Director, Communications and External Relations
MCAD Art Sale FAQ
Yes. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
Thousands of original artworks by current MCAD students and alumni who have graduated within the last five years.
Contemporary work across all media: paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, furniture, toys, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more. Additionally, some of our filmmaking, animation, and multimedia students sell DVDs of their work.
No. The artists directly benefit from the sale. However, there is an opportunity for guests to support Art Sale artists by making a donation to MCAD scholarship funds.
Pretty much! Eighty percent of every dollar goes directly into the pockets of the artists and the remaining twenty percent covers the cost of producing the event. All additional donations made at checkout or proceeds from the Art Sale Altruists Club are dedicated to the MCAD Art Sale Endowed Scholarship fund. Any additional proceeds from the event are dedicated to the NOW Scholarship program to immediately benefit current students in the form of tuition assistance. In 2012, the MCAD Art Sale distributed $231,000 to artists and $46,000 to MCAD scholarships.
No. Artists earn from the sales of their own work.
The average price for all sales through the event is consistently around $100. Student artists are limited to a maximum cost of $1,000 per piece. Alumni artists are limited to a maximum of $1,500 per piece.
The first year of the sale offered about one thousand works by eighty-six artists. In 2012, our fifteenth anniversary, we offered 6,611 original artworks by 461 artists.
A lot of it has to do with the quality of the work and MCAD's reputation as an art and design school, as well as increased participation from students and alumni and general word of mouth among the arts community.
Everyone from serious collectors who know what they're looking for to browsers who are curious to see what MCAD is all about. Because it's MCAD, people know they'll find leading-edge work created by artists who can forecast trends.
The MCAD Art Sale was started by staff members as a way to celebrate MCAD students and connect them to the community.
Saturday is perfect for family shopping. Admission is free, the hours are longer, and there is a scavenger hunt for kids to participate in throughout the sale. On Thursday and Friday everyone, except infants, needs a ticket.
Yes. Everything at the sale is an original work of art.
Paintings, prints, and photographs are usually the most popular items but this changes slightly from year to year.
More than seven hundred students are currently enrolled in MCAD's academic programs.