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Minneapolis, MN—July 9,  2020—Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) announces MCAD Auction Online, its first-ever, free, online art auction featuring thirty original artworks by distinguished alumni, friends, and faculty. Proceeds from the auction will support student scholarships. With 97% of its student body receiving some type of financial assistance, the annual auction is vital to incoming and current students. Since 2013, the MCAD Auction has raised more than one million dollars for MCAD students.

This year, in response to the killing of George Floyd, the MCAD Auction Online will support two additional fundraising opportunities: The Black Leadership Award, a newly endowed scholarship for Black students, and The Whittier Alliance, a non-profit organization that supports MCAD’s neighborhood which was dramatically impacted by the recent city protests. This decision is part of MCAD’s larger Strategy for Community Support and Recovery. For the first 150 donations of $100 or more, MCAD will offer a limited-edition print by Peng Wu, MFA ’13. Exclusive daily giveaways will be announced for donors throughout the event.

  • The MCAD Auction Online is a free event and will run from July 23-28, 2020, featuring: 
  • A virtual auction of thirty pieces, ranging in value of $100-$10,000  
  • A free, signature cocktail recipe by local distillery Royal Foundry Crafts and Spirits
  • A live, virtual kick-off at 7 p.m. on July 23 featuring a video welcome from MCAD President Sanjit Sethi
  • A curated playlist to listen to while bidding
  • Exclusive daily giveaways for fund-a-need donations: beginning with a limited edition screenprint from Peng Wu, MFA ’13 for the first 150 donations of $100 or more.
  • Video presentations by several of the featured artists–Jonathan Herrera Soto ’17, Ellen Thomson ’19, MA, Hend Al-Mansour ’13, MFA, and Song Thao ’11.


An Online Auction Benefiting MCAD Student Scholarships and The Whittier Alliance 

When: Kick-off, viewing, and bidding begin July 23, 2020 at 7 p.m. CDT, closes on July 28, 2020 at 9 p.m. CDT

RSVP: This event is free and open to all; subscribe to event updates at for early access to the catalog and bidding guide, and a chance to win tickets to the 2021 MCAD Auction. 


The Minneapolis College of Art and Design Scholarship Fund is committed to making a world-class art and design education accessible to the next generation of innovative thinkers and creative, cultural leaders, regardless of income. More than $11 million in scholarships is awarded to students each year; 97% of MCAD students receive some sort of financial aid; and 26% of incoming students in 2019 were first-generation college students.  

MCAD awards ninety different scholarships designed to serve specific needs, and this year, as part of a larger Strategy for Community Support and Recovery, gifts made through the MCAD Auction Online will help establish a new Black Leadership Award: an endowed scholarship fund that will be awarded annually to Black students who are enrolled at MCAD full-time, who demonstrate merit and have financial need.


Whittier–where MCAD is located–is home to a diverse array of residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. To meet the urgent needs of the current moment, The Whittier Alliance is working to help Black- and POC-owned businesses rebuild, to provide emergency funds to residents, and much more. Because MCAD recognizes that our health and stability is directly intertwined with that of our neighbors, a portion of fund-a-need gifts will support The Whittier Alliance. 


Hend Al-Mansour ’13, MFA

Liz Banfield

Hazel Belvo, Professor Emeritus

David Bierk

Laurie Borggreve

Bennett Bossert

Betsy Byers ’08, MFA

Marcia Cushmore

Rita Dungey

David Eberhardt ’93

Elizabeth Erickson, Professor Emeritus

Susan Fink ’97

Sam Busko ’17 and Kiley Friese ’18 

Isa Gagarin ’08

Linda Gammell

Betty Hahn

Jonathan Herrera Soto ’17

Jim Hillegass

Lauri Lyons ’93

Shelly Mosman ’95

Todd Norsten ’90

John-Paul Pietrus ’93

Nirmal Raja

Bobby Rogers ’14

Sanjit Sethi, President 

Song Thao ’11

Ellen Thomson ’19, MA

Mieko Yamazaki  ’01

Karen M. Wirth, Professor Emeritus



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