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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 2022 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 2022 SMFA Art Sale’s call for student art.

We are thrilled that we are returning to an in-person format for the 2022 SMFA Art Sale. Each year, this sale raises critical funds to support financial aid for SMFA students that encourages a diverse and broad representation of voices from all backgrounds.

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: April 15-May 27, 2022
Notification of selection: June 22, 2022
Artwork Drop off: Sunday, October 23 (3-8 pm) and Monday, October 24 (9am - 7pm)
VIP Pre-sale and Public Sale: October 27-November 5, 2022
Notification of Sold Artwork: November 7, 2022

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

When are you accepting submissions?

SMFA Art Sale submissions will be accepted from April 15 - May 27, 2022. We recommend starting your application as soon as possible. You can edit your submissions until midnight on May 27.

Is there a fee for submission?

No. Registration for the SMFA Art Sale is free for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

How many pieces may I submit for consideration?

Artists may submit up to three (3) artworks for consideration by our jury. Please keep in mind that it is difficult for us to accommodate large scale pieces that exceed 48 inches in height or width. Extremely fragile works and those that require intricate installations will not be considered.

How is the artwork selected?

All selections will go before an esteemed jury of art experts.

How should I document my work?

High-quality images will be essential to the selection and sale process. Images should be high resolution, at least 1200 pixels tall and 1200 pixels wide. Images between 1-2MB in size are preferred. 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.

Does my artwork need to be framed?

As all accepted artwork will be physically present at SMFA this year for in-person viewing, all 2D work must be dropped off "ready to hang," i.e. framed or on canvas/panel with a hanging mechanism (D-rings or wire) on the back. Picture hanging wire is preferred. SMFA will not be able to frame or install hardware onsite. 

When will I be notified if my submitted artwork was accepted?

All artists will be notified via email whether their artwork was accepted by June 22, 2022. Please do not contact SMFA directly about your acceptance prior to that date.

Do accepted artists receive a portion of the artwork sale?

The SMFA Art Sale is the school’s largest fundraising event, which benefits student scholarships and academic programs. We encourage everyone to consider giving 100% of their proceeds to the school so that we can create opportunities for talented emerging artists to experience all that SMFA at Tufts has to offer. For those that wish to receive a percentage of their artwork sale, we offer the option to receive 50% or 25% of the sale proceeds.

Are there any fees artists should know about?

No. Since the art sale is taking place in person there are no online transaction fees this year. 

How will images of my artwork(s) be used?

Artwork will be used to promote the SMFA Art Sale and affiliated events. Participating artists grant the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts perpetual, royalty-free, nonexclusive license to use, without limitation, any artwork or related image to promote the school and associated events and programs.

When do I drop off my artwork?

ARTISTS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO DELIVER ARTWORKS OCTOBER 23 (3-8pm) OR 24 (9am-7pm), 2022. To accommodate physical distancing practices, each artist will have a scheduled time slot for delivery that will be arranged through SignupGenius. Works must be hand-delivered in-person or via a professional shipping company to SMFA.

Out of state artists may ship artwork to the school (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.). Shipped artwork is DUE BY OCTOBER 24, 2022. *Shipment of artwork must be made at the expense and liability of the participating artist. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts will not pay for artwork to be shipped.
 
Please address to:
SMFA Art Sale
c/o David Thacker, Exhibitions Manager
230 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

When will I be notified if my artwork sold?

All artists will be notified of the sale of their artwork by November 7, 2022.

More Questions?  
Contact the SMFA Art Sale Team smfaartsale@tufts.edu.

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