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All students enrolled in an SMFA degree program, including BFA, MFA, Diploma, and Combined Degree, are invited to submit work for consideration in the 2020 SMFA Art Sale. There is a special, online call for student art.
The SMFA Art Sale has traditionally been a four-day, in-person event where our community comes together to celebrate the art practice of our students, faculty, and alumni. Hundreds of people visit the school and purchase work that supports both SMFA artists and a fund for student financial aid. To keep our community safe during COVID-19, this year's sale will be held online via a virtual sales platform and the number of works for sale will be limited. These works will be juried based on the images submitted through an online call for art. 
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 submit your work through the Student Call, not the one for alumni, faculty, and friends.

Submit your work through the Student Call

Important Dates

SUBMISSION DATES: September 1 – 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST
ONLINE SALE: November 9 – 23, 2020
SOLD ARTWORK DELIVERY: December 1-4, 2020. Sold work must be received at 230 Fenway between December 1-4


For information or questions on artwork submissions, please contact Amber Nicodemus at or 719-271-9627.

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 Students have a separate submission process that runs September 1-30.

Please note, an SMFA Art Sale catalog is being produced. To be considered, student submissions must be received by September 11, 2020. 

How many pieces may I submit?

Students can submit up to three (3) works of art for consideration. Most mediums are welcome, except for work that is extremely heavy or fragile. The maximum size of 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 a 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 October 15.

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 financial aid. 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 online sales platform's costs.

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?

Artwork is priced by the artist. If you have not sold work before, we encourage you to consult faculty members 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 23, 2020. 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 between December 1-4, 2020. By applying to the SMFA Art Sale, you commit to bringing your sold work to SMFA during that time.

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 by August 31. The September 1-30 process is for students enrolled in the BFA, MFA, Diploma, or Combined Degree programs.