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MCAD Art Sale

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Held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving, the MCAD Art Sale is your chance to buy one-of-a-kind art created by students and recent graduates at unbeatable prices.

Now in its seventeenth year, the sale is a Minnesota tradition that has generated more than $2,000,000 for emerging artists. All proceeds go directly to the individual artists or to MCAD Art Sale Scholarship funds.

This event has gained a tremendous reputation as one of the nation's top destinations for affordable, appreciable artwork by leading-edge artists who are creating not only what's new, but also what's next.

Dates and Tickets

November 20, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
$150 until the day of the Art Sale 
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November 21, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

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November 22, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.




Reviews of the MCAD Art Sale

City Pages

“One of the largest fine art sales in the Midwest takes place right here in Minnesota at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.”

Star Tribune

“Arguably the best original art sale in the Twin Cities . . . fans line up about 30 to 45 minutes before the velvet ropes come down on Thursday and Friday . . . If you haven't been to the sale before, I highly recommend it.”


“Ah, the MCAD Art Sale. The art hunter's dream come true. Each year the school holds the biggest art sale in the Twin Cities within their sprawling halls, featuring over 7,000 pieces up for grabs . . . Personally, we can spend hours nitpicking through this amazing sale; the size and scope of it is simply, wonderfully maddening . . . Our advice? Wear a nut cup; collectors do not mess around at the MCAD Art Sale.”

Secrets of the City

“Each year local art aficionados flock in droves to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's annual art sale. Why? Well, combine hundreds of majorly talented student and alumni artists, over 7,000 works, price points under $1,000 (with most under $100) and you've got the recipe for a rabid, art-buying frenzy.”

Pioneer Press

“For more than a decade, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's annual art sale has become a must-stop for those wanting to add to their collection or folks who are just looking for something they love to hang on their wall.”


“As an event, the Art Sale is one of the most energetic art free-for-alls of the year. Not just a collection of paintings, this is the sort of happening I regularly chide people for missing. It has everything I champion: not just wild art, but work by young, challenging people who live and were schooled here. Think local, cool, regional hip. More, it's an event that brings us into contact with the artists, the school, and other edgy art lovers looking for deals on undiscovered masterpieces.”

Travel and Accommodations


A convenient light rail system connects the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to downtown Minneapolis and several other locations. Buses, taxis, and shuttles are also available for ground transportation.


A number of hotel options are available in downtown Minneapolis within a short drive or ride on public transportation to the campus of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.