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The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University invites you to submit your artwork for consideration in the 2021 virtual SMFA Art Sale. All students enrolled in an SMFA degree program, including BFA, MFA, Diploma, and Combined Degree, are invited to submit work online for consideration in the 2021 SMFA Art Sale’s call for student art.

The SMFA Art Sale is the leading contemporary sale in New England since 1980. Each year, our diversely talented students, alumni, faculty, and friends present work that is beautiful, thought-provoking, and responsive to what’s happening in the world.

We are pleased to present the 2021 Art Sale virtually for the second year in a row. All proceeds directly support student scholarships at SMFA Tufts, and the sale of your artwork allows us to open our doors to a more diverse population of students. 

We are dedicated to promoting the work of our students as much as possible and want to ensure that students are well-represented among those artists selected to participate. For this reason, there will be a separate call for student artwork. Please be sure to submit your work through the Student Call.

Submit Artwork

Important Dates

Submissions open: April 15, 2021
Submissions due: May 28, 2021
Notification of selection: June 22, 2021
VIP pre-sale and public online sale: October 7-November 4, 2021
Notification of artwork sold: November 5, 2021
Artist drop-off: November 10, 12, 13, and 15, 2021*

*Artwork must be completed, and participating artists must be able to deliver sold work during this timeframe. 

Contact

For information or questions on artwork submissions, contact us at smfaartsale@tufts.edu.

Share Your Work

Tag #SMFAartsale with submission images.

Online Submission Tutorial 

Watch this quick video to learn about the submission process. Please note there is no fee for applying to the SMFA Art Sale, and each artist may submit up to three (3) pieces for consideration.

Student Call for Art FAQs

How do I submit my work for consideration?

SMFA students enrolled in a degree program, including BFA, MFA, Diploma, and Combined Degree, should complete the online process at https://smfaartsale2021-students.artcall.org. Students have a separate submission process than faculty, staff, and friends.

How many pieces may I submit?

Students can submit for consideration up to three (3) works of art. Most mediums are welcome, except for work that is extremely heavy or fragile. The maximum size wall-hanging work accepted is five feet in any direction. Sculptures must be less than 29" wide x 23" deep x 21" high. The SMFA Art Sale jury and staff reserve the right to refuse any works deemed too fragile or large. Works that are sticky, wet, or warped are not allowed. 

How should I document my work?

High-quality images are essential to the selection and sale process. Images should be at least 1200 pixels tall and 1200 pixels wide and between 1-4 MB in size. Please spend time to achieve consistent lighting and be sure the piece is shown without background distractions. Artists should plan to submit three (3) images for each work: the first image should be cropped to depict the piece in its entirety (no people, backgrounds, walls, or furniture), the second image should be a detail shot that shows surface texture, the third image should be an installation shot that shows scale.

Visit this page for tips for photographing artwork for digital submissions.

When will I find out if my piece has been accepted?

Students will be notified by June 22, 2021.

Do I receive any of the proceeds from the sale of my work?

Your donated artwork allows all qualified students to experience an SMFA education with equal opportunity. Art Sale proceeds directly support student scholarships. For those who wish to receive a percentage of their artwork sale, we offer the option to receive 50% or 25% of the sale proceeds, minus a 1.5% processing fee to cover a portion of the costs of the online sales platform.

For example, if a work sells for $200.00, assuming the artist elects to donate fifty percent (50%) of the sale proceeds, the artist will receive proceeds in the amount of $98.50.00 ($100.00 sale proceeds, minus a $1.50 transaction fee.

How do I price my work?

All works are priced by the artist. If you have not sold work before, we encourage you to consult members of the faculty for advice on pricing. In past years, students have been most successful when pricing their work between $100 - $1,000. SMFA staff reserve the right to disqualify submissions if it is inappropriately priced.

When will I be notified if my artwork sold?

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by November 5, 2021. If your work does not sell, there are no additional steps you need to take.

If your work does sell, students must be able to deliver their piece(s) to SMFA on November 10, 12, 13, and 15, 2021. By applying to the SMFA Art Sale, you commit to bringing your sold work to SMFA during that time period.  

How do I need to prepare my sold work for delivery?

If sold, works on paper, such as drawings, photographs, and prints will be shrink-wrapped by SMFA staff upon arrival at 230 Fenway. Please bring your work protected between cardboard and glycine. Framed works and those on canvas should be delivered “ready to hang” with a hanging mechanism (D-rings or wire) on the back. 

I am a Continuing Education student at SMFA. May I submit work?

Yes, Continuing Education students may apply through the alumni, faculty, and friends submission link https://smfaartsale2021.artcall.org by May 28.