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The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University thanks you for submitting artwork for consideration in the SMFA Art Sale. All artwork will be sold online this year and will be juried by an esteemed group of art experts, including Shinique Smith, Akili Tommasino, and Nina Johnson. Submissions from SMFA alumni, faculty, staff, and friends will be accepted between August 5 – August 31. 

Please note, current SMFA students will have a separate submission and jury process. Information will be emailed out the first week of September. Please stay tuned for guidelines. 

The online sale will take place November 5 –18, 2020. 

For more information and questions, see the call for art FAQs below.

Submit Your Work

Important Dates

SUBMISSION DATES: August 5 - August 31 at midnight
ONLINE SALE: November 5 – 18, 2020
SOLD ARTWORK DELIVERY: December 1-4. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are you accepting submissions?

SMFA Art Sale submissions will be accepted from August 5, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Submissions are collected on We recommend starting your application early. You can edit your submissions until midnight on August 31.

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 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 is the artwork selected?

To accommodate the online platform, fewer pieces will be available for sale. For this reason, artwork will be reviewed by a jury of artists, gallerists, and curators. Selections will be based on originality, aesthetic quality, and concept.

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.

I never attended SMFA. May I still submit artwork?

All members of the SMFA community are encouraged to submit their work.

I am a current SMFA student. May I participate?

Yes, we highly encourage participation from SMFA students. Students will have their own submission and jury process. More information forthcoming.

Does my artwork need to be framed?

No, works do not need to be framed. See below for how to prepare your sold artwork for delivery.

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.

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

All artists will be notified via email whether their artwork was accepted by September 30, 2020.

Do accepted artists receive a portion of the artwork sale?

While students and their families are navigating uncertain times, SMFA at Tufts remains committed to meeting the full financial need of our students. Your donated artwork allows all qualified students to experience an SMFA education with equal opportunity. We encourage everyone to consider donating 100% of the sale proceeds to support financial aid for SMFA students. 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.

By submitting work to the SMFA Art Sale, what terms do artists agree to?

In submitting artwork to the SMFA Art Sale, artists grant Tufts University, its officers, and employees (collectively referred to herein as “University”) and its agents and assigns the worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable right to: (i) photograph, videotape or otherwise record, capture, and utilize the artwork image, likeness and/or the voice of artists (collectively, the “Materials”) and (2) reproduce, distribute, display, create derivative works of and otherwise use such Materials for and in connection with the University’s public relations, publicity, promotional, fundraising and recruitment purposes, by any means, methods and media (website, social media sites, print and electronic) now known or in the future developed that the University deems appropriate.

Artists grant these rights with the understanding that no compensation will be paid by the University for such grant. 

Artists understand and agree that all rights, titles, and interests in the Materials shall remain with the University, but the underlying copyright in the Artwork shall remain with the artist. The University shall, to the extent reasonably possible, provide proper attribution to the Artwork in any use of the Materials. The artist understands that the University is not actually required to use the Materials in any way.

This agreement will be governed by the laws of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and represents the final and exclusive agreement between the University and me on this subject.

When do I drop off my artwork?

Only sold artwork will be brought to campus. ARTISTS MUST BE AVAILABLE TO DELIVER SOLD ARTWORKS BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 – 4. To accommodate physical distancing practices, we will work with each artist for delivery. Works must be hand-delivered in-person or via a professional shipping company to SMFA. 
Those who are unable to drop off their work at 230 Fenway may ship sold artwork to the school (by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.). ARTWORK BEING SHIPPED TO 230 FENWAY OR A BUYER IS DUE BY DECEMBER 1, 2020. 

Shipment of artwork must be made at the expense and liability of the participating artist.
Please address to:
SMFA at Tufts
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 23, 2020.

How do I price my work?

All works are priced by the artist. Appropriate pricing is an essential, and often difficult facet of selling your work. We ask you to consider fair market norms when setting your prices. If you have not sold work before, we encourage you to keep your prices low. SMFA staff reserve the right to disqualify submissions if it is inappropriately priced. If you would like to speak with someone regarding pricing, contact

I am an international artist. May I submit to the Sale?

Yes, all artists, regardless of where they are from, may participate in the art sale.