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Student Call for Art

THANK YOU!

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 2022 MassArt Auction. Student artwork submissions were accepted between October 15 and November 14, 2021 and are now closed. Thank you to all those who submitted! 

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

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 

Student Call for Art Info Session: November 5, 2021
Submissions due: November 14, 2021 
Notification of selection: December 20, 2021 
MassArt Auction: April 9, 2022 
Notification of artwork sale: June 1, 2022

*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.


Student Call for Art FAQs

Building upon the success of all virtual events of the past two years, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design is pleased to announce our plans for the 2022 MassArt Auction. The 2022 MassArt Auction is tentatively scheduled to take place in a hybrid format on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

What do you mean by hybrid Auction?

The health and safety of our community members, on and off-campus, are important to us. For the 2022 Auction, we are currently planning to host the event in a hybrid format, inclusive of both virtual and in-person event components. 

We know that the ability to view artwork in-person is an important and cherished experience tied to the MassArt Auction, and we currently have plans to hang all featured artwork from the Live and Silent Auctions for exhibition viewing. Detailed information on installation and viewing are being determined and are subject to change in accordance with MassArt's COVID-19 protocols and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

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 24, 2021 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 (undergraduate students graduating in 2022) and MFA candidates, in all areas of study, are welcome to submit work as part of the MassArt Auction Student Call for Art. 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 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 current senior and MFA candidate submissions is November 14, 2021.

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

Unfortunately, due to the new timeline of Phase 3 of the College's campus reopening plan, the MassArt Auction team will no longer be able to hold an in-person Student Jury Session this year. Instead, all student work will be reviewed by the Committee virtually. Students will not need to attend. Please contact auction@massart.edu with questions and concerns.

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 2021 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 20, 2021 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?

In past years, all participating artists have received access to tickets for the MassArt Auction and Opening Reception. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic at this time, the specific details surrounding artist ticket distribution have not yet been determined for 2022. We will plan to share this information as soon as our plans are finalized and they become available.

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. We 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.

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, 2022.  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, 2022 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.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Senior and MFA Candidate Submission Deadline: November 14, 2021

  • (Potentially virtual) Opening Reception: March 30, 2022

  • Hybrid Auction: April 9, 2022

  • Notification of Artwork Sales: June 1, 2022

More questions?

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