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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 eighteenth year, the MCAD Art Sale is a Minnesota tradition that has generated more than $2,500,000 for emerging artists. All proceeds go directly to the individual artists or to the MCAD Art Sale Scholarship Fund.

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

Dates and Tickets

November 19, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
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November 20, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
$25 in advance; $30 at the door

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November 21, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors

Susan and Justin Kelly


Reviews of the MCAD Art Sale


“Each year, MCAD opens its doors for a three-day art sale that can only be described as epic. Thousands of works are available for sale. That number is no joke. There are hallways filled with paintings, stacks of mounted photography, common areas with sculptures, rooms filled with comic art, cases offering jewelry, and pretty much anything else that falls under 'visual art.'”
–City Pages

“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.”
–Star Tribune

“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.”

“Each year local art aficionados flock in droves to MCAD'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.”
–Secrets of the City

“MCAD'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.”
–Pioneer Press


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