Art Sale Top Seller: Lindsay Splichal

What does it take to be a top seller at the annual MCAD Art Sale? We asked Lindsay Splichal, one of the best of the last two decades, to talk us through her experience and share her secrets. 

North Dakota based artist Lindsay Splichal ’12 works in printmaking, sculpture, and installation. She recently received her MFA in print media from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has received numerous residencies along with solo and group exhibitions including the Jerome Highpoint Center for Printmaking Residency, The White Page, Public Functionary, Yeah Maybe, and Playground Detroit. Splichal has worked with multiple institutions in their education departments such as Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Cranbrook Art Museum. She continues to further her career as a Detroit artist.

What mediums do you primarily work in?

Printmaking, Xerox transfer, acrylic, cement, sculpture, and installation.

What has MCAD meant for you in terms of launching your creative career?

MCAD gave me a lot of technical skills sets that have allowed me specific jobs. The faculty there connected me with the Minneapolis communities which furthered my career as an instructor and artist. 

Where are you now in your career/what does your primary artist practice look like?

I finished my MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in May. I currently work for a local artist as their studio assistant and manager.

As for my practice, I am in the studio on a weekly basis making prints and sculpture works. 

Where can people find your work?

Final works:
Works and process-based: @06_11_90

I have a two-person show opening October 12 in New York City through Pratt Institute.

If you are interested in any works contact me directly through Instagram or email

Can you describe a memorable sale or moment from the Art Sale?

I would have to say my final year of participation, my framed wall of prints became emptied after the final day of the sale. That felt pretty good to know all these works were with people where they would be appreciated in their homes. 

What do you love about making art?

Making work progresses my journey to understand self, as the self is complex. 

Have you ever done an art swap for a piece from the Art Sale? Describe your favorite piece.

I've traded many works with artists from the sale. Trade while you can—you never know when you will see these artists again! I've purchased a few works over the years. My favorite trade would have to be with Taylor Mund, in which I received a minimalist welded steel piece ❤️. 

What Art Sale advice would you give young MCAD artists?

Advice from Splichal:

  • People are mostly looking for items to accompany their living room couch.... as much as we may not want to think that, it's the truth. 
  • I would avoid putting in drawings from Drawing I. People don't want those things as they are very generic. 
  • There are multiple days to the sale which means there will be different audiences per day. Be prepared for every audience. What I mean by that is have different priced pieces for different days. ex: evening one, high priced items will sell more-so then the $25 items. $25 works will be more likely to sell on the free day.
    • DO NOT cut prices the first night. Someone else will come along the next few days and give you what you want for it. 
  • Don't sell yourself short. People want to bargain prices like there is no tomorrow. Stay firm, and respect your prices! It's just money (comes and goes) and once that work is gone, it's gone. 
  • Don't sell something if you need it for reviews as those conversations and work for your show are important. You will be making work for the rest of your life and you can sell that work later in a future art sale when you don't need it anymore. 
  • If you make prints, GET THEM FRAMED and shrink wrap a few! People don't want to take the time to frame things. You can also add a $150/$300 to your price if you purchase from IKEA or get them professionally framed. It really is worth it, so invest that time so you can make that money! 
  • It's a really smart idea to work the sale because it helps you sell your work.
    • ex: If you are standing in the area of your work wearing an MCAD shirt, you can approach buyers easily and ask if they have any questions regarding the work. They will often ask if you know the artist and what the work is about. If you are the artist you will probably sway the buyer into a purchase of your work or your peers because you were able to connect with the buyers. The more people know about the works/process/concepts, the more they become interested. Don't be afraid to talk to people. Communication is something that will take you far. 

Good luck MCAD peeps!!! ❤️ 


Additional Top Sellers

*Note that the term "Top Seller" is defined both in sales and number of pieces sold.
**Splichal will not have works for sale at this year's MCAD Art Sale; only current students and graduates from the past five years are eligible to participate.