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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. 

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. 

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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 22-November 4, 2021
Notification of artwork sold: November 5, 2021
Artist drop-off: November 10,12, 13, and 15, 2021*

*Participating artists must be available to delivery their work during this time.


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Frequently Asked Questions

When are you accepting submissions?

SMFA Art Sale submissions will be accepted from April 15-May 28, 2021. Submissions are collected here: We recommend starting your application as soon as possible. You can edit your submissions until midnight on May 28.

Is there a fee for submitting?

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. Works will be rated on the quality of work and salability. 

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.

I am a current SMFA student. May I participate?

Yes, SMFA students will have their own registration and jury process, which will take place during the same time frame. All current SMFA students are encouraged to participate in the SMFA Art Sale. More information on submission details and the student jury session will be sent directly to SMFA students.

Does my artwork need to be framed?

No, works do not need to be framed.

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 upon delivery. 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 wiring) on the back. Framed works and canvases will be wrapped after they are delivered to SMFA during the scheduled drop-off time, which will take place November 10,12, 13, and 15, 2021.

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, 2021. 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?

Yes. There will be a 1.5% transaction fee on each sale. For example, if a work sells for $1,000.00, assuming the artist elects to donate fifty percent (50%) of the sale proceeds, the artist will receive proceeds in the amount of $485.00 ($500.00 sale proceeds, minus a $15.00 transaction fee.

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 SOLD ARTWORKS NOVEMBER 10, 12, 13, and 15, 2021. To accommodate physical distancing practices, each artist will have a scheduled time slot for delivery. Works must be hand-delivered in-person or via a professional shipping company to SMFA.
Out of state artists may ship sold artwork to the school (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.). Shipped artwork is DUE BY NOVEMBER 15, 2021. *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
℅ 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 5, 2021.

More questions?

Contact the SMFA Art Sale Team at