signed? If so, front or back?
  • Courtesy line
  • Artwork dimensions
  • Display instructions
  • Artwork value (must include the cost of framing - note that all works must be framed except for 3D works and works on canvas)
  • Consignment preference (0% - full donation to the college, or 50% - partial donation to the college)
  • Good quality image of your piece (JPEG or JPG file only, 100 MB max, 1200 pixels or larger on the longest side)

The MassArt Auction encourages all disciplines to apply; however, due to space limitations, large-scale pieces that exceed 36 inches in height or width or works that require intricate installations are typically hard to accommodate.

Yes. Please visit the MassArt Auction page on Bidsquare or last year’s digital catalog to see artwork featured in the 2022 MassArt Auction.

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. We strongly recommend contacting a framing vendor to get a true framing estimate for individual pieces, as specific details may vary. Note that bidding usually opens at 60% of the artist's fair estimated value. 

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

Similar to the 2022 MassArt Auction, we are planning to host the 2023 event in a hybrid format, inclusive of both virtual and in-person components.

A Live Auction is a high-energy event where an auctioneer presents auction items and manages the bidding process. Typically, our Live Auction contains between 30 - 35 pieces that tend to be some of our most highly-valued items. The Live Auction is usually about a one and a half hour program that takes place on the night of the MassArt Auction event, with bidding placed through the auctioneer and occuring in real-time.

A Silent Auction has a longer bidding period of up to three weeks where participants place bids on auction items independently and on their own time. Typically, our Silent Auction has three sections, each containing ~100 pieces each.

All artists will be notified as to whether or not their artwork was accepted by December 19, 2022, via email. Please do not contact MassArt directly. 

In past years, all participating artists have received access to tickets for the MassArt Auction and Opening Reception. Due to the continued effects of the pandemic and the uncertainties regarding event capacity at this time, the specific details surrounding artist ticket distribution have not yet been determined for 2023. We will plan to share this information as soon as our plans are finalized and they become available.

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.

Please indicate your preferred consignment percentage on the submission form. 

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by June 1, 2023.  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, 2023, will become the property of the MassArt Foundation and may be sold at a later time without consignment to the donating artist/entity. Artists are responsible for picking up or paying for the return shipment of unsold artwork.

Contact the Fundraising Events Team at auction@massart.edu or 617.879.7014.