Director, Communications and External Relations
MCAD Art Sale
Data from the 2012 MCAD Art Sale
Participating artists: 460 (293 current students, 167 recent graduates)
Artworks exhibited: 7,052
Artworks sold: More than $280,000
To be paid to artists: More than $220,000
Held annually since 1997, the MCAD Art Sale is a Minnesota tradition that has generated more than $2,000,000 for emerging artists. Through the event, MCAD students and recent graduates learn entrepreneurship skills and develop a network of collectors.
All event proceeds go directly to the individual artists or 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 who are creating not only what’s new, but what’s next.
Dates and Tickets
Please mark your calendars. The 2013 MCAD Art Sale will be November 21–23, the weekend before Thanksgiving.
“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.”
“One of the largest fine-art sales in the Midwest takes place right here in Minnesota at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.”
“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.”
“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 just to be one of the first to nab a Samantha French painting, for example … . If you haven't been to the sale before, I highly recommend it.”
“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 or 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.”
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